Chapman Guitars’ new UK-built line already having issues

Looks like Chapman Guitars has already fallen at the first hurdle with their latest attempt at a UK-built guitar range.

Things are already not looking good for Chapman Guitars’ new UK-built line. I originally wrote about the upcoming new Chapman Guitars line back in 2022. When KDH made a video about the latest attempt by Rob Chapman to launch a UK-built guitar line

Made in England Workshop Series

The official announcement from Chapman Guitars:

We’ve recently been made aware that it’s looking unlikely that UK Guitar Builders (UKGB) will be able to fulfil any more orders for the companies it supplies, including Chapman’s UK workshop series.

Fortunately, we are already in dialogue with an alternative experienced high-end Guitar builder with a view to being able to resume production in the next 4-6 weeks.
All customers with orders placed for UK-made Chapman guitars have been informed and offered the option to wait or cancel and have their deposits returned.
At this time, we would just like to wish all the staff at UKGB, the best for the future and reassure everyone that the Chapman workshop series production will resume as soon as possible.
Chapman Guitars Workshop Series


This all just goes to show how hard it is to launch a UK-built guitar range in today’s marketplace. Especially, as there are lots of cheap imports offering great value for money.

Plus, there are lots of great boutique hand-built guitars for very reasonable price points that are already on the market. I think Rob Chapman‘s vision of a UK-built guitar range is slowly fading.

Chapman Guitars

UK Guitar Builders

UKGB the makers of these UK-built Chapman Guitars has yet to make an official statement and so currently, the only information we have is the Instagram post from Chapman Guitars.

Looks like KDH was right with his predictions though.


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