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Mandolin and acoustic guitar specialist The Acoustic Music Company (TAMCO) in Brighton UK, was established by me, Trevor Moyle, in 2001.

I offer the world's finest handmade acoustic guitars and mandolins, mostly from the USA and Canada. TAMCO represents over fifty of the very best North American guitar and mandolin luthiers, a few small workshops but mostly individual craftsmen who make just 10 to 12 acoustic guitars or mandolins a year. I work closely with them, if you have a question about an instrument I will talk with the luthier that makes it. TAMCO is my passion and I hope my love of fine guitars and mandolins is evident in everything I do. 

I share part of the magic that is contemporary luthiery and offer you the prices that you would get importing yourself (and a UK based warranty with no need to return instrument to the USA for warranty work at your cost) and the opportunity to try out a selection of incredible instruments. 

As well as a very wide selection of hand made guitars by North America's finest luthiers, TAMCO has one of the biggest collections of fine mandolins in the world today, from mid-range instruments to the work of world class luthiers such as Mike Kemnitzer (Nugget mandolins), Michael Heiden and Hans Brentrup. 

I focus on keeping the store small, intimate and personal. I am not aiming for world domination, don’t expect to see TAMCO branches at your local shopping mall.

There is a dedicated acoustically neutral playing room and plentiful tea and coffee. Please plan to be here for hours, or days!

You can buy, trade or part exchange and we take instruments on consignment. We have a part time guitar tech who can fit pickups and strings and set up your purchase to your requirements.

The instruments that we carry are in many different sizes. You'll find parlour or parlor, tenor, size O, OO, OO, OM, grand concert, grand auditorium, dreadnought, jumbo, harp, mandolin sizes f style, a style, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, F1, F2, F3, F4, H1, H2, H3, H4, mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass, bouzouki. There are lots of modern features: bevels, cutaways, Manzer wedges, sound ports, fan fret, multi-scale, 12 fret, 13 fret, 14 fret, octave, baritone, short scale and much more. All instruments come with a guitar or mandolin case.

We have or have had instruments made from mahogany, cedar, rosewood, Manchinga, redwood, koa, maple, ebony, oak, cocobolo, adirondack, moon spruce, higuerilla, African blackwood, ziricote, wenge, bearclaw, paduak, sapele, sitka, walnut, pau ferro, myrtle, Englemann, Brazilian, Beeswing, pernambuco, Malaysian, Carpathian, Panamanian, 

The terms bespoke, boutique and custom shop are much used these days. Our luthiers and instruments certainly fit those categories. Some visitors merely appreciate the art that is evident in handmade instruments and the work on display is often described as guitar porn!

I am confident that you will find an instrument that caters for your tastes, style and needs. Musicians from around the world have bought from TAMCO. Their musical styles have included: bluegrass, country, folk, fingerstyle, flat picking, open tunings, Celtic music, DADGAD, blues, ragtime, general strumming, acoustic music, guitar music, mandolin music. Many of them have been singer songwriters, guitar or mandolin teachers, collectors and some are purchasing a gift or present for a loved one.

We don’t sell accessories other than D'Addario strings and K&K pickups.

As for our location, Brighton is a great city! There are many restaurants and hotels nearby (including lots of independent hotels and bed and breakfasts in The New Steine and Madeira Place, both just around the corner), the sea-front is 100 yards away, the town centre is 5 minutes walk, the station 15 minutes. We are 50 minutes from London Victoria Station and half an hour from Gatwick Airport. Brighton has one of the biggest choices of independent retailers in the UK as well as many other attractions (the beach among others) to entertain those in tow... For hotels and other information about Brighton visit 


Hand made Guitars

Playing Room

Trevor Moyle

Trevor says "The Acoustic Music Company is an expression of my failings as a musician and craftsman. I get to be surrounded by great music and awe inspiring instruments"


Way back at the beginning of the new millennium TAMCO was a pioneer in stocking hand made American Guitars and a comprehensive range of mandolins. Along the way I have also stocked Huss and Dalton, Santa Cruz and Collings guitars. From the beginning I also represented individual luthiers such as Kevin Ryan and Lance McCollum, I have been  working with Mike Baranik since 2001. In 2008 I decided to stop stocking any factory made, mass produced guitars to concentrate on hand made steel string, flat top guitars. I started working closely with many more North American individual luthiers, in most cases being their only European representative.

In the beginning….  I set out to have a range of mandolins unrivalled in Europe. Due to my obsessive nature this soon became one of the biggest in the world, with over 100 mandolins in stock, many more than some of the most famous US shops. More recently I have started to represent some of the world’s finest mandolin luthiers.

Full time managers John Pickard and Michael Watts helped TAMCO get where it is today but now I run the shop by myself with the help of my long serving part-time technician.

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  • The Acoustic Music Company Limited. Company registration number 4262157. VAT number 780 9274 00. Registered office, 4, Prince William Close, Worthing. BN14 0AZ
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