“You achieved more in one lifetime than most people could achieve in ten”: Renowned 12-string guitarist and vintage guitar expert Paul Brett dies at 76

Paul Brett
(Image credit: John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd.)

Paul Brett, a world-renowned 12-string acoustic player and guitar designer with Vintage Guitars, has died aged 76. He sadly passed after a short battle with a coronary illness.

The Fulham-born musician enjoyed a journeyman career spanning over five decades, which saw him record and perform with many big names, as well as stand as an industry guru. A fruitful partnership with the JHS-owned brand, Vintage saw him create more than 20 Paul Brett signature guitars.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.