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  • affordable handmade guitars?

    it seems there a so few companies that do everything by hand with their guitars these days.. are there any good affordable handmade guitar companies.. like under 1000?

  • #2
    I would say not likely, at least not located in North America or Europe. Most custom builders start at at least $3,500, and that's for "stripped down" models. Most seem to come in around $5,000 with options, and a many much higher than that (a Kevin Ryan goes for about 10K, for example, and a good Somogyi or Kathy Wingert are more than that). Most acoustic guitars under $1,000 are manufactured in Asia, with some notable exceptions, and are mass produced, not handmade.

    One of our forumites, Marcellis, lives in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and regularly reports pretty nice "handmade" guitars there for under $1K, although I don't know about shipping etc.

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    • #3
      I know I'm pimping, but this is a good site... www.dreamguitars.com
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      • #4
        Check out Yamaha's "L" Series guitars.

        They're handmade in China and excellent guitars for the money. :thu:
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        • #5
          Last I heard, the Eastman factory had a bandsaw and a couple belt sanders.

          http://www.eastmanguitars.com/workshop/tour.html

          There were also a couple of factory tours on YouTube, but this is the only one I'm finding now. Skills, he has them.

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          • #6
            These are a couple of the cheapest american hand-made I have found-

            http://www.worlandguitars.com/Models/Prairie/Prairie%20Page.html

            http://www.greenmountainguitars.com

            Not under $1000 but.........

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            • #7
              I'm going to stick my neck out and I'm sure all the professional luthiers on this forum are gonna jump all over this, but I really doubt if any guitars are totally hand made anymore. People have bandsaws, jointers, etc to make life easier. I cut channels for the binding on one of my guitars with a violin purfling cutter once. What a tedious job. Dremel tools and routers work a lot better. Maybe in Mexico some of the luthiers don't have electricity. Then it would all be hand made.

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              • #8
                Check out Yamaha's "L" Series guitars.

                They're handmade in China and excellent guitars for the money. :thu:


                Mine's available for sale.

                It'll require some work but it would still be way under your budget.

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                • #9
                  The leather label in my Yamaha LS6 says "Handcrafted"... is that the same as "handmade"? It was $500.

                  I am NOT exagerating when I say it's on-par with many guitars I've looked at for double- or even tripple-the-price (Larrivee, etc.) in terms of materials, build quality, fit-and-finish, etc. Even the all-solid LS16 is only $750.

                  So I guess as long as it doesn't have to be hand-made in N.A., yes, you can get excellent "handcrafted" guitars for under $1000.
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                  • #10
                    Ignore the labels "handmade" or "handcrafted". Unless the instrument came from a one-person workshop, they're rather meaningless these days.



                    Just play, compare, and judge if the price is worth the sound.

                    Here's how the L series (models 26 and up) are made.

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                    • #11
                      So you want a hand made guitar. Augustino LoPrinzi and his daughter Donna make some very affordable steel string, classical and ukes in their shop in Clearwater, Florida. Check out his webpage. You will notice that one of my guitars is an Augustino. I've had it for over 20 years and I will put it up against anything! Go to page 32 of the show your gear thread and scroll down to Bert and click on the thumb picture for a larger picture. Don't forget to maximize the picture after clicking....Bert Delap

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                      • #12
                        I'm going to stick my neck out and I'm sure all the professional luthiers on this forum are gonna jump all over this, but I really doubt if any guitars are totally hand made anymore. People have bandsaws, jointers, etc to make life easier. I cut channels for the binding on one of my guitars with a violin purfling cutter once. What a tedious job. Dremel tools and routers work a lot better. Maybe in Mexico some of the luthiers don't have electricity. Then it would all be hand made.

                        BigAl


                        Hmmmmm. I confess, we do use some power tools (jointer, planer, bandsaws, tablesaws, drillpress, thickness sander, several different routers, fret press, buffing wheels, etc), but no lasers or CNC. We use alot of hand tools too (chisels, hand drills, spoke shaves, files, etc). It's still the labor that is the major cost, as even with the aforementioned power tools, it takes us upwards of 200 to 250 labor hours to build one acoustic guitar.

                        Since these guitars are not machine made, and the work is done and guided by human hands, this fits the criteria for being handcrafted.

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                        • #13
                          I personally karate chop all the wood down to size in my shop. I "rout" the binding channel with my teeth. I do all my clamping by placing the boards on the floor and standing on them. This can get quite tedious when using 24-hour epoxy. I cut the fret slots with a specially sharpened eye-tooth and I hammer in the frets with my forehead.

                          I can only complete about one guitar a year due to the time I need to spend in the hospital but hey, my instruments are completely hand-made.

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                          • #14
                            Chainsaws are fake mojo!


                            :facepalm:

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                            • #15
                              it seems there a so few companies that do everything by hand with their guitars these days.. are there any good affordable handmade guitar companies.. like under 1000?


                              I have no idea how many hours of labor are involved in building a guitar, but I cannot imagine $1000 beginning to cover the cost of labor on the American scene.

                              In addition to the two Kendall linked, I would look at Woody Brackett.

                              BTW, Jim Worland has this mint OM for $1250. Looks like a great deal on a hand built guitar.

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