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Joanna Connor takes ownership of her new Tuagh guitar


As of Tuesday 2nd of November 2021, BTLX Guitars are immensely proud to be able to welcome the incredible Joanna Connor into the family as a BTLX Endorsed Artist.

Joanna is one of the hottest and brightest rising stars on the global blues scene with a residency at the world famous Kingston Mines blues club in Chicago.
Of course, Joanna has well and truly served her apprenticeship, having cut her musical teeth over the years alongside greats such as BB King, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Robben Ford, Danny Gatton, Robert Cray, Jimmy Page, ZZ Top, Joe Cocker, Etta James, and many many others.

Today, Joanna is one of those greats herself, and she's paying it forward by encouraging and nurturing the next generation of guitarists - Keeping the blues alive.

It was our privelege and honour to make one of our solid body Tuagh electric guitars for Joanna this year, and we were absolutely delighted to be able to present the instrument to her in person when she played Belfast at the end of her recent Eurpoean tour.

Joanna, you're one of the loveliest, most humble down to earth people we've ever met, and we are so incredibly proud to be associated with you.
We love you with all our hearts, and welcome you into Clan BTLX.

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In ancient times, the warrior heading valiantly into combat wielded his Battle Axe and swung it with great skill and precision. Similarly, in the modern age, a guitarist heading off to rock also wields their own Axe, handling it as if it were an extension of their own body.
Those ancient battleaxes were forged by blacksmiths, the artisan craftsmen of their day, produced with intense love and attention to detail. They had to be perfect in every way, uniquely tailored to the individual warrior who would own it. They were the original Custom Shop Axes.
A guitarists Axe today is no different. Lovingly crafted to the highest specifications, from the finest materials, uniquely customised by the luthier to meet the needs of the individual musician who will own and play it.
Just like those warriors of old, todays musicians need their own Battle Axe.
They need a BTLX.
To those about to rock - We salute you.

BTLX Custom Guitars - pronounced BattleAxe - is the name behind Ireland's latest and finest brand of custom hand made hybrid musical instruments.

Each BTLX guitar is individually crafted in the small seaside town of Carrickfergus, in the shadow of our majestic 800 year old Norman castle, either as a stock model, or to the unique specifications of the individual customer. 

Our instruments are made the old fashioned way - one at a time - which may seem like an unusual way to work, but we like to devote 100% of our time and attention to each guitar, seeing it through to perfect completion before devoting the same attention to detail to the next one.

Above all else however, we aim to bring you very high quality hand made custom guitars, without the usual astronomical price tags that you would normally associate with this kind of instrument.

Unlike other guitar makers, we don't follow the established crowd by creating copyright infringing clones of the big brand manufacturers models. Instead we have spent considerable time developing our own unique design, optimized to make the most of both traditional and cutting edge composite materials forged together with particular attention being paid to both playability and the perfect tone.

You can purchase a BTLX guitar in one of two ways.

You can buy one of our off-the-peg stock instruments, all of which come with a service agreement.

Alternatively, if you have something a bit different in mind and you feel that BTLX would be the perfect vehicle for your dream axe, get in touch and tell us your vision, and we'll come back to you with a quote.