This handmade Strat-style guitar is raising money for music venues at risk of closure

(Image credit: Ashley Cox)

The UK has been struggling through the continued closure of the £4.5bn live music industry, with campaigns like #LetTheMusicPlay being launched to help raise awareness and funds.

Now, UK-based luthier and musical tech engineer Ashley Cox has built a Strat-style electric guitar to be raffled off for the Music Venue Trust #saveourvenues campaign, supporting grassroots music venues struggling and at risk of permanent closure amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.