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Custom Guitars


Designing and building guitars is a passion that is rewarding in that it combines equal elements art, design, music, and woodworking. All examples here use black walnut wood sourced from a family farm in Iowa, originally milled during WWII.

“Sunset Special”
This is a custom profile solid body proportioned to a Tele but with Strat style front and back contours, contoured cutaways, and Les Paul sound thanks to dual PAF humbuckers. It is a laminate of maple, birch, cherry, and black walnut finished with nitro, a CBS neck, hard tail bridge, standard Tele controls, and a walnut pickguard. 




“Lestrat”
This is a custom profile solid body crafted from 100% bookmatched black walnut with a tobacco burst stain and hand rubbed urethane finish. The pick guard is flame maple, and contains Fralin wide range humbucker and single coil pickups. The neck is repurposed from an American Deluxe Strat. 



“Twinline”
This is a semi-hollow body based on the Thinline Tele, but has a custom profile with dual cutaways, a Rickenbacker slash-style f-hole, and a hand-rubbed urethane finish. It is made from 100% black walnut with a bookmatched top sheet, uses Fender wide-range humbuckers, ‘72 reissue Fender hardware, and a CBS neck.


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