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Innovative Custom and Semi-Custom Electric Guitars


effective 05/24/2011


Hardtail Guitar Base Price: $2099 (30% down, 30% when beginning finish process, 40% upon completion)
Includes solid tonewood body, 3-piece straight grain hard maple neck, jatoba fretboard with 12” radius and 24 frets, Gotoh traditional or locking tuners, bone nut and Dunlop Strap Locks, fixed (hardtail)bridge) and Sheptone handwound pickups. All guitars are made by hand in the USA, right here in my shop. Does not include case, sales tax or shipping. All Florida sales must include 6.5% Florida sales tax.

Included Options:

Customers ordering a guitar from scratch are encouraged to specify fret size, neck thickness, pickguard color (if any), hardware color (chrome or black) and finish (satin or gloss, polyurethane or lacquer). If you don’t like the Dunlop Strap Locks, I’d be happy to use whatever suspension arrangement you prefer. If you are buying a completed or in-progress guitar from the For Sale page, it may not be possible to change neck dimensions or frets if I have completed that step already. For detailed information about neck construction and choices, click here:

Premium Options:

Non-jointed neck: $50

1-piece non-jointed neck: $75 (What does this mean? Click on the TorsionLogic link above)

Vibrato bridge: Gotoh/Wilkinson 2-point (other makes/models priced accordingly) $125.00

stainless steel frets: $45

jumbo stainless steel frets: $65

1-piece body: depends upon availability, and price may vary $100

figured top: prices vary with wood species, but generally add around $100

chambered body: popular option with denser bodies; best with figured tops $35

premium fretboard wood: prices vary with wood species, but generally add around $25

premium neck wood: prices vary with woodspecies; curly maple add $40, other woods as quoted

solid wood pickguard: prices vary with wood species, but generally add around $100

gold hardware: $50

Steinberger gearless tuners: chrome or black $100, gold $150

case: (high-qualityhardshell; tweed or black) $100

custom electronics: (priced according to specifics)

Hardware substitutions can be made and will be priced accordingly. For example, the stock vibrato (trem) can be upgraded, and will be priced according to my cost.

For obvious reasons, many of these options must be specified before I start building, but hardware color changes can usually be effected at the end of construction. You can email questions to:

Basses and unique guitars priced individually, based on specs.

Finally, I reserve the right to make changes to my prices in case I've done something foolish.



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