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Closet Classics

Phil Armitage spent his working life as an examiner at the London College of Music. Now he’s retired, however, he’s had time to devote to a very organised kind of collection. LARS MULLEN takes a look in his cupboards…

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Phil bought this relic’d T-type as he wanted a Jeff Beck-style guitar

As a guitar teacher, Phil Armitage prefers the personal approach rather than teaching over the internet. His career as a teacher began in 1993, when he first started as an examiner for the London College Of Music, having since taught in schools, colleges and even prisons.

“The London College of Music looked great on my CV,” says Phil. “And actually started off my career as a guitar teacher. But a few years ago, I noticed I was the oldest geezer walking down the corridors, so as soon as I got my pension I thought, I’m having a change.

“The idea of packing up as a teacher didn’t enter my head, so I decided to teach from my studio here in the North of England.”

His new way of doing things also led to a reordering of his guitar collection, in the rigorously organised way that exemplifies a logical teacher’s brain.

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