Patrick James Eggle Macon SC Goldtop review

Another single-cut from one of the UK’s finest luthiers, but are dramatic timbers, classy hardware and thoughtful electrics enough to convince us there’s gold in them there hills? 

Patrick James Eggle Macon SC Goldtop
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

The Macon SC Goldtop is beautifully designed, flawlessly constructed, plays uncompromisingly well, sounds fantastic and is delightful to behold. Compared with Murphy Lab Gibsons and PRS Private Stock models, the guitar looks to be something of a bargain.


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    Beautifully designed.

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    Flawlessly constructed.

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    Plays uncompromisingly well.

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    Sounds fantastic and is delightful to behold.


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    Anything one doesn’t like is down to personal taste, but there are generally no cons.

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Patrick Eggle is one of the UK’s highest profile guitar builders. Since bursting onto the scene with his PRS-alike Climaxe, which received its first review in this very publication back in 1991, he and his six-string creations have gone from strength to strength.

It’s not widely known, but Eggle spent time in America studying acoustic guitar making with the builder of James Taylor’s guitars, James Olson. He brought this knowledge, and a slew of his own ideas, to a range of high-end acoustics using exotic timbers and fancy inlays, and since returning to his first love – building fine electric instruments – he has brought some of that to the table, too.

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.