Having spent hours bent over jigs, routers and drill presses, I pray I never have to go back to doing body construction in-house. There’s nothing wrong with using templates and hand routing, but it is hard to maintain tight tolerances.
Over the years, I have owned and worked on a ton of vintage guitars, noticing sloppy neck pockets, oddly placed string ferrules and irregular body perimeter shapes. The instruments may be charming, but today’s customer has a much higher standard for accurate tolerances and would never accept inconsistencies in quality.
I am proud to say that Tommy Rosamond and the crew at USA Custom Guitars in Seattle make the majority of my bodies and necks. I have known Tommy for more than 20 years, and we think I was his third customer after he started the business.
Combining his years of experience, huge wood stock and precision CNC routers, he makes the finest necks and bodies out there. There is a reason a lot of builders use USA Custom Guitars, even if they don’t freely admit it.
I’m very picky about selecting the right grain pattern and wood weight, and Tommy and I work closely so that he pulls the prime piece of wood that I want for you.
Bodies are built exactly to requested specs. Neck specs come precisely in the desired size, shape and nut width – all with extremely tight tolerances. This means that you get a guitar with standardized routes that can be easily duplicated for additional builds or repairs. If you change a part, you don’t have to worry about aftermarket parts. They will line up every time.
And it means I devote my time to your guitar’s details like hand shaping the back of the neck, rolling the fingerboards, doing the custom finish work, the fretwork and all the fine points. My primary concern is building you the guitar that you asked for that looks, feels, plays and sounds the way you want.