I make instruments with custom elements for specific people so I rarely have any instruments readily for sale. If you'd like to order an instrument from me, please contact me directly to discuss pricing, options, and to be added to my list of orders. Current wait is roughly 3-4 years, though that estimate comes with a caveat. I keep a list of interested customers, but because I don’t take deposits until I am ready to start a project I have no way of knowing how many people are still seriously and actively waiting for me to make an instrument for them.
How to Order
Each year I schedule out 10-12 definite builds from my list of orders and sprinkle some spec instruments in with them. If you have previously been added to my build list, contact me in December/early January to solidify a spot for the year so we both have a better idea of when you’ll be getting your instrument. I choose the schedule for my builds based on many factors: how long someone has been waiting, the humidity of the order location in relation to mine when I build, grouping instruments by size to streamline shop time, availability of materials, etc. Each year starts fresh so everyone has a greater opportunity to get an instrument if they choose to contact me during the scheduling window (December and January). Preference goes to people who have been waiting the longest, but instituting this method allows people who are most interested in an instrument from me to hopefully wait a bit less.
Pricing varies depending on the project, materials, custom inlay, and other such specifications. The more work required, the higher the cost. Please contact me directly if you'd like to discuss the pricing of a specific build. Current pricing typically falls within a $5000-15,000 window.
I am able to take deposits only when I am ready to begin a project, so please do not send me money until we have solidified pricing and specifications and your build is scheduled.
I wish I could provide an instrument for everyone who wants one immediately, but I simply am not able to do so. In order to try to remedy this issue, as well as make what I want to make/try out new materials, I periodically make instruments without orders attached to them. If you are interested in one of these instruments keep an eye out on my Facebook page for announcements of completion of these instruments or contact me to be added to a mailing list that announces their availability.
Before you go…
Before you choose me as your luthier, please note that I specialize in smaller bodied guitars (0-000/OM models) and ukuleles because dreadnought guitars are less enjoyable for me to make given my small hands and stature. They also require more materials and larger wood sets whereas I prefer to use wood sets that wouldn't otherwise have a use given their smaller size. If you have your heart set on a larger instrument with non-sustainable wood, I am able and happy to do it for you, but such instruments aren't my passion. If you'd like contact information for other local luthiers who specialize in such instruments I am happy to provide it.
All of that said, I hope I am the best luthier for your build and that my instruments fit your criteria and needs. I look forward to hearing from you!