Gotoh in talks with UK’s ToneTech
Stockport based guitar parts supplier ToneTech Ltd has been playing host to a VIP group from Japanese guitar hardware manufacturer Gotoh and its international distributor Hosco. The delegation visited the ToneTech workshop at Pear Mill, Stockport last week to discuss future collaboration and how to grow the distribution of Gotoh’s guitar machine heads and bridges within the UK market.
ToneTech Ltd, a Stockport based company, supplies professional and amateur guitar makers across Europe with the tonewoods, guitar building parts, guitar paints, lacquers and other luthier tools they need.
During the meeting, the President of Hosco presented three new products to Bill Quinn, ToneTech’s Managing Director, as well as a special tool to help guitar repairers and two new Gotoh items, a special small sized machine head called the “Baby SGi510”. This lightweight machine head is designed for use on guitars, ukuleles, bouzoukis and mandolins, the small size gives the instrument maker more options when designing the instrument’s headstock.
The second item was a revolutionary bass bridge made from carbon fibre and titanium. Gotoh says using carbon fibre produces a very light-weight, yet strong bridge.
‘I was intrigued at first when both HOSCO and GOTOH asked if they could come to the UK to visit ToneTech and our workshop and to discuss growth plans. We talked together about ways of working, growth ambitions and how to provide us with key information, engineering diagrams and other essential literature that will enable ToneTech to better explain and sell their products to our UK customers,’ says Bill Quinn, Managing Director, ToneTech Ltd.
‘Hosting the Japanese delegation was a great experience and I’m really positive about what our collaboration will mean for both ToneTech and the UK luthier market.’
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