John 'Deptford' Armitage

Event Details

Event date: 
20 October 2014
Event time: 
7:00pm
Venue Address: 
Room 101A, The Institute

Who should attend? 

Any students who play guitar and want to be able to save money by doing basic maintenance themselves. N.B.Whilst the class is guitar focused, any of the techniques covered are also applicable to bass guitars. We also have a Bass specific class on Tuesday 21st October.

Session Content:
Tips on selecting a guitar
Techniques to keep your instrument in good condition at home
A Q and A session to find out the top guitar players tips and secrets !!

Why you should attend this class:
1) To learn more about your instrument
2) To save yourself money by doing basic maintenance at home and 
3) To hear what it's like to work at the top of the tree in the live music industry, 

John 'Deptford' Armitage Biography

After 30 years travelling the world with rock and pop superstars, John decided it was time to put his talents to good use nearer home. The result is the Whitstable and London based GUITAR HOSPITAL.

John started his music industry career back in 1978 as a favour for his next door neighbour and has never looked back!

He has repaired and maintained guitars literally across the globe both on tour and in the studio, working with rock acts such as: IRON MAIDEN • THE BLACK CROWES • MOTORHEAD • MANIC STREET PREACHERS • DOGS D’AMOUR • THE VERVE •THE CHOIRBOYS • DEF LEPPARD • STEREOPHONICS • WHITESNAKE • DREAM THEATER • SCORPIONS • PENDULUM.

For SPINAL TAP at Wembley Stadium for Live Earth John had 11 bass players to look after during one song!!

He has looked after guitars and basses for the top session players in the UK on massive arena and stadium pop tours including: THE SPICE GIRLS • S CLUB 7 • GEORGE MICHAEL • POP IDOL and the reunited juggernaut that is TAKE THAT – working on the Ultimate, Beautiful World and Circus Tours and the recent 100 truck behemoth that was the Progress Live Tour, breaking all records for the biggest and fastest selling UK tour ever.

He has worked with many female artists and their bands including: ANNIE LENNOX • MARIANNE FAITHFUL • ALANNIS MORISETTE • SARAH BRIGHTMAN • NATALIE IMBRUGLIA • MEL C • KYLIE • LILY ALLEN • MARTHA WAINRIGHT.

As well as a variety of eclectic artists such as: JOHN SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION • ROBERT PALMER • NICK LOWE • JAMES • NEW ORDER • CRAIG DAVID • DANIEL BEDINGFIELD • PORCUPINE TREE • HARD FI • THE CORAL • THE STREETS.

John is an approved MUSICMAN service technician and repairer and endorses GORGOMYTE fret and fretboard conditioner.

John also maintains several private guitar collections for various music industry luminaries including MICK JAGGER. 

Spaces limited. To register, email bookings@icmp.co.uk with your name, course details and 'Guitar Maintenance' in the subject line.