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Brand New Applegate SJ, Indian Rosewood/Engelmann Spruce
Right out the gate, our latest SJ from Brian Applegate is raring to go. Quick and energetic voice, very snappy response that adds a bit of electricity to your playing, and all in a lightweight package (under four pounds) that feels like so many feathers in your hands and on your lap. Brian decked this beauty out with a 26.25-24.9″ multiscale, so you’ve got lots of room to tune to C on the bottom end, but the trebles stilll play easily with a short scale setup. Indian Rosewood body with Engelmann Spruce on top, EVO frets, cutaway, and Brian’s interlocking Abalone diamonds rosette (plus a subtly twisted series of purflings on the back) dress things up with some good sparkle, but let the quality of the tonewoods and the clean curves of Brian’s design to shine even more.
Check out this additional video featuring Al Petteway on this amazing Applegate SJ: https://youtu.be/1N9Mo362IIo
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, fingerstyle, fingerpicking, englemann, engelman, gotoh$8,035 Add to cart
Scale Length 26.25 in - 24.9 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - EngelmannAdd to Compare
2017 Bashkin SJ, Oregon Myrtle/Italian Spruce
Such a delight to visit with this beauty. Michael Bashkin builds premium grade modern fingerstyle instruments, just like this 2017 SJ with Myrtlewood back and sides plus Italian Spruce on top.The voice is characterized by clarity, balance, and smoothness, equally at home in Standard tuning as it is in DADGAD and some C tunings (thanks to the 26-25.4″ multiscale fingerboard). Frets are dressed with semi-hemispherical fret ends, making for a very smooth playing experience under your fingertips. At the headstock you’ll find a delicate inlay scheme with micro purflings looping across the headplate veneer and between the Waverly tuners. All of this comes wrapped in a Hoffee flight case with an added layer of Thinsulate for maximum protection.
And when you aren’t playing this slice of sweet lutherie from Michael, check out his Luthier On Luthier podcast for extensive, in-depth interviews with some of our favorite builders on the scene today!
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, fingerpicking, 145Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.4 in - 26 in Nut Width 1.781 in String Spacing 2.219 in Woods Spruce - Italian, MyrtlewoodAdd to Compare
2015 Beardsell 3GMS25/27, Leopardwood/Lutz Spruce
One look, and you’re intrigued. One note, and you’re hooked. This powerhouse 2015 3GMS from Allan Beardsell‘s shop is here to dazzle the eyes and humble the ears. Let’s start with the basics. You know, like the double soundports which pour sweet active bass notes right into your ear. Or the oval soundhole and its spiderweb-like rosette, or the arm and back bevels which meld smoothly with the bindings. And let’s not forget the unique three-piece Selmer-style cutaway or the multi-scale Ebony multiscale fingerboard with 27″ scale length on the low E and 25″ on the high E. As if all that wasn’t enough, the back and sides are made of a beautiful set of Leopardwood, and the top is lightly figured Lutz Spruce. When these woods (and that exhaustive list of options) combine, the effect is overwhelming: this is a guitar with an electrified, energetic voice that pops, sizzles, and screams. The low-end, in particular, is very crisp and loud, thanks to the multiscale arrangement, and the middle and upper registers have heaps of headroom. Overall, the 3GMS/25/27 exhibits the kind of agility and responsiveness, perfect for fast, smooth playing, that one would expect from a much smaller build.
Here’s an additional demo with Al Petteway: https://youtu.be/010dSDWlzAE.
And here’s another demonstration, this time with Beardsell’s neighbor and fellow luthier extraordinaire, Jordan McConnell: https://youtu.be/ZjxoyGpd-58Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25 in - 27 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Lutz, LeopardwoodAdd to Compare
2020 Blanchard Sequoia Dream Series, Brazilian Rosewood/European Spruce
It’s humbling to see such consistency in a builder’s work, with exquisite voicing for fingerstyle playing that focuses on note clarity and definition. This is Mark’s Sequoia body shape with a generous 16 inch lower bout, and here he’s upgraded it with a body wedge and arm bevel for ergonomics, a soundport in the upper bout, and a multiscale setup that’s perfect for everything from C tunings to Standard (26.25-25.25”). The Brazilian Rosewood back and sides come from our own secret stash, and Mark used a creamy European Spruce top to match.
Here’s an additional demo with our own Duane Simpson: https://youtu.be/QH0MUw0ZGYQ.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, dream guitar, bespoke guitar, all the stops, custom guitar, fan fret, fanned fret, hoffee flight case$14,935 Add to cart
Scale Length 25.25 in - 26.25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - European, Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
2023 Galloup G.6CAM, Brazilian Rosewood/Italian Spruce
This 2023 G.6CAM is an articulate powerhouse with great dynamic range. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides against an Italian Spruce top, multiscale setup you can coax all the way down to C (or even B) territory on the bass, and twin arm/rib bevels for maximum ergonomic ease of play.
Other keywords: bespoke guitar, 2208, brazilain, fingerstyle, fan fret, multi-scale$23,650 Add to cart
Scale Length 25 in - 26 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Italian, Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
Brand New De Wit Modified Dreadnought, Narra/Bearclaw German Spruce
Our first guitar from Gjis De Wit packs a punch. His Modified Dreadnought body, here rendered with florentine cutaway and angled bindings, plays great and has a voice equal parts power and articulation. It’s an excellent choice for fingerstyle play, or strumming when you need chords to remain crisp and clear. The multiscale setup is 26-25” with a unique fanning that makes the first position feel like a standard fretboard. Back and sides are gorgeously figured Narra, paired with Bearclaw German Spruce on top. The neck is actually Padauk, but Gjis has veneered its length in Ebony—ditto for the Spanish Cedar bridge—which creates a great contrast to the Narra/Spruce color scheme. De Wit painstakingly inlaid the headstock, heel, and bindings with a geometric motif, and installed premium Alessi tuners for added class. Additionally, the veneered bridge features individual phosphor bronze saddles for each string. All of this comes wrapped up in a swanky custom Art Case dressed up with leather—a fitting house for a well-dressed guitar. Interested in taking this one for a spin? Give us a shout!
Other keywords: 2020, fingerpicking, modern guitar, luthier, lutherie, de wit guitars, asian padauk, nara, bear claw spruce$15,450 Add to cart
Scale Length 25 in - 26 in Nut Width 1.68 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - German, NarraAdd to Compare
Brand New Greenfield G4 Baritone, Fallen Giant Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce
Here we’ve got an absolute monster of a baritone in the shop: our latest brand new G4 Baritone from Michael Greenfield. Fallen Giant Guatemalan Mahogany back and sides plus Adirondack Spruce top, multiscale setup at 29 to 28 inches, cutaway plus arm and rib bevels–the list goes on. Suffice it to say, this is a force of nature, but in particular a force of nature that retains great note clarity and separation across the strings. Strength without compromising the velvet. Ready for a room rattling experience? This Greenfield G4 Baritone is ready. We are excited to offer such a powerful, and simultaneously precise, G4 Baritone from Michael.
Other keywords: lutherie, greenfield guitars, 354, evo, accord, andy mckeeSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 28 in - 29 in Nut Width 1.813 in String Spacing 2.375 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Mahogany - Fallen GiantAdd to Compare
Brand New Halland D-H, Cocobolo/Moonspruce
If this isn’t heaven, we don’t want to pass through the pearly gates. Gage Halland is one of the finest builders on the scene, and this our latest D-H model is resounding proof. A cool, balanced, articulate voice that the player can mold howsoever they choose, with focused trebles, round midrange, and expansive bass regiser. An exquisite modern fingerstyle instrument. The D-H body is Gage’s take on the Modified Dreadnought design, adding more air to the body and more complexity, volume, and headroom for expression. The back and sides are brick-red Cocobolo, one of only a few sets of Gage’s that he describes as “magic,” and on top we have a set of Moonspruce, plus arm and rib bevels. There’s even a palm bevel in lieu of a cutaway. Add to that a multiscale setup of 26.25-25.5″, as well as EVO frets and a Spalted rosette, and you’re looking at an heirloom instrument–at the beginning of its long life, and already so much guitar.
Other keywords: halland guitars, hoffee, fingerpicking, fan fret, multi-scale, multi scale, fanned fret, 025-22$22,355 Add to cart
Scale Length 25.5 in - 26.25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Moonspruce, Rosewood - CocoboloAdd to Compare
2018 Klein 457, Brazilian Rosewood/Engelmann Spruce
Taking this 2018 457 for a spin, and you lose track of time right out of the gate. This big boy fills your lap and vibrates your chest at first strum, and quickly sets the room to vibrating with the force of its voice. This 457 is a fantastic example of the expansive, enveloping, sonorous Klein sound—with some top shelf upgrades to set it apart. Mouth-watering gorgeous Brazilian Rosewood back and sides (chocolate-dark and black ink lines) with Spruce on top and a multiscale setup oof 26 1/4” on the bass and 25 1/8” on the treble. Moreover, the neck, bridge, and fingerboard are all also Brazilian Rosewood—this neck is a special rarity, and adds smooth sustain to the midrange that really helps fills out the voice. The expansive 18” lower bout loves, loves, loves to tune down to altered tuning territory (Cadd9) is a particular sweet spot.
Ready to land this big slice of lutherie life? Give us a shout!
Other keywords: custom guitar, custom build, lutherie, luthier, steve kauffman, steve klein, klein & kauffmam, steve kaufman, fan fret, fanned fret, multi scale, multi-scale, fingerstyleSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.125 in - 26.25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - Engelmann, Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
2020 LHT Rose Burl Fugue, Flame Maple/Sitka Spruce
It’s not easy to make a new name for yourself in the archtop, electric world, but we think Tyler Wells of LHT Guitars has what it takes. This 2020 Rose Burl Fugue is nothing short of a work of functional art. Curvaceous yet comfortable, stands apart from the crowd yet at the same time approachable and familiar. This guitar feels effortless in hand, from the multiscale setup (24.7-25.7”) to the lightweight build and cutaway ergonomics. The neck and body are perfectly balanced to play off your leg when seated, and Tyler’s handsomely executed single bass offset soundhole broadcasts cleanly straight into the player’s ear. Acoustically, the Fugue has impressive presence and range, and would record very well on that level alone. When amplified with a Parallelogram Kent Armstrong humbucker (volume and tone under the Burl pickguard), the tone rolls out fat and round with fingers, and responds beautifully with added crispness and punch under a flatpick attack.
The body is Flame Maple, here paired with a carved Sitka Spruce top and a 4-piece Flame Maple neck with carbon fiber reinforcement. Black ABS bindings, and Bodega Bay driftwood burl appointments throughout give this Fugue its “Burl” designation (with a gorgeous, gorgeous red Nitro burst for the “Rose”).
The LHT Fugue is what successful modern lutherie looks like: pushing the envelope without forgetting its roots, exploring contemporary aesthetics with an eye for ease of play and an ear for dynamics.
Other keywords: kent parker, arched top, jazz guitar, fan fret, fanned fret, 3007, ska, flamed maple, duane simpson$12,360 Add to cart
Scale Length 24.7 in - 25.7 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, Maple - FiguredAdd to Compare
2012 Sexauer FT-0 JB2 Companion, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce
Bruce Sexauer’s Companion flattops manage to coax 1.5 guitars worth of presence out of 0.8 guitars worth of real estate! This single 0 FT-0 JB2 is fantastic, dressed up with added Abalone trim on top and interweaving rosette, plus Brazilian Rosewood body and Adirondack Spruce top. A subtle 25.7-25.4″ multiscale fingerboard and soundport are additional creature comforts; ditto for EVO frets and a custom Hoffee flight case.
Other keywords: lutherie, sexauer guitars, fingersyle, fan fret, multi-scale, multi scale, fanned fret, 2270912$10,300 Add to cart
Scale Length 25.4 in - 25.7 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.313 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
New Applegate SJ Fan Fret East Indian/Adirondack (Red)
Brian Applegate builds one of the most precise guitars we have seen, which isn’t surprising, as he is a good friend of the legendary builder Jim Olson. This SJ Multiscale in Adirondack (Red) Spruce and East Indian Rosewood represents everything we have come to expect from a high caliber builder: perfect tone, feel, and playability. This is a prototype from Brian, his first foray into the world of multiscale layouts, and he pulled it off flawlessly with 26.4″ on the bass side and 24.9″ on the treble. The combination of Brian’s smooth voicing and the even tension of the multiscale makes this guitar superbly balanced and versatile.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 24.9 in - 26.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Rosewood - IndianAdd to Compare
2011 Baranik 00m, Spalted Manchinga/Sitka Spruce
Looking for something off the menu, but not too far afield? Try on our 2011 Baranik 00m (that’s zero-zero-M) for size. It strikes a balance between a 00 body and a full-on OM, giving the player a bit more oomph and projection in a trim package. Add to that a subtle multiscale fretboard (24.625-25”) and a cutaway bevel reminiscent of Uchida’s style. Cantilevered fretboard? Check. Seriously gorgeous Spalted Manchinga body? Yup. With a shoulder-to-shoulder tight grain Sitka top.
The voice features a focused midrange that cuts well through the mix, and errs on the side of dry rather than overtone prone. Mike’s neck carve and ergonomic appointments make for an effortless playing experience.
Other spellings: baranick, oom, oo-m, 00-m, machingaSOLD Read more
Scale Length 24.625 in - 25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, Manchinga - SpaltedAdd to Compare
2006 Bashkin OM Placencia Figured Mahogany/Italian
Here is a wonderful custom Michael Bashkin Multiscale OM, Placencia. Crafted from absolutely stunning quilted Mahogany and Italian Spruce, this guitar is a eye-catcher. The side soundport, custom rosette and amber side markers that capture light, it’s got all the nice details you could want.
The voice is focused and dense. The trebles are full and round in attack. The bass is warm and full. This is not a strummer’s guitar, but fingerstylists will love the oboe like trebles. The multiscale is a subtle blend of 25″ and 25 1/2″ scales so it’s very accessible but will make drop D and DADGAD work as they should. The short treble scale makes for easy playability as well.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.5 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.13 in Woods Spruce - Italian, MahoganyAdd to Compare
2006 Bashkin OM Placencia Fanfret Nara/Sitka
Here is an amazing Bashkin with many upgrades and unusual figured Nara wood. Nara is Filipino Mahogany and it sounds as good as it looks. The list of options here is a long one, multiscale, cutaway, bound soundport, Nara, Amber markers, Amber pins, Koa buttoned Waverlys, Calton case and a K&K pickup. The really cool thing is that together these specs create a very subtle, practical guitar that really works. We love multiscale guitars, you won’t even feel the fan but the tension is so much more balanced across the strings. The Sitka top here is also very special and full of silky medullary rays and French Polished for ultimate tone.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.6 in Nut Width 1.78 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, Narra