Opening Hours:

10am - 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
By appointment only.


With over 20 years experience in playing, collecting and selling vintage guitars and basses, we are truly passionate about all types of musical instruments.
We understand what makes an instrument playable, collectable, desirable and, crucially, original.
We can offer advice from a player’s, a collector’s and an investor’s point of view.
Ultimately we believe that any instrument, regardless of its value or condition, should be played and we look forward to helping musicians young and old find the instrument that suits them.
We always aim to describe our instruments honestly and to the best of our knowledge.

Guncotton is one of the old names for nitrocellulose,
the type of lacquer widely used by guitar makers during the golden age of production.

Photograph by Richard Sibbald - -

Photograph by Richard Sibbald - -

Guncotton Guitars was founded in 2013 by Clement Cachot-Coulom,
 a lifelong musician and vintage guitar enthusiast.

Clement grew up in Paris and fell in love with Rock’n’Roll in the early 80s. He started playing guitar, bass and piano aged 14 and has been playing in various bands ever since.

“My passion for vintage guitars originated from a desire to play the same instruments as the musicians I admired as a teenager: Chuck Berry, the Beatles, Hendrix, Creedence...
I ended up analysing 50s and 60s pictures and footage nearly as much as music, I figured you needed the gear to get the tone and the look!
The golden age of electric guitar manufacturing took place between 1950 and 1965, there were so many timeless designs and groundbreaking ideas that have never been surpassed.
When the British Invasion kicked in, the main brands didn’t cope with the increased demand, the quality of their instruments quickly suffered.”

We also speak French and Spanish.
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All our instruments are available to view and play at our Showroom located on Columbia Road in Shoreditch, London.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about our stock or would like to visit us.


Guncotton Limited
Registered Office: Summit House - 170 Finchley Road - London NW3 6BP - United Kingdom
Company Number 8967998 - VAT Number 187 1786 61 GB