Simon Fay Acoustic Guitars

I have been following Simon's work for quite a few years now. He says he's a perfectionist and that can only be a good quality in a luthier, he aims for clarity, note separation, and balance but with great warmth and complexity. As I often say, it takes a great luthier to combine clarity and depth and resonance, in lesser instruments is either/or.

While on track to begin graduate studies in Virology, Simon made the rather unusual transition to instrument building. In his own words, "I think the most promising characteristic of a great luthier is a drive for perfection. It makes no sense to spend 150 hours on an instrument just to make it okay. And I think that is why I love lutherie so much. It is a great expression of spontaneous creativity and purposed design. It is both intellectual and hands-on. And it is more than just fine woodworking because it is a blending of those skills with the mediums of art and music. In summary, I have found few things more satisfying than stringing up a guitar for the first time - knowing that all my hard work will be passed on to another to be used as a springboard for their own passion and creativity."

Simon chooses to focus his efforts on just one model — his Contemporary OM. This model is a modern interpretation of the traditional Martin OM that is heavily influenced by the elegance and beauty of the classical guitar. Simon builds with a strong emphasis on clarity, note separation, and balance but not at the expense of tonal complexity and warmth. The response is lively and vibrant with excellent volume and projection. This design is versatile and can accommodate a wide variety of playing styles from melodic fingerstyle to heavy strumming.
  1. Fay Model One - Englemann and Black & White Ebony

    Fay Model One - Englemann and Black & White Ebony

    Out of stock
    Guitars don’t get any better than this. With impeccable workmanship and detailing it has great presence and playability, with amazing balance from the lowest to the highest notes.

    Fantastic and well defined bass notes, rich and complex mids and clear trebles. A very versatile guitar, it is great for all styles from flatpicking and strumming to fingerstyle, it will handle it all.


    Engelmann Spruce Top
    Black & White Ebony Back &Sides
    Florentine Cutaway
    14 Frets to the Body
    25.0” Scale Length
    1 25/32” Nut Width
    2.25” String Spacing at the saddle
    15.2” Lower Bout Width
    Honduran Mahogany One Piece Neck
    Ebony Binding with Maple/Ebony Purflings Wenge Headstock Veneer
    Brass Fretmarkers (Side Dots)
    Wenge Rosette
    Ebony Fretboard
    Ebony Bridge
    Alessi Tuners with Hammered Brass Backplate and Ebony Buttons
    Dyed Cow Bone Nut, Saddle, and Bridge Pins
    Ameritage Custom Case

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  2. Fay Model One - Master Grade Sitka & Tiger Myrtle

    Fay Model One - Master Grade Sitka & Tiger Myrtle

    Out of stock
    I had an order with Simon when the person who ordered this beauty cancelled his order! Simon offered it to me at a reduced price, to order it now would cost over £8500. I would be very happy to put it out at the higher price, this is a work of art in sound and looks.

    The sound is very focused with unbelievable balance and clarity. Each note - from the lowest to the highest - rings out with warmth, perfect definition, depth of tone and great projection. As well as being an aesthetic masterpiece this is a perfect tool for the dedicated musician.

    • Master grade sitka top
    • Tiger Myrtle back and sides
    • Florentine cutaway
    • Three soundports
    • 14 frets to the body
    • 25” scale
    • 1 25/32” nut width
    • 2 ¼” string spacing at saddle
    •15.2” lower bout
    • Mahogany neck
    • Cocobolo purfling
    • Ebony bindings
    • Tineo headstock veneer
    • Inlaid backstrip
    • Hollow copper position markers (with side dots)
    • Maple rosette
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Rosewood bridge
    • Schertler tuners
    • Ebony tuner buttons
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Bone bridge pins
    • No pickguard
    • Ameritage case

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