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ARCADE FIRE

James Bay knows it. Cory Wong knows it. Josh Smith knows it. Find out why pro players are getting hip to the allure of Frank Brothers guitars as Chris Vinnicombe takes the Canadian company’s new Arcade Model for a spin…

FRANK BROTHERS

ARCADE FIRE

James Bay knows it. Cory Wong knows it. Josh Smith knows it. Find out why pro players are getting hip to the allure of Frank Brothers guitars as Chris Vinnicombe takes the Canadian company’s new Arcade Model for a spin…

Our review Arcade Model gets some TLC from Nick in the Frank Brothers workshop

Our first encounter with the Frank Brothers Guitar Company was in late 2017 when the Ontario firm’s debut electric guitar design – the sublime chambered double-cut known as the Signature Model – waltzed in to the office and promptly smashed our hearts to smithereens.

Based in Toronto’s artsy Studio District, luthier twins Tim and Nick Frank (aided by older sibling and managing partner, Jon) build instruments that fuse vintage and modern influences with exacting attention to detail. Sweating the small stuff is in their genes: grandfather Philip was an acclaimed concert violinist and no stranger to a Stradivarius or Guarneri, while their award-winning audio engineer dad Jim worked with the likes of Alice Cooper and Peter Gabriel.

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