Seth Baccus Guitars - www.sethbaccus.com
Welcome to Seth's page here on andymanson.com - You can browse his gallery of instruments here
Here is a an introduction to Seth and his work in his own words -
Hi, thanks for taking an interest in my work. Guitar making is my true passion, and I'll attempt to tell you a bit about me and where I am coming from with my instruments.
I suppose it is fair to say I was always going to be involved with guitars in someway, my step father is Andy Manson, a legend in the acoustic guitar building world, so I grew up as a kid surrounded by saw dust, guitars and musicians. This progressed to helping out one day a week in Andy's workshop while I was at college. Making tea and sweeping the floor etc and generally just soaking up the atmosphere.
While I loved the acoustic guitars, and seeing how they were built, I became enamoured with the sound of electric guitars. I started playing a bit myself, jamming along to Nirvana, trying to make as much noise as possible, and fell in love.
I started working full time at Andy's brother and electric guitar maker Hugh Manson's retail shop when I was 18 years old. I worked there for 12 years, 8 of which as the manager.
I made it my mission to learn everything I possibly could about guitars. About the history, the models, the players and of course the builders. Working at the shop has been so valuable to me as a guitar maker. I worked with some fantastic people, and got to meet so many guitar players over the years. I really felt like I started to understand what people like in guitars.
I have been able to see and regularly play an incredible array of instruments. Genuine first hand experience of legendary guitars such as 57/58/59 Lp's, 50's and 60's Strats and Teles, not to mention a few pieces of rock history such as Jimmy Pages number one LP and the stairway SG double neck, John Paul Jones' collection of multi string monsters, the Manson Muse/ Matt Bellamy guitars, and a whole host of other classic guitars.
I built my first guitar in 2003, me and my friend and fellow guitar maker Tim Stark started building guitars together on our days off from the shop. The first one, it was a good guitar, a tele copy, but I knew I could do better so it was followed up very quickly by another, then another and before I knew it I was hooked.
I also worked with both Andy and Hugh through this time, learning as much as I could, I started building custom spec guitars for customers under my own name. Gradually developing my skills.
I have also worked as a touring technician, I've been on several tours with John Paul Jones (Led Zep, Them Crooked Vultures), he is an incredible musician, great guy and a true professional. The opportunity to work with John, Jimmy, Robert and Jason at the Led Zeppelin re union rehearsals and the 02 show was one of the highlights of my life, It was an amazing experience, and the gig was a magical night.
I was also lucky enough to be heavily involved with Muse from the start of their career. The guys are the same age as me and we lived a stones throw from each other. We got to know each other through local gigs and me working in the best guitar shop in town. The band were cool guys and great to watch even in the really early days, and we always did what we could to help them out with gear when they needed it. This relationship with the shop developed into Hugh building several guitars for Matt, Muses global success and the now famous Manson Matt Bellamy guitars.
To watch some of your friends grow to become one of the biggest bands in the world is a great feeling. The creativity that was captured in the guitars has been very inspiring. From the first Delorean to the launch of the MB1 It was great fun to be a part of Hugh's team.
In 2009 I left Manson's guitar shop to concentrate full time on my own guitars. I share a workshop with Andy, we work next to each other, doing our thing, sharing ideas, to watch him work is so inspiring. I have learnt the appreciation of the finest details, the subtlety of a flowing line , the balance of simplicity and elegance. His work is so graceful, I hope I have incorporated some of that grace in my guitars.
This unique education through out my life has given me a deep understanding of what makes a really special guitar. Whatever the unquantifiable magic is, I hear it and feel it.
I have taken a huge amount of tiny details into consideration when designing and building these instruments and what I believe you will find are some truly great sounding and playing guitars.
The evolutionary blend between modern and classic.
I relish this opportunity to share my guitars with you and hopefully inspire some magic in you as a player.
Please browse my gallery here
I hope you enjoy my work and please send me an email if you want to discuss an instrument further. "