Haven Grove Studio

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

- Plato
The studio is the brainchild of Al Ingham after moving into his new home in 2010. The downstairs included a room, completely surrounded by brick retaining wall. There were no windows, and was carpeted. The only way sound would travel was up through the floor of the second story, or under the door. Almost perfect to begin setting up a small home studio where the creation of music recording could happen.
Making guitars, and making music. That's one of the main things the studio is about.
Music is a universal language that has the ability to convey many meanings.
Worship is a choice and a lifestyle. Through music, we enhance it to bring glory to our God.

Haven Grove Guitars

In 2015, Al began a journey into luthiery, and began building custom handmade electric guitars out of native New Zealand timbers. Beginning with a nice piece of matai, the process of carving the neck, routing the pickup cavities, and wet sanding the clearcoat finish was a steep but enjoyable learning process. From there, the introduction of macrocarpa, rimu, puriri, european ash, and kauri, were all used in subsequent guitars. And thus, Haven guitars became part of the work that Haven Grove Studio benefits from and comes under.

Let me explain something about guitar playing. Everyone's got their own character, and that's the thing that's amazed me about guitar playing since the day I first picked it up. Everyone's approach to what can come out of six strings is different from another person, but it's all valid.

- Jimmy Page

The Guitars

Native NZ Timber


We upload some of our demos onto Soundcloud for demo purposes. You can find our latest recordings there.

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