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welcome to DW Studios

Welcome to DW Studios, home of professional musician Dean Whale.

 

RGT Registered guitar, drums and bass tutor since 2005 | Guitar setups, repairs and modifications | professional recording studio including track mastering | musician, band and DJ hire for any event covering the whole of the UK

 

Dean started learning guitar at the age of 7 and was influenced by music from The Shadows. At the age of 12, he won a Fender Stratocaster in a playing competition awarded by Bruce Welch of The Shadows. This lead to touring the UK and Europe with Bruce Welch and other 'Shadows' members.

 

By the age of 14, Dean had achieved grade 8 electric guitar with RGT, which he is now registered with as an experienced tutor.

 

At 15, he joined a semi professional rock and roll band called The Heartbeats and started working with other session musicians in theatre productions.

 

Dean started his business at the age of 17, teaching the guitar at Sharon Music in Gillingham and running his recording studio at home. He also built his first guitar and this was the first step in learning the trade of becoming a luthier. At the age of 21, he built his present recording studio in Rainham, where he now teaches guitar.

 

In 2007, he started up Jam Nights in the local area, so that his students could benefit from playing with experienced musicians in front of a live audience - see Session work for more info.

 

Dean has played in several bands since he joined The Heartbeats, and has had the privilege to work alongside some of the best musicians in the UK. He played with "The Lovedays" for 2 years and released their album 'House of Cards' in 2009. They played all over the country including the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, and Kenny's Castaways in New York City. He also played drums for Billy Wears Dresses, who signed to Formant Records in 2010 and released their first two singles into the shops in 2008.

 

Dean now devotes most of his time to teaching, recording & engineering in the studio and playing with MasterClass - a successful professional 3 piece events covers band that has played all over the UK and Europe, Acoustica - an acoustic guitar duo with Barry Kitchin, newly formed Royal Monster - UK tribute to Royal Blood, and to the new guitar workshop.

 

Dean is very dedicated and passionate about his work and would like to thank everyone around him including students and customers for their continued support and dedication.

tuition

the studio

The studio is £25 per hour for recording, mixing and mastering. Other services include drum replacement, vocal & instrument correction, audio restoration and audio quantisation. Mastering for individual tracks / EPs / albums is also available.

the workshop

The purpose built workshop allows access to a wide range of repairs and servicing.

 

re-strings  |  full setups and servicing  |  re-frets  |  fret leveling  |  electrical modifications and rewiring  | tremolo conversions  |  body work repair  |  external drum kit tuning and setup service

 

Second hand restored guitars are also for sale. If you have a guitar in mind, I can source one and bring it up to standard, or even customise it to your own requirements.

Brand new guitars, especially budget / beginner ranges, are sometimes extremely poorly assembled and finished due to poor quality control from the factory. But with some hand finishing these can be transformed into a perfectly playable instruments. Please contact me if you require more information.

Re-string Rates

 

  • Full re-string / fret board conditioned - £20 + strings
  • Full re-string / fret board conditioned / full setup (truss rod adjustment, intonation correction, action adjustment) - £30 + strings
  • add £5 for Floyd Rose style and classical guitars

 

If you know what string gauge you specifically require, just ask. If not a suitable gauge will be selected. You are welcome to supply your own strings.

 

For other services, please enquire for a quotation.

sessions: musician / duo / band & DJ hire

media

Here you can find demos of MasterClass events band, Acoustica and some of Dean Whale's arrangements that have all been recorded at DW Studios.

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