High performance guitar and bass hardware designed by the UK’s leading guitar guru
– Trev Wilkinson.
Wilkinson brings many years of expertise and engineering knowledge to a new range of guitar and bass hardware.
These new designs may be LOW in price but they are BIG on features and function.
Wilkinson guitar and bass hardware was established 20 years ago in California and its simple, functional, user friendly designs have become "standards of the industry".
They are demanded by professional players and discerning guitar companies around the world.
This new range pays homage to the more ‘traditional’ styles of the past but, by utilising many of the features of the unique Wilkinson designs, we feel that they are unsurpassed in tone, style and function. Extra special attention has been paid to all key areas of the manufacturing process.
Whether you are building a ‘vintage style’ instrument or a new ‘cutting edge design’ guitar or bass. Wilkinson parts are fitted as standard on Electric & Bass guitars.
The Top Guitars bodies, necks, and fingerboards are all handcrafted from high-quality premium tonewoods, Wilkinson and Japan Gotoh parts, electronics and hardware are imported from Japan, South Korea, USA, and Germany.
We accept all Major Credit/Debit Cards, Bank Transfer and we offer Flexible Payment Plans. To know more Click Here.
Please make sure to choose the required options with the ( * ) RED asterisks.
We also offer OPTIONAL UPGRADES but they are NOT REQUIRED.
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Custom Built Flame Maple Top Guitar
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Custom Design:USA Custom Built Guitars Product Code: MNKCGT1TM Worldwide Shipping: $ 115 Availability: In Stock Condition: New
How to Order Custom Guitar:THIS IS A PRE-BUILD PRICING. You will receive the custom guitar exactly as pictured. Please make sure to choose the required options marked with the RED ( * ) asterisks and it will compute automatically the options you choose. We also offer Optional Upgrades but they are not required. And then once you hit on Buy Now button, go to the top most portion of the website and you can see a cart image logo and click on that then you can see VIEW CART and CHECKOUT to determine the total cost of the guitar including the shipping and the discount.
Avail our Free Upgrade to Authorized Wilkinson Pickups and Authorized Wilkinson / Grover Machine Heads
You will receive the guitar exactly as pictured in the website including the headstock logo name unless otherwise you will customize the headstock logo with your initials or first/last name or band name. If you prefer to personalize the headstock logo, indicate in the Customization Requirements field.
The Top Guitars bodies, necks and fingerboards are all handcrafted from premium tone woods, electronics and hardware are imported from Japan, USA, Germany and South Korea. We use Authorized Wilkinson Parts, Electronics and Hardware.
We'll study your custom guitar's specs, offer our expert advice, and get your written approval before starting your custom build.
We make our custom guitars with a combination of high quality raw materials, old-school woodworking techniques, modern machinery, and a whole lot of highly-skilled human energy.
We'll keep you informed at every stage of the build with an "Order Status Page". From the initial order confirmation to the final inspection and you'll always know where we're at.
We make sure the neck is straight, the frets are level, the action is low, and the intonation is on… so you don't have to.
We've been safely shipping pointy guitars around the world for over 10 years!
Dr. E C Fulcher
"I have purchased 15 personalized guitars from the top guitar custom shop. All the guitars have met or exceeded my expectations. Great workmanship and quality work. An exceptional group of people to work with. They are ready to answer your questions or concerns. The one time i had a concern about a guitar they responded immediately and handled the situation more than i expected. I highly recommend this company!" Dr E C Fulcher Jr - Abingdon, Maryland USA.
Matching fingerboard binding and faceplate all from the same billet as the top
All Models have a Mahogany body and neck
22 or 24 frets
Scale lengths of 24.6", 25", 25.5"
These guitars are made to order so please allow 4 weeks for delivery.
Please read our Strict Warranty and Returns Policy Below. Do not place an order on our Custom Built Guitars Without Reading our Returns Policy.
Custom Made Top Guitar bodies are made from superior grade alder wood. Alder is a light weight, closed grain wood that grows right here in the United States. Alder is known for giving guitars a nice balance of warm and bright tones.
Custom Made Top Guitar necks are made from North American hard maple. Maple is perfect for guitar necks because it is firm and rigid yet light weight.
Our necks have a comfortable C-shape profile and are firmly bolted to the guitar body with four 1 1/4” screws and a neck plate.
We offer rosewood and maple fretboards on any style of Custom Made Top Guitar. Our fretboards have a 14" radius.
Scale length measures the distance the guitar strings travel between the bridge and the nut. Both our Dixie and Reedsdale guitars have a 24.75” scale length.
Our necks come standard with 22 medium-jumbo frets.
At this time, all of our necks include dot inlays. We do not offer custom inlays at the moment.
All Custom Made Top Guitar necks feature a 13 degree angled headstock. An angled headstock increases string tension which helps your guitar stay in tune and reduces string vibration to increase sustain.
All Custom Made Top Guitar necks feature a truss rod. A truss rod is an adjustable steel rod that runs the length of the inside of a guitar neck. It can be fine tuned to adjust to your playing style.
Seymour Duncan company has been making some of the best pickups in the world for over 30 years. During this time, Seymour Duncan pickups have been played by artists such as Robert Smith from the Cure, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmore, Slash, and many many more.
Here is more information about some of our favorite Seymour Duncan pickups:
The JB™ owes its popularity to over-wound coils, which provide high output with just the right amount of sustain and distortion -perfect for searing leads. Pair this pickup with Seymour’s SH-2n Jazz for versatility or the SH-1 ‘59 for vintage tone.
The '59 is Seymour Duncan's most popular hand-built vintage humbucker, perfect for classic rock, blues, jazz, and country. Expect warm and crystalline clean tones, full and bright distortion, and smooth sustain. Pair this with a second '59 humbucker to complete the Vintage Blues set.
Alnico II Pro Humbucker
The Alnico 2 magnet and moderate windings provide a warm, sweet tone with more natural string vibration for great sustain. Classic rock players who get their distortion from the amp rather than the pickup love these pickups. Compared to the '59, the Alnico II Pro has a rounder sound with a spongier bass response.
Vintage ‘54 STL-1b Broadcaster Set
The STL-1b and STR-1 duplicate the sought-after vintage sound of early Teles® with larger-diameter pole pieces in a flat pole piece orientation. Compared to the Vintage '54, this pickup has slightly more output and more snarl in the mids.
Alnico II Pro Single Coils
The Alnico 2 magnets and moderate windings yield a warm, sweet tone with more natural string vibration for great sustain. Compared to the Vintage '54, the Alnico II Pro has a rounder sound with a spongier bass response.
Hot Rails for Dixie
High output single-coil-size "rails" humbucker. Hot Rails™ deliver a fat, full sound--just like a full-size humbucker--turning your Dixie into a raw, chunky powerhouse perfect for classic rock, indie rock, garage, punk, thrash, and metal.
Our Custom Pickups
Our custom pickups are made to match our desired specifications.
Custom Made Top Guitar Humbuckers
Our Custom humbuckers give your guitar a powerful, warm tone with the ability to play everything from blistering lead solos to smooth rhythm chords.
Single coil pickups have a thin, bright, twangy tone. Our Custom Made Top Guitar single coil pickups have that classic Telecaster tone, great for blues, country and rock.
Custom Made Top Guitar Single Coil Neck Pickup
The Custom Made Top Guitar Dixie neck pickups give your guitar that classic warm country/blues tone perfect for chickin’ pickin or strumming rythm chords.
Enclosed tuning machines with a 12-to-1 gear ratio will keep you in tune. No string slipping with these bad boys.
Choose gold, chrome or black.
Custom Made Top Guitar bridges feature adjustable saddles and through body string suspension.
Reedsdale Bridge and Tail Piece
The Reedsdale requires a bridge and a tail piece. We use a tune-o-matic bridge that allows you to fine tune your guitar’s action to fit your playing style.
Available in gold, chrome and black.
Want to add something really special to your guitar? The famous Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now known as the whammy bar or tremolo arm. The Bigsby is installed on the top of the guitar. When the arm is pushed down, the strings loosen, lowering their pitch. When the arm is released the strings return to their neutral position.
Switches, Neck Plates, etc.
All of our switches, neck plates, jack plates and screws are available in gold, chrome and black.
We currently offer 22 different paint colors and stain finish options.
The paint we use is part of the PPG Envirobase line. This is a waterbased paint that contains very low VOC levels and therefore is some of the most environmentally safe paint used on any guitar. This same line of paint has been adopted by high end car manufacturers such as Lamborghini and Ferrari. This paint is also an important element in our production process because it dries quickly, allowing us to build our guitars in less time.
If you want to add a bit of sparkle to your paint, choose a metallic color. These colors have a small flake in the paint that shines when hit with light. We offer metallics in the following colors:
Black, Silver, and Gold
After a guitar has been painted or stained, it is sealed in a protective clearcoat which prevents the paint from chipping and also gives a guitar its shiny finish. Typically clearcoat takes a long time to dry. However, at Custom Made Top Guitar, we use a special clear coat that can be fully hardened quickly with the use of a high powered ultaviolet (UV) light. This clearcoat levels beautifully giving your guitar an almost mirror-like finish.
Text and Graphics
Designing with Text and Graphics
There's no better way to customize your Custom Made Top Guitar than by adding graphics and custom text. To get started, just look for the "Paint Upgrades" category on any of the guitar configurator pages. Then choose the "text" or "graphics" subcategories. The video below shows you exactly where to find these options.
One of the more popular areas of the guitar to add custom text is the headstock. Typically, guitar manufacturers put their brand name on the guitar’s headstock. With Custom Made Top Guitar you can add your own name, logo, or other text to the headstock and brand it anyway you want. Or you can leave it blank.
How We Apply Text and Graphics
The process for applying text and graphics to your guitar starts with graphic design software. Our team creates a vector graphic and then prints a stencil using a vinyl plotter. This stencil is then applied directly to the guitar. Next the guitar goes to the paint booth with the stencil attached and paint is sprayed. The stencil is then removed leaving behind your text or graphic.
Adding Graphics/Text To Your Pickguard
Text, graphics and even full-color photos can be printed onto our pickguards using a high resolution printer. We print on the back of a clear acrylic pickguard which, when attached to the guitar, prevents the image from being scratched off by a pick. The acrylic gives the pickguards a nice glossy finish.
After your guitar has been custom painted to match your design, it is assembled by hand in our shop in Austin, TX.
Our bolt-on neck is set using four 1-1/4" screws using our proprietary neck setting jig to ensure that it is perfectly straight with respect to the body. Next, the bridge is set and the tuners are installed.
The inside of the control cavity is coated with shielding paint to eliminate any interference from other electronics. The pots, switch and pickups are then installed and hand wired. The fretboard is then treated a special conditioning oil to enhance character and protect the wood’s natural moisture content.
Once the remaining components are assembled, we string up your guitar and begin adjusting the bridge to set the action. Bridge height and saddle location are meticulously set to give your guitar great feeling action and perfect intonation. Your guitar is inspected and tested by our quality control team before being securely packaged and shipped.
Strict Warranty and Returns - Please do not buy if you cannot follow our Terms and Conditions
We want you to love your Custom Made Top Guitar. If for some reason you are not happy with it when it arrives, we want to hear from you immediately.
Due to the custom nature of our guitars, we cannot accept returns in exchange for cash refunds. However, if something is wrong with your guitar when you receive it in the mail, we’re happy to take the guitar back and fix any issues.
To arrange to have your guitar returned to us, please contact us at admin@thetopguitars prior to shipping the guitar. In your email please provide us with the following information:
- Shipping Address
- Telephone number
- Reason for return
Once we have this information, we’ll arrange to have the guitar returned to us and will contact you with more information.
Please pack the guitar in the original box it was shipped to you in.
We recommend you choose the shape that appeals to you most. Unlike acoustic and classical guitars, the shape of an electric guitar or bass does not significantly affect the way the instrument sounds or performs. Choose from our existing body shapes, or, send us a drawing of your original design - we can build that, too!
Choose Body Core Wood
All our instruments are handcrafted from quality tone woods. If you're just starting out, we recommend you choose the wood that appeals to you most based on its appearance, and don't worry too much about how the type of wood affects the sound or performance of the instrument.
* The type of body wood used can affect the way an instrument sounds, but it does not make as big of an impact on the sound when compared to other aspects of the guitar, such as the pickups.
Choose Body Top
Body tops are optional. If you're just starting out, you should either skip this option, or choose the veneer top that appeals to you most. We offer veneer tops (paper-thin layer of wood) and cap tops (thick layer of wood). Most people will add a top to their instrument because of the top’s naturally beautiful appearance. Some people will add a top to their guitar because it can affect the overall sound of the instrument, too (only applies to cap tops, not veneers).
Choose the Color for Body Top
Choose the color you want for the body top. You can choose the color for the sides and back of the body later. You can choose whether you want the color to be solid, transparent, metallic, or gloss, and matte in a later step.
Choose the Color for Body Sides and Back
Choose the color you want for the sides and back of the body. You can choose between solid, transparent, metallic, or gloss, and matte in a later step.
Choose the Kind of Color
We offer three kinds of colors:
Natural - choose this if you want to see the wood grain and natural color
Transparent - choose this if you want to see the wood grain
Solid - choose this if you do not want to see the wood grain
Metallic - choose this if you do not want to see the wood grain, and if you want highly-reflective metal flakes mixed in with the color
You can choose between gloss and matte (satin) finishes in a later step.
Choose the Kind of Finish
We offer two kinds of finish:
Gloss - choose this if you want your guitar to have a very shiny, highly-reflective surface
Matte (Satin) - choose this if you want your guitar to have a slightly shiny, slightly-reflective surface
You may want to consider the following facts:
Gloss finishes attract fingerprints
Gloss finishes can be easily buffed to remove light surface scratches
Satin finishes do not attract fingerprints as much as gloss finishes
Satin finishes cannot be as easily buffed to remove light surface scratches compared to gloss finishes
* The type of finish can affect the way an instrument sounds, but it does not make as big of an impact on the sound when compared to other aspects of the guitar, such as the pickups
Choose Neck Wood
The neck wood is used for the headstock and for the back of the neck (where your thumb rests when playing the instrument). Be careful not to confuse the neck wood with the fretboard wood, as they are separate and different. All our necks are handcrafted from quality tone woods. If you're just starting out, we recommend you choose the wood that appeals to you most based on its appearance, and don't worry too much about how the type of wood affects the sound or performance of the instrument.
* The type of neck wood can affect the way an instrument sounds, but it does not make as big of an impact on the sound when compared to other aspects of the guitar, such as the pickups.
Choose Fretboard Wood
The fretboard wood is used for the part where the frets are installed (front of the neck, where you press on the strings). All our fretboards are built from quality tone woods. If you're just starting out, we recommend you choose the wood that appeals to you most based on its appearance, and don't worry too much about how the type of wood affects the sound or performance of the instrument.
* The type of fretboard wood used can affect the way an instrument sounds, but it does not make as big of an impact on the sound when compared to other aspects of the guitar, such as the pickups.
Choose the Color for the Back of Neck
Choose the color you want for the back of the neck. You can choose between solid, transparent, metallic, or gloss, and matte in a later step.
Choose the Number of Frets
There is not one standard # of frets, but the three most common are 21, 22 and 24 frets. The extra frets simply mean you can play some additional high notes. If you are just starting out, you will probably be just fine choosing 21, 22 or 24 frets. But, you should probably avoid the fretless option unless you're specifically learning how to play fretless instruments.
Choose the Size of the Frets
The frets are the little metal pieces that are installed in the instrument's neck. Frets do not make a significant difference in the sound of the instrument. They come in various sizes and materials. If you're just starting out, we recommend choosing Medium size frets made of Nickel-Silver. For a more scalloped feel, we recommend Extra Jumbo size frets. For increased durability (wear-and-tear), we recommend Stainless Steel frets. Some customers have reported stainless steel frets to be very slippery and brighter sounding when compared to nickel-silver frets – this could be a good, or a bad thing depending on the player.
Choose the Inlays
The inlays are the little shapes that are installed in the instruments neck/fretboard. Inlays do not make a significant difference in the sound of the instrument. They come in various shapes and materials. Inlays allow a player to quickly see where certain positions are located on the fretboard. They are also a great way to decorate, or personalize an instrument. Choose among our existing inlays designs, or send us a drawing of your own designs. Some popular inlay designs are band logos, initials, corporate brand logos, or tribal designs.
Choose the Inlay Color
The inlay color does not make a significant difference in the sound of the instrument. We use acrylic material for black, white and pearl white color. We use genuine abalone shell for abalone color.
Choose Shape of Headstock
We recommend you choose the headstock shape that appeals to you most. The shape of the headstock does not significantly affect the sound or performance of the instrument. Some of our headstock shapes are pointier, which means they can get damaged more easily when dropped or bumped. Choose from our existing shapes, or, send us a drawing of your original design - we can build that, too!
Choose the Color for the Headstock
Choose the color you want for the headstock face. You can choose the color for the back of the neck later. You can choose between solid, transparent, metallic, or gloss, and matte in a later step.
Choose the Tuners
The tuners are crucial components on all guitars and basses. They are installed in the guitar's headstock and they secure one end of the string (the other end is secured by the guitar’s bridge). There are two types of tuners:
Locking tuners are always better than non-locking tuners, but they are more expensive.
It is easier to install strings and easier to keep strings in tune with locking tuners.
If you can afford locking tuners, then we always recommend them over non-locking tuners.
Choose the Bridge Type
The bridge is a crucial component on all guitars and basses. It is installed on top of the body and it secures one end of the strings (the other end is secured by the tuning keys).
There are two types of bridges:
If you're just starting out, we recommend choosing Fixed Bridge. They are easier to keep in tune and maintain. If you plan on using a whammy bar, then choose Tremolo Bridge.
Choose the Bridge Brand
There are hundreds of different bridges available on the market. If you’re just starting out, then we recommend choosing the Custom Top Guitars fixed bridge.
Here are some facts to consider when choosing among the other bridges:
Tone Pros Tune-o-Matic bridges have a locking feature to stabilize the bridge pieces onto the guitar body. They can be used on both flat top and carve top bodies.
Hipshot Hardtail bridges are an excellent choice for flat top bodies. They are not recommended for carve top bodies.
Evertune bridges are designed to keep your guitar in tune forever, and they do! Evertune bridges do not require any battery power or special robot gears. It is a passive, all-mechanical solution and can be installed on both flat top and carve top bodies.
Hannes bridges are designed to be extremely comfortable, and to maximize each string’s sound characteristics. This bridge is not recommended for carve top bodies.
Floyd Rose Tremolo bridges feature a double-locking system for the ultimate in tuning stability. They have the widest range-of-motion. If huge dive-bombs and harmonic pull-ups are mandatory, then we recommend the Floyd Rose
Kahler Tremolo bridges feature 6-way adjustable string saddles, which really allow you to dial in your string action and intonation. They have a fairly wide range-of-motion, but less than the Floyd Rose. The Kahler’s have a smoother feel compared to the Floyd Rose, and also have a convenient locking mechanism to convert the bridge into a fixed bridge.
Hipshot Tremolo bridges are simple, yet very effective. They have great tone and stay in tune well. They are a more compact system and are great for most tremolo users
Choose the Pickup Configuration
The Pickups are crucial components on all guitars and basses. They significantly affect the sound of an instrument. They are installed in the instrument’s body. If you’re just starting out on guitar, choose Humbucker pickups if you are playing hard rock and metal styles; choose Single Coil pickups if you are playing country and blues styles.
For guitar, there are two common types of pickups:
Humbucker (H) – generally have a thicker sound, higher output, and work well for most styles including hard rock/metal
Single-Coil (S) – generally have a kind of “twangy” sound, lower output, and work well for most styles, especially country and blues. Not typically used for hard rock and metal, but this is not a rule.
For bass, we offer four common types of pickups:
P Style – generally have a “fat, slightly hollow tone”. Commonly used in the neck position.
J Style – generally known to have a brighter sound. Commonly used in the bridge and neck position.
Humbucker – generally have a fuller sound with an emphasis on lows and mids. Commonly used in the bridge and neck position.
MM Style – generally have a cleaner tone, a lot of attack and bite, increased highs and lows. Commonly used in between the bridge and neck position, or in the “sweet spot”.
Choose the Pickup Brand
There are hundreds of different pickups available on the market. If you’re just starting out, we recommend choosing Custom Top Guitars pickups.
Choose the Color of the Hardware
The hardware color does not affect the sound or performance of the instrument. It is cosmetic only. Choose the color that appeals to you most. This color will then be used on all hardware, which include screws, nuts, washers, switches, tuners, bridges, and knobs.
Choose Optional Upgrades
Strap Locks – these enable you to lock your guitar strap onto your guitar. Without strap locks, your guitar strap is at risk of slipping off, which could result in damage. We highly recommended strap locks if you dance or jump around while performing on stage with your guitar.
Your Signature on Headstock – this is a great way to personalize your custom guitar or bass!
Pick Guard – these are generally made of plastic material and they help protect your instrument’s finish from the constant contact with your guitar pick and fingertips. Pick guards are also decorative. Some classic guitar designs don’t look the same without the pick guard!
Custom Graphics – this is a great way to personalize your custom instrument. Some common graphics are corporate brand logos, band logos, family names, tribal designs, blood splatter, camouflage, just to name a few… Send us your design and we’ll put it on your instrument!
Guitar is packed with Styrofoam (Fully Protected). Hard shell case, straps, tuners, and other accessories are not included in the package.
"Our expertise is to customize guitars according to the specifications of our clients. Owning the latest state of the art equipment, craftsmanship and skilled technicians. We take great pride in the quality and designs of our electric guitars and basses. From traditional to unique styles a U.S. Masters instrument rates with the finest in detail, woods, finish, feel, components and consistency. Our designs incorporate some advanced high performance features, some patented, to improve on aspects of sonic response and feel, upper fret access, the ease of playing, comfort and all designed to provide you with one of the finest responding instruments available. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee allows you to buy with confidence!"
Order Status and Tracking
Once your order has been shipped, we will be providing you with the tracking number so you can conveniently monitor the shipments progress on EMS Worldwide Express Mail Service website. Delivery Time: 7-10 Working Days. And also, you may track it directly in your Local Post Office website like USPS.com (USA).
The Website attempts to display product images shown on the Website as accurately as possible. However, The Top Guitars cannot guarantee that the image or color you see displayed on your monitor represents the actual product or conforms to the specifications of the product you have selected. If you have any questions about product appearance/specifications, please contact us before placing your order. The Website does not contain images of each offered item because some of them are Custom and not built and/or modified yet.
Orders placed today shipped in just 15 - 25 days
Our production/assemble time frame: 15 - 25 working days since our professional Control Team and Supervisor Engineer will ensure that your ordered guitar is top notch considering the fact that this guitar is intricate to assemble and they check very carefully every detail such as the finish, fret work, pickups, strings. And also, they will test the sound quality. We do not rush up the process of manufacturing your guitar since we would like to deliver to you best quality performance.
What Does Custom Shop means?
Do you know what does custom shop means? Like custom shop cars and motorcycle, furniture. With Top Guitars it pertains to woodworking, most of us would define a custom shop as one dealing with made-to-order goods with certain specifications. Someone comes into my realm with a certain vision. That vision may be on a set of architectural prints or still locked in their brain waiting for extraction. In either case, it’s a vision or plan that they have, not me.
A good custom shop will have insight based on their experience that will help make the project better. That’s part of being custom — making concepts a reality. But there is more to running a custom shop than simply having the ability and experience to create someone’s dream. Figuring out what that is requires a little digging. The concept is buried in first understanding the other meanings of the word custom. Although “made-to-order” is a correct characterization where you can personalized the headtsock with your name or initials and you can CUSTOMIZE YOUR GUITAR: Mahogany, Alder, Maple, Bass Wood, Right/Left handed guitar, Body colour, Neck profile, No dots on fretboard and Fret size.Our Custom Shop Guitars referred to in this site as drawing "inspiration" from the major guitar brands and any reference to custom shop brand names or "Inspired by" are made strictly for comparison purposes only.
Note: The concept is buried in first understanding the other meanings of the word custom. Although “made-to-order” is a correct characterization where you can personalized the headtsock with your first or last name or initials and you can CUSTOMIZE YOUR GUITAR: Mahogany, Alder, Maple, Bass Wood, Right/Left handed guitar, Body colour, Neck profile, No dots on fretboard and Fret size. Our Custom Shop Guitars referred to in this site as drawing "inspiration" from the major guitar brands and any reference to custom shop brand names or "Inspired by" are made strictly for comparison purposes only.
Where should I indicate my specifications request upon placing an order:
You may indicate in the Requirements Field Box. For example:
Body color: white, black, red, green, blue
Fretboard: rosewood or ebony
Inlays: dot, sharktooth, birds, tree of life, or stars.
Headstock logo name.
What kind of Pickups and Machine Heads do you use?
We mostly upgrade our Custom Guitars with Authorized Wilkinson Pickups, Authorized Grover Machine Heads and Authorized Floyd Rose Tremolo if applicable.
Where Does the Products come from?
Korea Custom Shop Guitars and Basses - Assembled in China; Electronic Components and Wood are imported from Japan and Korea to ensure the best quality performance
USA Custom Shop Guitars - Assembled in California
Authorized USA Brand Guitars - From USA Manufacturer
Authorized Cecilio Musical Instruments - From USA Manufacturer ( Los Angeles, California )
Customs Fee and International Orders
We indicate and report to EMS Worldwide Express mail service that the guitar is sent with a lower declared value than the purchased price and as a gift so that there will be a possible exemption on custom clearance fees, taxes or you may need to pay a little amount but it is necessary, or the custom will open the package and revalue the guitar. Based on our experience, the custom fees in the Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia are very minimal since we declared the guitar as a gift and lower purchased price in order to lessen the custom fees or even possible exemption and we have not received complaints from our valued customers regarding custom fees, taxes and tariffs.
What is the Carrier to deliver the items?
We ship our guitars through EMS International Worldwide Express Mail Service. Very Fast and Reliable Carrier in China.
What is the Standard Shipping Cost for Custom Guitars and Basses?
Europe: $115 USD
USA: $115 USD
Asia: $115 USD
Other Countries: $115 USD
Fret Buzz or Bow Neck?
Our professional guitar technicians inspect each instrument by hand, then perform a full, and precision setup. All brand new guitars need proper setup after shipment to suit your personal preference that would strongly correlate to your playing style. Truss rod adjustments are made to alter the straightness (flatness) of the neck. Truss rods often require adjusting when temperature and humidity change the amount of bow in the neck. Weather, specifically temperature and humidity, may have a dramatic impact on the way your instrument plays. All instrument woods expand and contract with seasonal actuations in temperature and humidity, and naturally, string height and playing action are affected. The neck needs a simple truss rod adjustment to correct any problems like fret buzz and bow neck which can be easily done by guitar experts. And also, you may adjust the bar of bridge. Please be advised that guitar necks are crafted from wood, and they will sometimes shift during shipping and as the temperature/humidity/elevation changes. An important part of maintaining your guitar is knowing how to adjust the truss rod. When a guitar experiences temperature and humidity swings, such as when seasons change, it can develop a slight bow in the neck that results in a guitar that plays buzzy or is suddenly much harder to fret. If this situation occurs, you can often correct the problem simply by tightening or loosening the truss rod. You may bring your brand new guitar in your Local Guitar Shop for proper setup and adjustment of the truss rod.
The instruments have been set up at the factory. However, time, temperature, and transportation are a few of the many things that can cause a guitar to go out of "intonation". We recommend that you get your new guitar set up by a qualified luthier upon delivery. We recommend taking it to a qualified guitar tech for a set up. They will adjust the neck and bridge to take out the buzzing. We ensure that before shipment there is no evident of fret buzz before shipment and the guitar plays beautifully since our professional guitar technicians inspect each instrument by hand, then perform a full, and precision setup. All brand new guitars need proper setup after shipment to suit your personal preference that would strongly correlate to your playing style. We believe that your Local Guitar Shop can properly and safely adjust the truss rod and setup the guitar correctly for issues of fret buzz and bow neck. Truss rod adjustments are made to alter the straightness (flatness) of the neck. Truss rods often require adjusting when temperature and humidity change the amount of bow in the neck. Weather, specifically temperature and humidity, may have a dramatic impact on the way your instrument plays. All instrument woods expand and contract with seasonal actuations in temperature and humidity, and naturally, string height and playing action are affected. The neck needs a simple truss rod adjustment to correct any problems like fret buzz and bow neck which can be easily done by guitar experts. And also, you may adjust the bar of bridge. Please be advised that guitar necks are crafted from wood, and they will sometimes shift during shipping and as the temperature/humidity/elevation changes. An important part of maintaining your guitar is knowing how to adjust the truss rod. When a guitar experiences temperature and humidity swings, such as when seasons change, it can develop a slight bow in the neck that results in a guitar that plays buzzy or is suddenly much harder to fret. If this situation occurs, you can often correct the problem simply by tightening or loosening the truss rod.
Custom Guitars Trademarks Disclaimer
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"Our Aim Is To Provide High Quality Guitars For Beginners And Students Even For Professional Guitarist At Very Affordable Prize And All Of Our Products Passed Through A Very Strict Quality Assurance In China To Maintain Our Standards."
We put your new instrument through the demanding
10-point inspection below:
Fit & Finish. We visually check your instrument for any scratches, dings, finish flaws or other aesthetic imperfections. We also pay attention to the neck, bridge, tuners and any other part of the guitar that could be a loose or incorrect fit.
Action. We ship our guitars with a target action of 3/32" at the Bass E, 12th fret. Everyone is different. There is no such thing as one perfect setup... it depends on what you want the guitar to feel like.
Buzzes. Nothing drives me nuts more than a buzz. If there's a loose tuner bushing, rattling truss rod or any other similar symptom, we'll find it & fix it.
Neck & Frets. We inspect the neck angle so that your guitar has the appropriate amount of saddle height and a good break angle. If there are any loose or high frets, we will address this problem too.
Relief. Along with the action, neck relief can really make a difference in a guitar's playability. Too little and you can get fret buzz & poor volume. Too much, and your guitar can be uncomfortable, especially in the middle of the neck.
Intonation. Your new guitar should play in tune all the way up the neck. We inspect and adjust the intonation to ensure that you don't have any tuning problems higher up, with and without a capo.
Electronics. If your guitar comes with a pickup system (either from the factory or aftermarket) we will test it before it ships. Poor sound, uneven string balance, and just plain component failure is all checked & corrected so you don't have to fool around with it. If your guitar's system requires a battery inside the guitar, we may remove it prior to shipping.
Strings. We guarantee your guitar will ship with a fresh set of the factory recommended strings on it.
Case integrity. Every once in a while we might find a guitar case with a bad latch or other imperfection. It's our job to correct the bad case.
Test drive! After we complete the above tasks, it's our duty to play your guitar. There's just no substitute ... your guitar must be played to ensure that everything is in tip-top shape.
We Ship Worldwide: North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Canada, Asia and other Countries.Standard Shipping Cost is $115 USD
Estimated Delivery Time
4 - 10 Days
15 - 25 Working Days
We build all of our Custom Shop and Semi-Custom instruments from scratch and on demand - therefore, Custom Shop and Semi-Custom orders are fulfilled in the order in which they were received. These times can vary due to demand and the custom options you choose. Our production/assemble time frame: 20 - 25 working days since our professional Control Team and Supervisor Engineer will ensure that your ordered guitar is top notch considering the fact that this guitar is intricate to assemble and they check very carefully every detail such as the finish, fret work, pickups, strings. And also, they will test the sound quality. We do not rush up the process of manufacturing your guitar since we would like to deliver to you best quality performance. The Top Guitars bodies, necks and fingerboards are all handcrafted from premium tone woods, Wilkinson parts, electronics and hardware are imported from Japan and South Korea. We also offer EMG and Seymour Duncan Pickups imported from USA. We have Schaller tremolo and MEC Pickups imported from Germany.
When the item leaves our warehouse, they are generally shipped to EMS Worldwide Express Mail Service. We ship our products from Mainland China where our manufacturing factory is located. Once your order has been shipped, we will be providing you with the tracking number so you can conveniently monitor the shipments progress on EMS Worldwide Express Mail Service and SF EXpress website. Delivery Time: 7-10 Working Days. And also, you may track it directly in your Local Post Office website like USPS.com (USA) and Parcelforce.com (UK). For delivery delays contact directly your local post office. International Door to Door Express Delivery Service - Signature is required upon delivery to ensure safety of the package. All of our packages are insured.
Most, if not all of us have at least given some thought to learning to play the guitar. It is, after all, an instrument which takes the leading role in virtually every genre of popular music. No matter what type of music you aspire to play, there is almost certainly an important part there for you as a would-be guitar player. Of course, learning to play begins with actually owning a guitar.
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