Dick Knight where it all began for knight guitars
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A Short History of Knight Guitars

Stanley (Dick) Charles Knight was born 22nd March 1907. Dick started as an amateur player and began to get proficient on the banjo and clarinet while working as a machinist. One day there was a freak accident and he severed part of every finger on his left hand. So he thought, I can't play them so I'll make them.

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He worked with Saunders Row during the war building wooden planes, boats and pontoons. He was the foreman of a large wood working mill.

Eventually he was approached by Joe Van Stratten. Joe had the money and Dick had the know how. So they formed a company called Stratten Guitars which ran from 1946 to 48, with difficulties getting supplies - like wood and machine parts - the company was doomed from the start. Dick went through a period of illness - pneumonia, etc. When the company closed Dick continued to work with Ben and Lew Davis at Selmers and he stayed there until his wife became ill - this meant he had to get a job locally so he could be at home with the girls. So he got a job just around the corner, with West Surrey Industries as a mill foreman. As well as being on call for the family, in his spare time he started making guitars in the shed at the bottom of the garden. He carried this on until his wife Ivy died of cancer in 1963. At that point he stopped working for Surrey Industries and started making guitars full time.

In late 1964 Gordon Wells met Dick when he repaired a guitar for him. A year later Gordon and Dick's daughter were romantically involved. Gordon was working part time and he joined with Dick building guitars full time in January 1967.

Dick and Gordon worked together from then until 1986 when Dick had a heart attack. In that period to 1986 Dick made guitars and Gordon did all the repair work.

After 1986 Gordon was now taking guitar making forward. Dick was no longer making guitars although he was still involved in the business.

Gordon began working on his own marque. Robbie his son was interested in electronics and lost his job, in 1991 he asked his dad if he could come along to sweep the workshop and he's been there ever since.

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