I build a limited number of guitars each year and the waiting period is approximately four months.
My standard build includes the finest grade of Engelmann spruce or cedar top; East Indian rosewood back and sides; Spanish cedar neck with carbon fiber stabilizer; rosewood fingerboard; rosewood bridge; all wood bindings; a natural wood rosette. The fingerboard is a 650mm scale and the width is 52mm at the nut and 64m at the 12th fret (other scales and spacing can be accommodated). Natural bone nut, saddle, and tie block inlay. The neck is a Spanish heel construction and can be shaped to the customer’s preference. All instruments are finished in a multistage varnish process and hand buffed to a beautiful luster.
The base price is $4200.00, which includes Gotoh Premium or Gilbert classical tuners, SKB Thin-line hardshell case with humidifier with a digital hygrometer.
When a guitar is ordered I require an initial deposit of thirty-five percent of the total price, and a final balance on completion. I do welcome an inspection of the guitar during various stages of construction (with an appointment). All transactions must be in U.S. funds or equivalent, cash, money order, or certified bank draft. The final satisfaction of CITES or any other necessary export/import regulations is the responsibility of the owner.
Optional Material (à la carte): prices will vary based on availability and current market value.
Back and Sides:
- African Blackwood
- Amazon Rosewood
- Black Walnut
- Claro Walnut
- Honduran Rosewood
- Indian Rosewood (standard)
- Indonesian Rosewood
- Macassar Ebony
- Pau Ferro
- Tasmanian Blackwood
Tops – (Tone woods):
- European Spruce
- Engelmann spruce (standard)
- Western Red Cedar (standard)
- Western Red Cedar “Reclaimed “ (streaks)
Thermal curing is available on all tops. Also known as “torrefication”, “roasting” or “baking” which is a controlled drying technique that accelerates the natural aging process of wood. Not only does baking change the outward appearance of the wood giving it an aged golden brown color but it structurally causes the wood to be stiffer and lighter in weight. A winning combination when it comes to soundboards.
- Ebony (standard)
- Rosewood (standard)
- Gilbert (standard)
- Gotoh Premium (standard)
- Irving Sloane
- Varnish (standard)
- Shellac Spray
- Shellac French polished
- Nitrocellulose body, French polish soundboard
- Custom widths
- Scaling (650mm standard)
- Twelve Hole (double-hole) Tie-block
I warrant my instruments against defects in materials and workmanship for my life as an active luthier. I will not cover damage due to fair wear and tear, abuse, neglect; extremes of temperature or humidity (see my notes on humidity). Also despite years of proper seasoning, it is the tendency of several wood species to develop hairline fractures.
Periodic maintenance is the responsibility of the owner and is a condition of this warranty. Appropriate care accessories and instructions are included in the purchase of each instrument. Any repairs or alterations performed by someone other than me may risk the cancellation of this warranty. All transportation expenses are the responsibility of the owner.
After fifteen days of receipt, if an instrument proves unsuited to the player, it can be returned for the purchase price, (minus any shipping & handling fees). If not in new condition, the cost of restoration will also be deducted. Reimbursement will follow immediately upon the inspection and any restoration (if needed) of the returned instrument.
Currently, I am not accepting repairs.
Here you will find some common repairs services and pricing options. Not every scenario can be listed, so please feel free to contact me regarding the specifics of your instrument. I work by appointment only.
SET UP $50.00 + Strings. Includes Neck adjust, action adjustment at nut and saddle, minor fret work, tighten tuner screws and nuts, lubricate tuning machines, general clean up, restring.
NEW NUT $45.00 – Includes raw material. If your guitar has worn frets, a bowed neck, or an ill-fitting saddle, expect the additional cost to correct these problems.
NEW SADDLE $35.00 – may or may not include raw material. Same qualifications as with “new nut.”
RE-GLUE BRIDGE $150.00 – Remove and refit old bridge. Finish touchup included. 12 string bridge will be higher depending on the guitar.
REPLACE BRIDGE $150.00 + cost of factory-made bridge, approx. $30.00 + cost of new saddle if needed.
HANDMADE BRIDGE $200.00 and up, by quote. Handmade bridges may be necessary for vintage Gibson, Martin, Guild, and custom bridge replacements.
REPLACE TUNERS $40 and up. It seems like a simple job but can be filled with nuances that cause much work.
FRET LEVELING (“Filing,” “Dressing”…) $100.00 and up. Worn or uneven frets can be filed level in many cases if enough material is maintained on the fret to suit the customer. Frets must be lowered to the height of the lowest pit that can be found. Sometimes, replacing the most worn frets is appropriate. Includes “set up” adjustments.
RE-FRET $150-200.00 – Add $40 for fretboards with binding. A new nut or saddle may be necessary.
INDIVIDUAL FRETS $10.00 plus leveling and or set up costs in some cases. A new nut or saddle may be necessary.