ORDERING A HANDMADE GUITAR

Lead times, cost and materials

How to order

Contact me via telephone or email to discuss your build. Lead times are usually around 9 months and prices can vary based on the spec of the instrument. Prices for custom guitars start at £1000 and a materials deposit is required to commence a build.

Design

I am usually asked to make PRS or Les Paul style carved top guitars, but I am always looking for a new challenge. Examples of current and confirmed future projects include a Walnut telecaster, SG2000, Iceman and OM acoustic. Photos and video clips of current projects can be found on my facebook and instagram profiles.

Wood selection

Here are some examples of tone woods I have available for commission builds. There are many other commonly used species that I order in when required. e.g Black Limba, Swamp Ash, Wenge, Alder etc. Ordering in a specific piece may increase lead time because I have to be sure the wood is seasoned properly.

Ziricote

Exotic carve top

Indian Rosewood

Exotic carve top

African Ebony

Exotic drop top

Croatian Flamed Maple

Quarter sawn, tight figured carve top

Bosnian Quilted Maple

Pale quilted figured carve top

Bosnian Flame/Spalted Maple

Flamed and spalted eagle-like figure

Bosnian Flamed Walnut

Tiger flame figured carve top

Bosnian Flamed Walnut

One-piece body

Neck woods & construction


I generally build necks in the traditional way - out of a single piece of quarter sawn wood, but with a volute behind the nut for additional strength and stability. However I can build with laminates and contrast strips on request.

The following woods are available: African Mahogany, Flamed or birdseye Maple, Flamed Walnut, Ovangkol, Wenge, etc

Fretboards & faceplates


For fretboards, I use various varieties of ebony, including Macassar, Indian and Gabon ebony as well as Indian Rosewood, Pau Ferro and Ziricote. Other species can be ordered in.

Headstock faceplates can be made to either match the fretboard or the figured top of the body, in some cases I can get a matching faceplate, trussrod cover, fretboard binding and control cover out of the same figured piece as the body.

Next available build slots from Autumn 2021 onwards