Appointments: Guitar Man Dave Pulls All the Strings; Working Life DAVE MILLINGTON Guitar Specialist

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Byline: JULIE RICHARDS-WILLIAMS

GUITAR maestro Dave Millington was just 10 years old when he bought his first acoustic guitar -it was the start of a lifelong love affair with this versatile instrument that more than 40 years later is as strong as ever.

Music has always played an important part in his life.An accomplished musician who is lead guitarist with Orbit,a local band specialising in music of the 1960s,Dave is one of the few people in North Wales who can service, repair and importantly,make guitars of all kinds.

When the opportunity arose in 2002 to take early retirement from his post as head of engineering at Coleg Llandrillo, it gave him the chance to establish a clinic in Rhiw Road,Colwyn Bay for what he describes as ``sick guitars''.

``I realised there was nowhere in the area where a guitarist could have his or her guitars looked at in a professional way,''Dave explains.

``My original idea was to provide a specialised service to improve the playability of their instruments,but whilst holidaying in Spain and looking at handmade guitars,I felt I could utilise my engineering skills and build them myself.''

After researching into materials and construction methods,Dave made his first guitar in October 2002 and since then many more have followed,both private commissions and those he himself uses at gigs. …