J-Dub guitars are all made to order, custom built to your specifications. We can create
an instrument that fits you, your musical style, and your desired visual impact. We specialize in
6 and 12-string electric and acoustic guitars.
Since our guitars are custom made, you are relatively free to specify what you want, including the wood species and the finish. We will discuss your needs in order to generate a specification
that is uniquely yours.
The basic acoustic guitar will be a spruce top, and your choice of back and sides, which
we can make with koa, rosewood, mahogany, maple, and others. The neck will be mahogany
with a fretboard matched to the body. Binding is included, as is basic purfling, and a rosette.
The basic electric guitar will be a maple neck, basswood body, chrome trim, Seymour
Duncan “Broadcaster” wind pickups, which have a very nice, live sound.
We love to make new body shapes and one-offs. It's usually not much more money to
build these, so please ask and let us discuss this option with you if you are interested.
We have some great koa wood on hand and more available. This is very special wood,
over 30 years in storage, with a beautiful grain and great tonal properties. It is definitely a
favorite of ours, but we also have rosewood, mahogany, maple, ovangkol, and many others
available for you. These woods tend to make great acoustic and electric bodies, but
they can be used as acoustic top woods as well.
For the best acoustic tone, however, we recommend the spruce family for our steel
string guitars due to it's high strength-to-weight ratio. Cedars are a very good choice for
nylon-stringed instrument tops. Neck woods tend to be mahogany due to it's stability, but
we have successfully used our old koa wood as well. Maple, especially hard rock maple,
makes a very resonant neck, which is great for the sustain on an electric guitar.
We only use Seagraves Lacquer for our guitars due to it's light weight and durability.
If you are in the area, you can come by and play some of the guitars we keep on hand
as “Shop Demos”. We try to keep a dozen instruments on hand, and sell them if we get too
many. Call us for an appointment at 317-506-4674 or email at email@example.com