TRIBUTES have been paid to acclaimed Gwynedd guitarist.

Paul Brett, 76, of Pwllheli, died on the morning of Wednesday, January 31, after some weeks battling coronary illness.

Paul, one of the world’s most famous twelve string acoustic guitar players, led a life steeped in the music business.

A noted and immensely talented guitar player of more than five decades or more he performed and recorded with an endless selection of household names in rock’n’roll.

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He was a music industry guru and influencer, a journalist, a prolific collector of art and memorabilia and an avid collector and world leading expert in vintage guitars.

His life had many threads, he was a television contributor, composer/arranger, a marketer, A&R specialist, management and production expert, and an ardent fisherman.

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Latterly Paul became a guitar designer of note, designing of a range of over twenty different Paul Brett Signature model Vintage guitars based upon many of his favourite American “working Men’s guitars” of the 1930’s.

His last project for Vintage, the just released, the Fret-Dancer Series, was created in memory of Paul’s old twelve string afficionado buddy Johnny Joyce, who passed away twenty years ago to the day of Paul’s passing and will be a fitting and enduring memorial to them both.

Everything Paul did in his storied life brought pleasure, positivity and enlightenment to all who came in to contact with him and he approached life with a gusto, intensity, a wicked sense of humour, and a propensity for “telling it like it is”.

Paul Brett.

Paul Brett.

Paul is survived by his devoted and beloved partner of 42 years, Michele Breeze.

The funeral will take place at Bangor Crematorium, Llandegai Road, Bangor, on Friday, February 23, at 11am, preceded a goodbye tour of Pwllheli by the funeral cortege leaving from outside News Plus 59 High Street Pwllheli, Gwynedd at 09.30am.

After the funeral service there will be a wake and celebration of Paul’s life at The Glyn y Weddw Arms, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, from approximately 1.30pm.

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Michell requests that in lieu of flowers, donations are made to the West Gwynedd branch of the RSPCA, in Pwllheli, Gwynedd, at 54 High St, LL53 5RR, (Registered Charity # 226126).

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or bank transfer via a/c name: RSPCA West Gwynedd Branch, Lloyds Bank, Sort code: 30-90-43, A/c no. 01925203

and/or Guitar for Veterans Wales (CIC # 15042940), Wales which supports UK armed forces veterans living in Wales.