As kids, every one of us pictured the perfect guitar we’d someday own after saving up all our pocket money (and most of us probably still do). You could make your dreams a reality when you order a custom-made instrument.
If you’re in the market for a guitar over £2500, it’s definitely worth exploring the idea of getting it custom made. This is the likely ballpark figure you’d pay at a minimum, stretching into the upper echelons depending on how glitzy or experimental you really want to get. If you want the best, you’re going to pay premium prices.
Very briefly, here’s why you should custom order a guitar:
- You choose how it sounds and plays
- Design the perfect looking guitar
- Exclusivity – stand out from the crowd
- It can last you a lifetime
- Premium shopping experience
Best Guitar Builders in The World
There are luthiers around the world, from the smallest boutique company or one-man job right up to the guitar giants like Gibson and Fender who build completely made-to-order guitars for willing buyers.
Some companies build guitars from complete scratch in never-before-seen shapes, crazy finishes and equipped with custom-wound pickups and unique electronics. Others will give you a standard design and let you pick the types of woods, the colour and the hardware.
Why should you go through all this hassle for a guitar? Surely there are plenty out there to pick from already, one of which will surely match what you’ve imagined? Well, there’s a good chance a guitar with your perfect specs doesn’t exist. Maybe you thought you’d found the one – until you had the chance to play it and it simply didn’t match your expectations.
Unless you’ve been lusting over a very particular model, you’ve probably said to yourself: “I wish this guitar had a couple of tweaks to make it perfect.”
Pick Your Custom Specs
Luckily, there are loads of companies that offer a base concept, such as a Les Paul or Strat shape and leave it up to you to pick your ideal specs. This way you really can’t go wrong. Say, for example, a 10” fingerboard radius is too rounded and you’d prefer a 14” radius. Or the neck profile on a factory-made model is too thick and you’d prefer a different shape. With a custom shop guitar, you can pick and choose what suits your playing.