Co Down guitar maker goes into liquidation

A guitar manufacturer in the North which made instruments for some of music’s most famous artists is going into liquidation, it was revealed.

Avalon Guitars, based in Newtownards in Co Down, has produced customised guitars for hundreds of performers including Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, the Corrs, David Gray and Katie Melua.

The liquidation is being dealt with by accountancy firm FPM.

An FPM spokeswoman said: “FPM have been instructed to help the company convene an Article 84 meeting, which places the company into liquidation, and that meeting will be held next Thursday.”

Avalon Guitars describes itself as a leading maker of premium custom guitars in the UK and Ireland.

Many big names have visited the Newtownards factory to inspect their instruments while they were being made.

It was established in 1990 as Lowden Guitars. A statement from the company on Discover Northern Ireland’s website before bad times hit said: “Every guitar produced at our workshop in Newtownards is the result of many hours of expert craftsmanship, using only the finest tonewoods to produce an instrument of finesse and tonal superiority.

“Visitors are very welcome for a guided tour which takes in each stage of the production, showing the transformation of raw timber into an exquisite blend of woods and shapes and sounds.”

The owners were not immediately contactable today.

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