TIN-TONE ~ SONIC FASCINATORS
from Independent London Store Guide 2012
Founded in London in 2005, but relocated to Melbourne in 2013, Tin-Tone produce 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.
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 Sterling Smith aka Jandek, and even as "Simply Artistic Genius!" by Ted Crocker, builder of the Honeydripper guitar for the John Sayles film of the same name.
Tin Tone Guitars have been used in performances presented at London's Tate Gallery and a mass-performance was centrepiece of an installation at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Owners/Players include Johnny Depp, 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!
About Jon Free
Jon has been a performing guitarist for some 25 years, playing with the bands Penthouse, Gin Palace, The Amusiacs, Country Teasers and The Cesarians, and in the course of doing so has supported such legendary bands as The Fall, Link Wray, Bob Log III, and The Kills, culminating in a collaborative performance with Lydia Lunch fronting the Tin-Tone Army. Jon also worked as a live Sound Engineer for 10 years, and has been a guitar builder/repairman for even longer... Jon and the Tin-Tone workshop relocated to Melbourne, Australia in 2013
Soundfile: Swine-Flew by Jon Free Nov 2009
(Improvisation on Fretless Acoustic 4-String Tin-Tone)