Gordon Giltrap receives MBE at Buckingham Palace


Master guitarist and fundraiser, Gordon Giltrap, has officially been made a Member of the British Empire, for services to music and charity. We are particularly proud in the MIA office, as Gordon is an ambassador of the industry Charity, Music for All! 

Celebrated guitarist, and Vintage and Fret-King Signature artist, Gordon Giltrap has officially been made a Member of the British Empire for his services to Music and Charity. Attending Buckingham Palace for the formal Investiture Ceremony, Gordon was joined by members of his close family, and dear friend, fellow Vintage endorsee, Carrie Martin.

‘The ceremony was performed by Prince Charles,’ said Gordon. ‘He told me he’d heard that I was a great guitarist, to which I replied, “I do my best sir.” I then mentioned to Prince Charles that I had played guitar for his father, as I am a member of The Grand Order of Water Rats, to which he asked “Then why aren’t you wearing your badge?!” When I told him that I had been involved in the music business for 50 years Charles told me that he hoped the awarding of this MBE would inspire me to continue playing. It’s been a fantastic day.’

Fans of Gordon can watch him performing live, alongside Carrie Martin, Raymond Burley, Paul Brett and Rory Evans, at the Vintage Guitars ‘Something for the Weekend…’ Acoustic Concert at St. Mary’s – A Creative Space, Chester on Saturday May 25th.

To further add to his incredible start to 2019, Gordon, a longtime friend of Pete Townshend, was recently confirmed as a guest musician on the brand new album by The Who, due for release later this year.

Gordon has a Fret-King Artist Series Elise electric guitar, made to his exacting personal specifications, as well as a best-selling range of Vintage Gordon Giltrap Signature electro-acoustic and acoustic guitars. The latest addition to his Vintage collection is the ‘JG’ Mahogany (pictured), available now at all good Vintage retailers.