fine handmade stringed instruments

Ordering

As I am a fully custom builder, I don’t build a single standard model but tailor an instrument to suit your needs.  While prices vary greatly depending upon specifications. I do have base specifications and base prices, with additional features adding to the price of the instrument. I can also offer options that would discount the price of the base build (plastic binding, unbound fingerboards, square headstock), although these are not reflected in my standard base model as I feel the compromise to tone, playability, or aesthetics to be significant.

Base prices and specifications for my most common instruments are as follows:

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Steel String Guitars

Base Specifications

  • Sitka or Engelmann Spruce or Western Red Cedar top
  • Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Indian Rosewood, lightly figured Maple back and sides
  • 5-piece laminated neck or single-species scarf-joined and stacked-heel
  • Hardwood binding (domestics and most exotics) and headplate overlay with top and back purfling scheme
  • Ebony or Rosewood fingerboard, edge bound in matching or contrasting wood
  • Ebony or Rosewood bridge with matching pins
  • Spalt/Burl tile or Abalone/Shell ring rosette
  • Double carbon-fiber neck reinforcements with single or double acting truss-rod
  • Brass alloy or stainless steel fretwire
  • Pearl or Abalone headstock inlay
  • Side sound-port
  • Gotoh 510 tuning machines, gloss black or gold-plated finish
  • High-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish

Base Prices

  • Parlor – $2500
  • L-O – $2600
  • OM – $2800
  • Dreadnought – $2800
  • Jumbo – $2900

Common Options

  • Double-top (honeycomb-core) construction – $300
  • Florentine Cutaway – $400
  • Venetian Cutaway – $400
  • Slotted headstock (w/ Waverly tuners)- $350
  • Mitered binding side purfling – $150
  • Bound headstock – $120
  • Laskin/Ryan arm bevel – $300
  • Tapered/Wedge body – $250
  • Fingerboard inlays (12th fret logo and shell lines) – $150
  • Baritone or 12-string configuration – $150
  • Basic pickup (active B-band, Baggs Element, or K&K pure) – $150

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Classical Guitars

Base Specifications

  • European or Engelmann Spruce or Western Red Cedar top
  • Walnut, domestic Cypress, Indian Rosewood, or lightly figured Maple back and sides
  • 5-piece laminated neck or single-species scarf-joined and stacked-heel
  • Hardwood binding (domestics and most exotics) and headplate overlay with top and back purfling scheme
  • Ebony or Rosewood fingerboard, edge bound in matching or contrasting wood
  • Ebony or Rosewood bridge with rosette-matched tieblock overlay
  • Spalt/Burl tile rosette
  • Elevated fingerboard with carbon fiber bar reinforcement
  • Nickel-silver, brass alloy, or stainless steel fretwire
  • optional side sound-port
  • Gotoh or Schaller tuning machines or hand-fitted ebony friction pegs
  • High-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, French polish of shellac, or oil varnish finish

Base Prices

  • Parlor/Romantic models – $2500
  • Hauser model – $2700
  • Rodriguez model – $2700

Common Options

  • Double-top (honeycomb-core) construction – $300
  • Florentine Cutaway – $400
  • Venetian Cutaway – $400
  • Mitered binding side purfling – $150
  • Integrated armrest – $300
  • Fustero, Alessi, or Rodgers tuners – $200 and up

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Electric Guitars and Basses

Base Specifications

  • Set-neck or neck-through construction
  • Mahogany or domestic hardwood core materials
  • 5-piece laminate or scarf-joined neck construction
  • Double carbon-fiber neck reinforcements with single or double acting truss-rod
  • Ebony or Rosewood fingerboard, edge bound in matching or contrasting wood
  • High-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer or oil varnish finish

Base Prices

  • Bolt-neck Strat/Tele style – $1200
  • Set-neck Strat/Tele style – $1300
  • Neck-through Strat/Tele – $1300
  • Les Paul carved-top – $1800
  • Neck-through Bass – $1800

Common Options

  • Multi-scale fretboard – $300
  • Active electronics (Bartolini or EMG preamp)- $200
  • Highly figured maple top plates – $200
  • Handwound in-house pickups – $100
  • Extended range (7+string guitar, 5+ string bass) – $150 and up

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Ordering and Build Process

After expressing interest in a build, I’ll work with you to develop the design, wood selection, and aesthetic of your instrument and then quote a final price.  A deposit of $500 (plus any additional material cost if non-standard materials are used) will then be required to begin construction.

During the build process I’ll keep you informed of the instrument’s progression and you’ll have an open invitation to examine the instrument in person.  Build time generally runs 2-4 weeks on the woodwork and 1 month for finishing, although start time depends on current workload and finishing can be delayed due to unfavorable ambient humidity conditions.

Upon completion the full amount will be due (minus the deposit) and you’ll have 48 hours to evaluate and approve your new instrument.  Should you choose to return the instrument, you’ll receive a full refund minus the deposit, return shipping, and any repair cost for incurred wear or alteration.  When the declined instrument sells, you will receive a refund for the deposit or you can put that amount towards one of my in-stock, demo, or prototype instruments, if available.