Category Archives: DG Updates

Skytop Goes Teredo for Custom Build

We recently met up with a dynamic young player, Yasmin Williams, who was on the hunt for a quality steel string to take her playing to the next level. Here’s a sample of the kind of tone we’re talking about here: https://www.facebook.com/dreamguitars/videos/2022839427746979/.  After taste testing nearly every guitar we had in the shop, she finally found… Read more »

The Dream Gets Sweeter: Benjamin Paldacci Joins DG

We recently signed up with French-born luthier Benjamin Paldacci after having met him at the Woodstock Luthier Invitational, and we wanted to get a little better acquainted with the man behind the chisel, so to speak. We’ve had a Malaysian Blackwood OM of his that’s already sold (couldn’t keep it on the rack long enough… Read more »

Michihiro Matsuda’s Mad Scientist Experiment

Michihiro Matsuda stands at the top of the food chain when it comes to innovative lutherie, functional works of art, and a visual aesthetic eons beyond the ken of many of us. Matsuda has built numerous guitars for our clients over the years, each one a testament to his unique flair and spirit of experimentation.… Read more »

Peggy White Premier Goes Amazon For 2018

Peggy White’s been hard at work yet again, this time crafting her Premier model with a jaw dropping set of Amazon Rosewood for the back and sides and Italian Spruce on top. Manzer body wedge for player comfort, and the next Kandinsky-inspired rosette (here in Ebony, Koa, and Maple). You can see this beauty for… Read more »

Repair Guru Turned Builder Buff: Butch Boswell Joins DG

What better way to learn what makes a guitar really sing than by first resurrecting hundreds of choked starlets? Enter: Butch Boswell, veteran of over 20 years’ experience in the repair world whose own guitars belt it out with clarity and gusto. We recently got to check out a guitar Butch had custom built for a… Read more »

C.F. Holcomb Joins the Dream Side

Just when we thought 2018 couldn’t get any better for our lineup (we hit the ground running by recruiting Stuart Day), we landed a gorgeous guitar from Santa Cruz-based luthier C.F. Holcomb. This Kodiak resonator comes with more bells and whistles than a steam engine train–“The Tree” Mahogany body, Lollar P90, spider cone bridge and… Read more »

Incoming: Stuart Day SD1-VC Build Thread

This is one of my favorite parts of the business: working directly with our builders to come up with an exciting instrument just for Dream Guitars! Stuart Day recently joined our ranks, and to commemorate the occasion I had a chat with Stuart about life & lutherie, which you can find here: https://www.dreamguitars.com/welcome-aboard-stuart-day-newest-builder-joins-dream-team/. Stuart’s busy building… Read more »

Welcome Aboard, Stuart Day! Newest Builder Joins The Dream Team

Dream Guitars is happy to announce that we’ve embarked on a custom build with a luthier we’ve been following with interest for several years now, Mr. Stuart Day of Stuart Day Guitars. Stuart is known for both his archtops and his flattops, and his unique design features and inlay techniques. The SD1-VC he’s begun building… Read more »

A Guitar for Paul: Leo Buendia’s Latest Jumbo

With so many great builders to choose from, you’d think it would be hard for Dream Guitars owner Paul Heumiller to pick the proper luthier for his next instrument. However, if you’ve ever played one of Leo Buendia’s masterpieces, you wouldn’t be so surprised to learn that one of Leo’s 12-fret Jumbos was in Paul’s… Read more »

Paul Heumiller on Michael Bashkin & Fretboard Journal’s “Luthier on Luthier” Podcast

Paul recently sat down with Michael Bashkin of Bashkin Guitars for a chat about the boutique guitar market, life, yoga, and more for episode nine of Bashkin’s “Luthier on Luthier” podcast with the Fretboard Journal. “For our ninth episode, I sit down with Dream Guitars founder and owner, Paul Heumiller. If you build or play… Read more »

It’s Show Time!

Our Experiences and Take-Aways from 2016’s Santa Barbara Acoustic Instruments Celebration & Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase People often ask us how we find all the splendid guitars that we offer. Of course we have numerous methods for finding these fine instruments, but one of our most exciting avenues is attending guitar shows. Each year there are a few… Read more »

Restoring Faith In A Holy Grail Guitar

With vintage instruments, there’s simply no telling what patches and pokery you’re going to find under the hood. Good news! Dream Guitars is well-acquainted with those surprises, and we know just what to do when they crop up. Recently, a client and collector came to DG with several obscenely rare Martins, among them a 1930… Read more »

Incoming Preston Thompson 000-14BA Custom

Early in 2015 I had the pleasure of playing my first Preston Thompson guitar. I was mesmerized by the warm and full voice that came out of the small 000 sized body. I remember Al Petteway and I talking about how magical the voice was. The build quality was also perfect in every detail. I… Read more »

Sorry, Folks: This Seat is Taken.

Kim Walker Waiting List Closed Again A luthier’s ability to succeed depends on a host of factors, not the least of which is their reputation, which can be a precarious thing. They need good tools, the best wood, a perfectionist’s disposition and a jeweler’s eye for detail. They need to be self-motivated, marathon woodworkers—and they… Read more »

Dream Guitars & The Golden Age of Lutherie

We’ve all heard the phrase “The Golden Age,” which is defined as “the period when a specified art, skill, or activity is at its peak.”[i] Lately the term has been used to describe this epoch in the history of guitar-building (lutherie). From the unique vantage point at Dream Guitars (www.dreamguitars.com), they couldn’t agree more: today… Read more »

Q&A with Luthier Al Beardsell

We had the privilege of catching up with renown Canadian luthier, Al Beardsell and asking him a few questions on his building, interests and background. Following were his responses to our questions for him: Q. What inspired you to begin building guitars? A. My Dad, his workshop, my brother, Bill Lewis Music, Larrivee and Gurian… Read more »

Sneak Peek: Guitars Not Yet on the Website (updated 11/24/15)

Bookmark this page for frequent updates. (Please scroll down for additional guitars.)   2015 Osthoff Woodstock FS Higuerilla and Port Orford Cedar   2015 Oxwood Carmen Cocobolo Rosewood and Engelmann Spruce   1997 Collings OM3-BaA Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce   2012 R.E. Phillips Single Cone Resonator  

Sneak Peek: Guitars Not Yet on the Website (updated 5/25/16)

Bookmark this page for frequent updates. (Please scroll down for additional guitars.) Schoenberg Soloist OMC East Indian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce    

Dream Guitars adds Ben Wilborn to its Array of Fine Builders

Ben Wilborn is one of the builders that we have recently added to the array of fine builders that we represent at Dream Guitars. We receive numerous requests from builders, new and established, to be part of Dream Guitars. It’s very humbling to be the ones that they wish to represent their work. In the… Read more »

Sneak Peek: Guitars Not Yet on the Website (updated 1/5/15)

Bookmark this page for frequent updates. (Please scroll down for additional guitars.)   2011 Tippin Staccato Brazilian Rosewood and Moonspruce   Collings MT20 Mandolin Flamed Maple and Spruce   2014 Gaffney OM East Indian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce   2007 Rick Turner Model 1 Magnetic Pickup with “C” Electronics   2010 Muiderman Steel String Cocobolo… Read more »

Sneak Peek: Guitars Not Yet on the Website (updated 12/11/14)

Bookmark this page for frequent updates. (Please scroll down for additional guitars.)   2010 Olson SJ Pernambuco and Sitka Spruce   1963 Danelectro U2   2005 Brandt Concert Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce   Bourgeois Banjo Killer Slope D Figured Honduran Mahogany and Bearclaw Sitka Spruce   2003 Carrillo Gabriela Brazilian Rosewood and Cedar  … Read more »

Andrew White Guitars Now Available at Dream Guitars

For more than a decade, renowned West Virginia luthier Andrew White has built an amazing reputation. Andrew has become well known for his ability to successfully pair traditional and non-traditional elements such as fan frets and modified body shapes. Many of his personally handmade guitars now demand more than $10,000 per piece. In his personal… Read more »

Dream Guitars Announces More Affordable Quality Acoustic Instruments

At Dream Guitars we are fortunate to have a clientele that includes the hard working guitarist you see play on a Friday night in your home town to some of the world’s top collectors. Over the years our site has become a favorite of guitar lovers the world over and we frequently receive letters of… Read more »