About Tin-Tone ~ Sonic Fascinators:
from Independent London Store Guide 2012
Tin-Tone is a workshop in London which produces an ever-evolving line of 'Sonic Fascinators'; Metal-bodied Guitars & Amps of our own unique design, each entirely handbuilt by Jon Free using re-purposed 'upcycled' antique tins for soundchambers.
Jon has been a performing guitarist for some 25 years, playing with the bands Gin Palace, Penthouse, Country Teasers and The Cesarians, and has supported bands such as The Fall, Link Wray, Bob Log III, and The Kills. Jon also worked as a live Sound Engineer for 10 years, and has been a guitar builder/repairman for even longer...
Made to meet the exacting standards of the modern-primitive player, Tin-Tone Guitars have been described as "Genius" by artists as diverse as Lydia Lunch and comedian Stewart Lee, "Sick!" by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, "Beautiful... Quite Magical" by Jandek, and even as "Simply Artistic Genius!" by Ted Crocker, builder of the Honeydripper guitar for the John Sayles film of the same name.
Owners/Players include Seasick Steve, Sonic Youth, Mick Harvey, Roger Glover, Madness, Heavy Trash, Jandek and Lydia Lunch!
Acoustic or electric, each has an evocative and timeless sound all of it's own!
Soundfile: Swine-Flew by Jon Free Nov 2009
(Improvisation on Fretless Acoustic 4-String Tin-Tone)