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12 Guitars at

The Teenage Cancer Trust

Ken Morton of 12Guitars and Samantha Termer of Teenage Cancer Trust

12 Guitars at the Teenage Cancer Trust
12 Guitars are pleased to announce the gifting of guitars and equipment to
The Teenage Cancer Trust ward at The Beatson in Glasgow.

Glasgow based Social Enterprise 12Guitars are on a mission to enable young musicians and other people in our society needing a boost by donating free guitars and providing guitar tuition free of charge at the point of use. Established in 2019, 12Guitars has already created quite an impact with many young people, youth
groups and support organisations having donated dozens of guitars and having delivered many great guitar tuition sessions.

12Guitars’ Director Ken Morton explains: “12 Guitars is delighted to be in a position to support the Teenage Cancer Trust and their ambitions for providing music therapy as a core activity to their young patients. The UK music charity ‘Music for All’ kindly donated a number of very high-quality guitars to 12Guitars for us to distribute to worthy causes. When we approached the Teenage Cancer Trust at The Beatson in Glasgow, we couldn’t have been more welcomed by Julie Cain, the Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist, and her inspirational team. They already had three acoustic guitars in their ward but none were playable, with broken and rusty strings and needing some work. 12Guitars serviced and restrung these guitars with strings from our partner: Rotosound strings. They are now back in the ward ready to play again. This was then followed up with the 12Guitars donation of high quality electric guitars (received from Music for All)together with suitable amplifiers and equipment.

Ken Morton continues “12 Guitars is delighted to have started this pilot scheme at the Teenage Cancer Trust ward at The Beatson and it is our ambition to reach out to all the other Teenage Cancer Trust Wards and outlying support staff in the UK. This is so we can donate further guitars and provide tuition services so
all teenagers who are patients will have additional opportunities to participate in music therapy. We have been in discussions with Regional Operations and Partnerships Manager; Vanessa Todd at the Teenage
Cancer Trust and sincerely thank her for her amazing support to get this programme started.”

Find out more about the Teenage Cancer Trust’s music therapy here:
https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/about-us/our-story/music

12 Guitars refurbished 3 acoustics Samantha Termer with the 12Guitars donation

Rotosound

We are delighted to have Rotosound as our String Partner. All of the guitars we refresh and refurbish go out with Rotosound strings fitted.

Founded in 1958 by James How as a small, UK based, family-owned and operated company, Rotosound core values are little changed today. More sophisticated machines, designed and built by the late founders son, Jason How, still produce high quality instrument strings using only the best materials and a great team of people who really love what they do. Each string is physically and visually inspected at every stage of the manufacturing process to get maximum consistency, ensuring each one is unrivalled in tone, tuning stability and durability.

Rotosound has been creating, designing and making strings for over fifty years. By helping music icons like Jimi Hendrix, John Entwistle and Geddy Lee to create their amazing sounds, Rotosound strings have become synonymous with the British Tone. Renowned throughout the world, Rotosound is the home of legendary products such as Swing Bass 66 and Roto strings and is justifiably proud to be part of rock history.

Whole Lotta Guitars

What’s the Story

From July to September 2020, Glasgow-based social enterprise 12 Guitars will be giving away 12 guitars to 12 individuals or organisations in Scotland and beyond. Although our primary focus is on enabling young people to access guitars and tuition, we are broadening our focus for this campaign to cover all ages. The guitars will be a mix of types and styles and will include acoustic guitars, classical guitars, electric guitars and bass guitars

Making it happen

Gerry Thorogood, Co-Founder of 12 Guitars explained “12 guitars will be selected from our instrument library. Some will be brand new guitars and some will be guitars repaired, refurbished or improved by our Technical Guru, Ken Morton of Morton Guitars. All guitars will have a new set of Rotosound Strings fitted courtesy of our new sponsor Rotosound. We will be making a short film for each guitar, checking it over and preparing it for use and will film the handover of each guitar to the individual recipient or organisation and cover the background to the individual’s own desire to play guitar ”.

Identifying Recipients

We will be working across the community with the Third Sector and with our partners to identify individuals and organisations that will benefit from receiving a guitar.  We are aiming to find people from different backgrounds and locations and to get a guitar into their hands and get them playing as soon as possible. If they need tuition, we will provide this to get them started.  We will make sure that we cover different locations in Scotland and perhaps a few that are further afield too.

If you want to tell 12 Guitars about a deserving individual or organisation you would like to put forward, you can  send an email to  whatinspired@12guitars.org or use the contact form on the website www.12guitars.org  

About 12 Guitars

12 Guitars is a social enterprise formed in 2019 in Glasgow by Gerry Thorogood and Steve Plummer. We make guitar playing accessible to young people free at the point use. We have engaged over 200 hundred young people since our formation and have given away or loaned dozens of guitars. We have converted a double-decker London bus into a practice and recording studio, learning space, meeting place and guitar tech workshop.  We are based in the Glasgow Caring City Warehouse at 249 Govan Rd, close to the BBC, The SSE Hydro and The Science Centre.

“We have seen the positive effect that guitar playing can have on people of all ages, building confidence, improving communication and teamwork skills and helping people de-stress from everyday life. We want to use this campaign to build on the success of our first year and we look forward to enabling a whole lotta new guitar players” – Steve Plummer Co-Founder of 12 Guitars

About Rotosound

Started in 1958 by James How, an engineer who made strings for his own instruments, Rotosound became known around the world for its superior quality products and famous endorsees such as Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Queen to name just a few. The Who’s John Entwistle started a long partnership with James and helped develop the Swing Bass roundwound strings which have become the industry standard. Gathering the most prominent artists over the following decades from Jaco Pastorius to The Edge, Oasis to Guthrie Govan, Rotosound has been the go-to string for every music generation.

About Morton Guitars

Morton Guitars’ founder, Ken Morton says, “I’ve been playing guitars since the early 70s and many of the hundreds of guitars I’ve owned and played were built in the 50s , 60s and 70s. I have been playing, building, repairing, upgrading, buying and selling electric, acoustic and bass guitars for most my life. I know a thing or two about what guitars were like back then, what made them great and how they are built today. At Morton guitars we specialise in taking old, broken, unloved and un-played guitars and bringing them back to life so they play really well for someone new to cherish and make music on them again. We also build our own range of electric guitars, some of which are owned and played by top performing and recording guitar players around the world. We just love everything about guitars!

Delivering online classes

During lockdown we are continuing to deliver classes online for the Glasgow Home Education Group. We are currently exploring how we can accomplish similar programmes for our other clients.

Our new monthly event for guitar lover launches Feb 23rd

Come along to our new monthly event where you can buy, sell, trade, swap guitars, pedals, amps and all things guitar related. You can also play on our open stage if you like. £5 entry on the day which let’s you buy, sell swap and trade. Reserved Trader’s tables are also available at £15.

Support from Charlie Burchill of the Simple Minds

Some Launch Party Pics …..

12 Guitars is live and we want to receive any musical instruments or equipment that you wish to donate to enable us to use, re-cycle, up-cycle or sell to generate funds.

We would like to hear from Guitar and equipment manufacturers and also Corporate organisations who would like to sponsor any of our events or support the conversion of our Double Decker Bus into a mobile recording and practice studio, a learning space and a meeting place.

We would also like to hear from you if you would to get involved in one of our events, volunteer for 12 Guitars or offer tuition.

Let us know about someone whom you think  might benefit from our support.

Contact us on the Get in Touch page.

This is what it’s all about

This is from The Govan Youth Information Project taster session. It says it all

Support from the TV and Film World for 12 Guitars


We are delighted to announce that Film and TV Actor Scott Peden Swill be with us at the Launch Party on August 24th to share both his inspiration for guitar playing and song-writing and to perform some of his own songs.

Scott’s Film and Television credits include The Wee Man, Rise of The Footsoldier 2, Emmerdale, River City, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Break and The Strangers.

Scott has released two studio albums and has written the soundtrack for films including The Drama Club, The Wee Man and and Break.

Jason Stewart pitches in with two crackers and a new single …..


Two fabulous electro acoustic guitars donated today by Jason Stewart, guitarist and Lead Singer of Made Of Eyes Their latest single “Misery” is available now on Spotify. Thank you for your generosity Jason. With your help these guitars will soon be inspiring new young guitarists.
Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/7dlUvXTHBNXUTaZMXSAgb2…

The latest additions to the family today…….

It’s an Hohner Rachel

It was Whisky in the Jar or Country Roads for you Rachel. This lovely Hohner guitar will help a young person make their music soon!

A Takamine joins the family

Thank you to David MacDowall who donated this wonderful Takamine during our You Tube shoot the Big Feed venue this week.

Freeze Frame

All aboard the Number 12 ……..

Steve and I will soon be giving you some exciting news on what we are going to be doing with this London Bus.

Who will, who will Rock you!

Someone will soon, thanks to Allan Easton. Thank you for your support Allan.

Thank you Mr McD

Cheers Tom. Cracking guitar and practice amp added to the loan pool.

12G12 has entered the building


Thank you to Paul Robb from Glasgow for his donation of a great 3/4 size acoustic and tuner, capot, strap, gig bag and strings. This is a great addition to our instrument library.
This is also hugely symbolic for us as this completes the first 12 guitars in the library. Guitar 12G12 will be opening new doors for someone soon.
Thank you Paul.

Teaming up with The Govan Youth Information Project (GYIP)


12 Guitars is teaming up with The Govan Youth Information Project (GYIP) a non-profit organisation with the aim of delivering empowering and meaningful youth work to all children and young people within the Glasgow Govan area. http://gyip.org.uk
We are attending a number of GYIP Youth Groups on July 14th to promote 12 Guitars and to obtain valuable feedback from our target audience. We are hoping that some members from these GYIP groups will take part in our first 12 Guitars intake. 23/5/19

Loch and Roll……


This is my dear friend Robert Russell, in Cove on the shores of Loch Long this week, handing over his kind guitar donation. It is always a pleasure catching up with Robert and Irene in this beautiful part of Scotland. 15/5/19

Welcome aboard Steve

Guitar Guitar Glasgow add to our instrument library

Thank you to Guitar Guitar in Glasgow for their continued support. With their help we have just added 3 new Spanish Guitars to the instrument library 7/5/19
Thank you to Steve Plummer from Classic Rock Band Shardlake @ShardlakeRock for this beauty. You can catch Shardlake at the Ferry, Glasgow on May 4th. https://www.the-ferry.co.uk/gigguide/may.html

The one and only! Our first donated instrument. Thank you Ellie



We are delighted to announce that Steve Plummer the guitarist from Classic Rock covers band Shardlake has joined the team at 12Guitars as a Trustee. Welcome to 12Guitars Steve, your expertise, experience and enthusiasm for guitar playing will be invaluable!

All together now ………

We are delighted to have joined the social enterprise community in Scotland to help us make the right connections. 7/5/19

Shiny happy people …..

Getting ready for our instrument library …… 29/4/19

All strings welcome at 12 Guitars…..

A lovely violin given to 12Guitars by Iain Robertson – 28/4/19

Start me up! – Packs donated by Guitar Guitar, Glasgow

We are delighted to have Guitar Guitar on board to support 12Guitars. Robert Robinson handing over two guitar starter packs on April 20th. 20/4/19

Steve from Shardlake Rocks!

We are delighted to have Rotosound as our String partners.

A Whole Lotta Cove from Robert Russell

Thank you to Robert Russell from Cove for this Black, Encore electric guitar.

What’s the story?


This is donation 12G01 – Thank you to Ellie for being the first person to donate an instrument to 12Guitars (in fact she donated 3) I hope many follow your lead. This Lindo, left-hander will have a special place in the 12 Guitars story……..

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