Your Friendly Northampton Guitar Shop
Leo & Ted’s is a Northampton guitar shop specialising in Exceptional British Guitars from some of the leading builders in the country. For electric guitars, we are proud to be dealers for Crimson Guitars, Gordon Smith Guitars and Grainger Guitars. For acoustics, we are proud to represent Auden Guitars. We are also proud to be dealers for the amazing range of British-built guitar effects pedals from ThorpyFX and the superb VOD-50 amplifier from Rajani Amps, handbuilt in London.
The name of our business is a nod of appreciation towards Mr. Leo Fender and Mr. Ted McCarty, the two gentlemen who in our humble opinion shaped the sound of modern music as we know it. Alongside the fabulous new British guitars we sell, we’re delighted to offer a great used examples of their guitars with used guitars from Fender, Gibson and other well known brands. We try to offer a range you won’t find at another Northampton guitar shop.
Please give us a call to discuss any of our guitars or make an appointment to come and try them out at our private Northampton guitar shop showroom.
We also buy quality used guitars and we’re happy to take used guitars in part exchange – we’ll always do our best to give you a good and fair deal.
We love old Fenders and Gibsons but recognise sometimes people yearn for something completely different…something equally cool, rather familiar, but with its own character and vibe – made to the highest quality with the best woods and hardware. That’s why we love Crimson Guitars, made in Dorset by Ben Crowe and his team of master luthiers. Can’t decide between a Tele and Les Paul…get a Crimson Descendant! Many of our Crimson Guitars customers come to us for a used Gibson or Fender, then go home with one of these.
An old established British electric guitar brands, now beautifully made by hand close to Leo & Ted’s HQ in Northamptonshire, Gordon Smith Guitars offers a range of custom shop quality instruments at attractive prices. The designs are a modern twist on a classic theme – kind of recognisable but different. Produced by hand – no CNC here, just sweat, sandpaper and blisters – you feel the love in these guitars as soon as you pick them up. Any Gordon Smith Guitars instrument can be customised to create a unique instrument, tailored to your requirements.
Visit our Northampton shop for Grainger Guitars
Continuing the theme of outstanding British guitars, in this section you’ll find a range of spectacular instrument from Grainger Guitars in Market Overton, Rutland, UK. Rooted in their precision engineering business, Grainger Guitars are made by brothers Darren and Gavin Grainger to a meticulously high standard with totally beautiful woods in spectacular finishes. If you’re in the market for a stand-out rock guitar, just look at these.
OK they’re not strictly electric guitars, but these brilliant electro-acoustics by Auden Guitars all come with the spectacularly good Brad Clark Supernatural pickup system on board, so you can plug ’em in – that’s good enough for us. It’s no wonder these guitars are getting rave reviews, and standing shoulder to shoulder with the big American brands that cost significantly more. These Audens are a clever blend of Asian manufacturing economics and British craftsmanship – they’re really, really good!
We’re proud to represent ThorpyFX with a full range of Adrian Thorpe’s brilliant pedals available from the showroom and website, and at all of the guitar shows we attend. Unbelievably high quality tones and rock solid British build quality – we guarantee you’ll be thrilled with any of these pedals. We have a full demo board you can try in the showroom or at any of the shows.