Gordon Smith Guitars are handmade to custom order in Manchester England and are the longest running guitar maker in continuous production in the UK. Gordon Smith Guitars make handbuilt guitars that feature their hand wound pickups and were the first to offer humbuckers with a coil tap as standard on a production guitar and also feature a brass nut. Gordon Smith Guitars are said to be the English Gibson but do make Fender inspired guitars. Incredibly Gordon Smith Guitars are at the same price point as far east imported copies and have an honest quality directed at the working musician. John Smith the owner says that they don't make furniture and likens the guitars to the indestructable zippo lighter. The guitars a favourite with punk bands are still played today by Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks.