Steel String Acoustic Guitars, hard case included -

Base Price £3000, comprising

Sitka Spruce or Western Red Cedar top
Walnut or Indian Rosewood back & sides (other options are available)
Mahogany neck
Rosewood or Ebony fingerboard and bridge
Wood binding and purfling
Alternative tonewoods and build options are available at additional cost - most commonly, adding a cutaway is £300. To add a pickup, simply add the cost of the pickup. Please contact me for the cost of alternative tonewoods, this is constantly changing.
 

Archtop Guitars, hard case included -

Base Price £4000, comprising

Hand carved European Spruce top
Hand carved Flame Maple back and Flame Maple sides
Laminated maple neck with contrast striping
Rosewood or Ebony fingerboard, Ebony bridge and Ebony tailpiece
Wood binding and purfling
Designed and built as an acoustic instrument, with an option for a floating pickup to be added at a cost, typically, of £200 for a Benedetto or Kent Armstrong jazz humbucker. Adding a cutaway, and this is most commonly requested, is £300.
 

Mandolins - I generally only build the larger bodied instruments - octave mandolin, cittern, and bouzouki. I build these with a common body size with differences in string courses (4 or 5 string pairs and/or unison or octave tuning) and scale length. As a guide, the base price for a specification similar to the acoustic guitar above is £2000.

 

The instruments' scale length, nut width, string spacing, neck width, and neck shape & profile are all uniquely designed for each instrument to suit the individual player.

 

Please note that I don't normally do any inlay work other than straightforward headstock inlays or abalone / mother of pearl soundhole work - wood has a natural beauty of its own and I let that speak for itself. In any case, no inlay ever added to the tone or playability of the instrument. Well, not in my opinion anyway ....

 

Generally a 20% deposit is payable at the start of the build process, the balance is payable on completion. The instrument remains my property until the full account has been paid. Any shipping costs are

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