Striking a chord

Striking a chord

What do a classic Ferrari and a vintage Gibson guitar have in common?

London’s Denmark Street has long been associated with the music industry. The Rolling Stones recorded there in the 1960s and David Bowie and the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, while the collection of cafés, publishers’ offices and specialist instrument shops drew some of the biggest names in music to this small side street off the Charing Cross Road.


The Crossrail transport development, which has left a large chunk of central London looking like a building site, has seen the closure of some of Denmark Street’s most historical venues and a number of them remain under threat.


Happily however, the No Tom guitar shop isn’t in any danger of closing its doors any time soon. Specialising in vintage instruments, it’s perhaps best known for its stock of classic Gibson guitars.


We met the shop’s manager Chris Müller-Bennet, something of a guitar guru and, as he explains, born into a family of Ferraristi. His father's pride and joy was a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB, with its distinctive lines styled by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina.


The iconic design, the definitive tone, the huge enjoyment factor… are we talking vintage cars or guitars here? Both, of course.