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TALKING SHOP NORTHERN POWER HOUSE

Pinegrove Leather is a name that most guitar players wouldn’t have heard of 12 months ago, but the Yorkshire-based boutique strap maker has a burgeoning reputation for hand-crafting some of the most interesting and unique straps around. Josh Gardner heads north to meet the man behind Pinegrove, Rod Boyes, and find out how he found his passion for leather…

The Upper Calder Valley has long inspired artisans and artists alike – this stunning area of West Yorkshire has been a muse for the likes of Ted Hughes, Emily Brontë and Sylvia Plath over the years, while in recent times the imposing eastern slopes of the Pennines have provided a suitably picturesque backdrop to various films and TV shows.

Nestled in amongst this beautiful scenery is Hebden Bridge – a charming market town that grew to prominence in the Industrial Revolution, when the fast-running rivers in the area made it a perfect spot for wool mills, leading to its amusing nickname ‘Trouser Town’. The mills are long gone now, of course, but Hebden Bridge is still thriving – in 2005 it was named the fourth quirkiest place to live in the world, mainly as a result its thriving arts scene and its wide array of independent shops and businesses.

One such independent business is Pinegrove Leather – since 2012, company main-man Rod Boyes has been hand-crafting a variety of leather goods for musicians of various stripes, and so impressed were we with the quality of the straps that he and his very small team produce from inside a converted stone-clad factory building at the top end of town, we had to get a closer look.

OPENING BARS

For Rod, everything about Pinegrove Leather started with music, and it’s plain to see when we enter the small workshop and warehouse that he occupies with his wife and business partner, Louise. Guitars of various styles adorn the walls – along with pictures of iconic musicians – and as we sit down with a cuppa and an Eccles cake (we are in Yorkshire, after all) to chat about how this all started, Rod can’t help but begin by sharing with us the huge role that music has played in his life.

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The September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! This month we find out if Marshall’s wallet-friendly new Origin series delivers what everyone has been waiting for from the legendary British amp brand. We also tip our hats to the 10 greatest Marshall tones in rock history and find out how they were made – Messrs Clapton and Hendrix feature heavily but there are one or two surprises, too... Originators and trailblazers are something of a theme in this month’s mag – inside you’ll also find interviews with Doors star Robby Krieger, a celebration of the genius of Seth Lover and a close-up and personal look at the solidbody electric that started it all: a 1950 Fender Broadcaster. Elsewhere in gear we round-up the best products from the recent Summer NAMM show in Nashville and review a pile of great new products from Rick Turner, Stone Deaf, Lowden, Eastman and more. As if all that wasn’t enough there are three fantastic competitions, giving you he chance to win a Fender Player Stratocaster, House Of Tone pickups and a luxury Pinegrove strap. Get your copy of the September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine today...