Guitar Review: The Guitar Magazine Reviews the Frank Brothers Signature Model

Oct 5, 2017 - Chris Vinnicombe, The Guitar Magazine

"Quirky vintage and modern boutique influences have coalesced into a new design that’s a potential world-beater...When the Signature Model is plugged into a Fender-style 6V6 circuit with just a touch of spring reverb it’s an almost ludicrously expressive combination. Held notes hang in the air and bloom in a manner you rarely encounter when playing a box-fresh electric. At times you’d even be forgiven for thinking that a high-quality, uncoloured compressor is present in the signal chain and it’s all made possible by Frank Brothers’ uncompromising approach to design, timbers, parts and build."

Read the full review here. 


The Guitar Magazine "Gear of the Year" 2017

Frank Brothers Guitar Company is thrilled to share that our Signature Model electric guitar has been nominated for The Guitar Magazine's 2017 "Gear of the Year" awards. 

Every year the expert panel of reviewers at The Guitar Magazine select the top 5 products that most impressed them across several categories of musical instrument gear. 

You can view the full list of nominees and vote for Frank Brothers. Polls close November 3rd. 

Vote for Frank Brothers - Click Here.

Read the Guitar Magazine full review of the Signature Model. Click Here. 


Blog: "On Tour With Daniel Romano!"

July 21, 2017 - Jon Frank

With his new Trillium White Frank Brothers electric guitar in hand, Daniel Romano is taking on the world, one show at a time.

Daniel Romano has got to be one of the coolest and most prolific artists out there right now. His new album Modern Pressure made the long list for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize and his extensive tour has taken him across the US, Canada and now Europe.

As long-time fans of his music, we couldn’t be more excited to have him endorsing Frank Brothers Guitar Co.

Read the blog and see more photos


"A New Era For Guitar Shows: The La Conner Guitar Festival and the Vancouver International Guitar Festival"

July 2017 - Jason Verlinde, Fretboard Journal

"What makes a great guitar festival? I suppose it’s a bit like a good dinner party: You need a decent turnout (preferably with actual buyers), you need memorable servings (that would be guitars, in our case), a good, organized layout, but—just as important—there needs to be some positive energy in the air."

Read more (check out the photo of our guitars in the gallery)


"Creativity Meets Sustainability at the Vancouver International Guitar Festival"

June 29, 2017 - Andy Perrin, Reverb.com

"It used to be that the question “Who played it?” was a key determinant in gauging the caliber of an item of guitar gear. These days, however, we’re fronting better, more incisive questions, like “Who built it?” and “Where did it come from?”

From June 23 to 25, guitarists had both questions answered at the first ever Vancouver International Guitar Festival. The event gathered a diverse group of sage and startup luthiers alike, whose handicraft told the vibrant story of Canadian guitar builders on the national and international stage."

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Daniel Romano's latest album, Modern Pressure, has been nominated for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List!

June 13, 2017

The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction.

The short list will be announced July 13 and the awards gala is on September 18. 

Daniel Romano is nominated alongside some of the biggest names in music like Leonard Cohen, Drake, Feist, and The Weeknd.

International Tour Kicks Off

Daniel Romano, a Frank Brothers player, kicks off a six month international tour today with over 50 shows in over a dozen countries

 

Polaris Music Prize - Modern Pressure

Daniel Romano - Tour Dates


"New Frank Bros Signature Model Hand Delivered by Tim & Nick Frank!"

June 9, 2017 - Ben Montague, The North American Guitar, London, United Kingdom

"Tim and Nick had flown over especially to London to meet with one of the UK’s most popular music exports to discuss a possible artist endorsement deal for their new album. The sheer fact that these guys got on a plane to hand deliver their guitars to the artist I think just shows the level of passion they have for their brand."

"We are extremely excited to represent Frank Brothers Guitars and expect to see great things from this wonderful family business in the future…and if you have not yet tried one just drop us a line here and pop into the showroom. They are awesome!"

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"Vancouver International Guitar Festival"

April 1, 2017 - Frank Brothers

We are excited to be exhibiting at the inaugural Vancouver International Guitar Festival (VIGF) June 23-25, 2017. Showcasing the art and craft of the world’s finest acoustic and electric guitar makers, attend to see, hear, play and purchase directly from the creators. Taking place alongside the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.

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Podcast: Tim Frank Interviewed by Doug Kauer on "The Luthierist" 

March 18, 2017 - The Luthierist Podcast

In this episode, Doug Kauer interviews Tim Frank from Frank Brothers Guitar Company. Good times!

 

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"Fretboard Journal's Bench Press: Frank Brothers Guitar Company"

March 13, 2017 - By Brian K. Saunders, Fretboard Journal

Since 2013 Jon, Nick and Tim Frank have building electric guitars as the Frank Brothers Guitar Company. We’d caught glimpses of their instruments here and there but didn’t get a real close look until our friends at The Music Emporium started carrying these original-but-classic-looking guitars. Now, as anyone who’s been paying attention can tell you, we love Telecasters and their variations both traditional and not-so-much, but our interest is always piqued by builders who can find a way to create something original that still feels classic–fresh but not jarring. The Frank Brothers guitar is right there in that sweet spot.

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"Electric of the Week"

March 9, 2017 - The North American Guitar

The newest addition to our electric roster, Frank Brothers, are a fantastic family-run team of luthiers, whose Signature Model features gorgeous and highly-figured quarter-sawn and bookmatched Curly Maple on the top and back sandwiching a Signature Vaulted genuine Mahogany core. Add in to the equation two Lollar humbuckers and you have a very responsive and expressive instrument.

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"UCS Forest Group: Canada's Best Managed Companies"

March 9, 2017 - Canadian Business

UCS Forest Group has been named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies. Frank Brothers Guitar Co. partner, Warren Spitz, is the CEO and Founder of UCS Forest Group and we are lucky to work closely with him and his team. This article gets into some of the reasons behind UCS Forest Groups' success, including the great company culture that Warren and his team of built over the last 30 years.

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"Take a Look Around the Frank Bros Workshop!"

March 4, 2017 - Michael Watts, The North American Guitar

At the Frank Brothers Guitar Company in Toronto Canada, every guitar begins with the highest quality materials. In this case beautiful, perfectly sawn mahogany and spectacular Flamed Maple. 

Of course, even the finest materials are nothing more than a source of potential. Frank Brothers guitars make that potential a reality with their skill and commitment to producing the finest instruments possible. 

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"Guitar of the Week"

February 7, 2017 - Westwood Music

Each week Westwood Music in Los Angeles, features a "Guitar of the Week" (GOTW) and this week features the Frank Brothers Signature Model!

Watch the demo video here and see other recent guitars of the week here, including Santa Cruz, Collings, Gibson and Martin. 


"Welcome Frank Brothers Guitar Company!"

January 21, 2017 - The North American Guitar

We've been watching Toronto's Frank Brother's guitars online for some time now. Their beautifully judged mix of vintage and modern had as intrigued and we were very excited when the first example of their work arrived. We were even more excited when we realised it was even better than we had hoped!

Looking at these images you'll doubtless understand the attraction...

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"Coming to the Zoo! Frank Brothers Guitar Company!"

November 9, 2016 - The Music Zoo

We are stoked to have yet another awesome brand of guitars coming to our store! Frank Brothers Guitars are all about quality and playability of the electric guitar era’s most venerable instruments with an original design distinctive of Frank Brothers. Each instrument is made with premium tone-woods, electronics and hardware.

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"Behind the Build: Frank Brothers Guitar Company"

October 14, 2016 - The Music Emporium

While taking in photos of stunningly beautiful guitars in various states of completion on the Frank Brothers website, we also learned of the Frank Brothers' rich musical heritage. Jim Frank, their father, was an award-winning recording engineer whose credits include work with Peter Gabriel and Alice Cooper. Their grandfather, Philip Frank, was a critically acclaimed, virtuosic violinist. At this point, our interest was piqued and we knew we needed to delve deeper. Who are these guys, and how do we get our hands on these guitars? 

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"I Want Your Job: Guitar-Making Gurus"

May 3, 2016 - Torontoist

Out of a workshop in Toronto’s east end Tim and Nick Frank craft electric guitars for a living. Their older brother Jon manages the business, which opened shop two years ago. We spoke to all three brothers about what it’s like to manufacture guitars and how doing so is keeping up a family tradition.

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"Phish Is Currently Finishing Up Their New Studio Album With Producer Bob Ezrin"

March 29, 2016 - Live for Live Music

During Phish’s three-night stand in Mexico, guitarist Trey Anastasio let it slip that the group was planning to work on a new album in the few months’ time until summer tour. While the recent appearance of Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman and Page McConnell at a recent Kung Fu funk concert in Nashville, TN was certainly indication that the band was working together, today we have some more official word on the project.

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