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   One of the advantages of ordering from a small shop like ours is that you can pretty much "build" your guitar any way you want. To illustrate this, I have put together a list of the different elements of a guitar which can be modified at the customers request.  While I have never actually put together a "spec sheet" like this (before now), these are all elements which I  discuss with any potential customer.  

If a feature is highlighted it is a link to a page with a photo and some description.

Structural Elements:

Body Size:  (Dreadnought, Concert, Parlor, Concert 12 fretSlope D, Piccolo,  Custom)


Top Wood: (Sitka, Englemann, German, Cedar)

Back and Sides Wood: (Mahogany, Koa, Walnut, Maple, Indian Rosewood, Brazilian Rosewood, Ziracote, Ebony, Others)   From time to time I will post photos of several wood choices for an out of town customer (such as differient pieces of koa.)  For this, go here:

Back Design:  (Two or three Piece)

Cutaway:  Soft  (Venetian)  or pointed  (Florentine))

Scale Length:  (24.75",  25.4";  Custom)

Extra frets

Fingerboard Width: (1 11/16 standard,  1 3/4, 1 13/16,  1 7/8) 

Neck Profile

Right/Left Handed

Decorative Elements:

Rosette  (Pearl, Herringbone, Other)

Top Purfling (Plain, Herringbone, Pearl, Other)

Back Center Strip (Herringbone, Pearl, Other)

Back Purfling

Side Purfling

Binding (Wood [many varieties], Plastic [many varieties])

Peghead Shape (Flat - two shapes;    Slotted)

Peghead Overlay (Wood - many Species;  Tortoise Plastic)

Peghead Binding

Peghead Inlay

Fingerboard Binding

Fingerboard Inlay

Fingerboard Wood: (Ebony, Rosewood, other)

Bridge Shape   (Belly Bridge;  Pyramid Bridge)

Bridge Inlay

Bridge Pins (Ebony, Ebony w/ MOP, Rosewood, Rosewood w/ MOP, Plastic, Bone, Other)

End Wedge: (Wood [many varieties], plastic [many varieties])

Heel Cap:  (Different woods, inlay, etc)

Finish (Clear, Sunburst, Colors, Gloss, Satin.)

Pickguard (Clear, Colored, Inlay, None)


Tuning Machines ( Schaller, Grover, Waverly, Chrome, Gold)

Tuner Buttons

Pickup (Fishman, Baggs, Sunrise, etc. etc.)

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2219 East Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN. 55404

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