Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mooloolaba Retiree Vince Amos Gave Nikkii Joyce Insight into the World of Instrument-Making

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mooloolaba Retiree Vince Amos Gave Nikkii Joyce Insight into the World of Instrument-Making

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MUSICIAN and wood craftsman Vince Amos has only three fingers on his guitar-pick hand.

The 73-year-old Mooloolaba retiree is also 50% deaf.

Obstacles indeed to the average person with a love for music.

But not for Vince.

"When I was in Nudgee orphanage, I would raid the nearby cabinetmakers for scraps of mahogany and cedar and make little odd things," Vince said.

The youngster and his brother would spend several years at what became known as St Vincent's Home for Children.

His father would later come for Vince and he went to live with him in North Queensland.

Later, at age 17, Vince sliced off two fingers from his right hand with a circular saw while making photo frames.

His injury would ultimately see him rejected from the National Service call-up.

But that was to be the only setback from his accident.

Shortly after, however, Vince, a competitive cyclist, was injured seriously in a collision with a car.

As a result, he lost his hearing in his right ear.

The path on the way to pursuing his love of music and guitar-making was not proving to be an easy one.

"Some people like sport, and others like music," he said.

"I find though you can always love music, even after sport."

Adding to Vince's likeability are his conservation efforts, though these are a secondary factor compared with his primary aim of making quality instruments.

Vince makes his guitars from recycled pianos.

"I take the soundboards from old pianos, mark the treble and the bass and then away I go," he said.

"I find the contrast helps the sound."

Vince finds his materials by dealing with piano tuners, rejuvenators and restorers.

"I used to make the odd guitar as a hobby," he said.

His first marine-ply classical and steel string guitars caught the eye of several professional guitar craftsmen, who shared their tips. …

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