Billy creates a wide range of guitars in all different shapes and sizes including 6, 8, and 12 string acoustic, hollow neck weissenborns, ukuleles and Irish Bouzouki’s using solid tone wood from local and international sources. Billy also makes electric guitars and lap steel guitars. Billy’s passion for fine detail, structural integrity and superior tone are obvious when seeing and playing a guitar built from his hands.
“Creating guitars by hand is a dying art form and one i am proud to give my energy to; to keep it alive. I don’t use the large computerised machines that are found in guitar making factories. The hand crafted touch, gives the guitar and unique feel and sound and i think musicians respect the instrument more because of that. Timber has a natural beauty about it. There is no better feeling than when you hear the first few chords strummed on a new guitar you’ve just spent 160 hours working on. It really is incredibly rewarding”
Tarrant Guitars also hand crafts a select number of Weissenborn Style hollow neck lap slides each year. Loosly based on the original Hermann Weissenborns of the 1920's, the "hollow neck" on these instruments are deeper than most standard Weissenborns, with the intention to bring even more depth and tone out of an already "big" sound.
An Example of the features on a Tarrant Hollow
Neck Slide like the one pictured here include
Tasmanian Blackwood top back and sides
West African Ebony bindings, fretboard and bridge pins
Bone nut and saddle
Sitka Spruce bracing
Mahogany kerfed lining with solid maple neck linings
Paua shell fret markers
Victorian Blackwood Rosette and Headplate
Gotoh chrome machine heads
25 inch scale length
K & K Pure Mini Pickup