Dan MacPherson started working on Guitars at the age of fourteen under the guidance of master Luthier Steve Smith who made the Heart and Heartwood guitars as well as the early Goodfellow basses. Working at weekends and also after school it didn’t take long for Dan to learn the rudiments of the trade in which he would make his living.

In 1990 D.M. Guitars was established, and with the wealth of knowledge gained working for Steve Smith, Dan MacPherson was able to continue working on his own providing a first class service as a guitar maker and repairer.

By 1995 D.M. Guitars had become a major player in the British Guitar industry as D.M. Guitars was now providing paintwork for some of the most prestigious names in the business, as well as continuing to make Guitars and provide a full repair service.

In 2003 D.M. Guitars moved to a new larger workshop, which would incorporate the new Luthier supplies section of the company. Continuing to provide paintwork for some of Britain’s well known Luthiers and brand names, D.M. Guitars also offered these company’s timber, bodies and necks. Due to the overwhelming success of the Luthier supplies section of D.M. Guitars a new Company was established in 2007 to take over all the Luthier supplies – Tonetech Ltd will be able to offer a far greater range of products with a dedicated sales team and online store.

Febuary 2007 – Dan MacPherson becomes a professional member of NAMIR (the National association of musical instrument repairers) and in January 2008 gets accepted as a member of IMIT (the Institute of musical instrument technology)

July 2008 – D.M. Guitars relocates to the Rosshill industrial Park in Southend-on-sea.

April 2011 – The first model of the new range of guitars is released along with a new website dedicated purely to “MacPherson” hand made instruments.

All D.M. Guitars products are hand made with care, skill and precision. Here at D.M. Guitars our woodwork and paintwork is of the highest quality.

Due to our superb finishes, we are used by some of Europes finest guitar makers and and leading music shops.


Labour is charged at £65.00 per hour.

Open to the public most saturdays, visitors strictly by appointment at all other times.