In 2000 Patrick James Eggle began a collaboration with Michael Stockwell to market a range of jazz guitars under the name PATRICK JAMES EGGLE and a total of fifty guitars were built. During the same period twenty PATRICK JAMES EGGLE “DISCUS” electric guitars were built. An article on the Discus appeared in the Guitarist magazine April 2003.
Patrick James Eggle made the Discus guitar as a tribute to Tony Zemaitis. The guitar features engraving by Danny O'Brien on all of the metal parts. The artwork was designed by John Goode of Marvell comics. The pick ups were made by Jim Rolph. The instruments have been inspired by the Zemaitis Disc front. Patrick build all those guitars in his U.K. workshop.
He moved to the USA in 2003 during which time he continued to build and sell a range of guitars under his name PATRICK JAMES EGGLE, in particular a range of acoustic guitars.
This guitar was used by Brian Ray. Brian has two Patrick Eggle Discus guitars.
Supplied new to Bryan Ray of the Paul McCartney band in 2003, the guitar was featured iin the Paul McCartney tour 2003 quite remarkably. The guitar was used throughout the entire world tour.
There were about 34 Discus guitars built.The number might be 35 but one instrument was given a different s/n. The serial number system spanned all products so where the serial numbers may appear to leap around, the numbering was not sequential to one model, the numbering system was distributed to all models as they fell into Patrick's build schedule.
170 or 189 (previously 139 l/h 1 only)
The first Discus guitars to be completed were:
January / February 2002:
120 Brian Ray /McCartney
122 Keith Smart
129 Patrick Eggle
130 Oliver Leiber
127 Jun Aoki
119 John Nash
So the #120 was the very first one completed.