Ordering a Guitar
Ordering Your Guitar
I offer both semi-custom and full custom options, but truly even the semi custom is limited only by body shape.
The base price includes a guitar built with top quality tone woods and attention to detail, Some tone woods are pricier than others and some details more exacting, but every Queen City guitar comes standard with...
Solid laminated linings
Simple purfling (if desired)
Bone nut and saddle
Bone or hardwood bridge pins
Two way truss rod
Gotoh open gear or vintage closed gear tuning machines
Ascending bar inlaid fret markers(examples of which can be seen here, and throughout the guitars I have listed) or traditional dot inlay markers
Hide-glue construction throughout
Hand rubbed nitro-cellulous lacquer finish
Finding the right fit, feel, and look of of your instrument is the first step of building you guitar. We will discuss things like the kind of music you play as well as your preference for things like neck profile and string spacing. These sorts of personalizations are included in the base price, but for either semi or full custom instruments there are many other possible options and upgrades which we can discuss when you order your guitar.
The sky is the limit on wood choice, and nearly every piece of wood on the guitar is fair game. If you would like a guitar built out of a specific wood and I can source it I am happy to build it, though rare, exotic and difficult to work with woods will often be subject to upcharges based on the specific wood selection.
That said, many woods are available at the base price (this list is by no means exhaustive)
Oregon mrytle/California laurel
Slotted headstock 250+
I Love the look of a slotted headstock and I think it makes for a stiffer neck because slotted headstocks are thicker.
Fretboard binding 50+
Headstock binding and purfling 100+
I will do binding, binding and purfling or a violin style purfling only on the headstock of your guitar. Check out the link to the headstock gallery above to see the violin style purfling.
Thr Gotoh machines I offer standard are both beautiful and functional, but sometimes we want something a little extra fancy. I am happy to work with you on whatever tuning machines you have your sights set on and the upcharge for this upgrade is based on cost differential and for semi custom orders the potential need to redesign the headstock.
If you have artistic inlay ideas I am happy to discuss them with you.
French Polish 600+
Nothing beats the beauty of a french polish. Shellac both looks amazing and sounds great, and I am happy to use this traditional method to finish the body of your guitar. I prefer a lacquer or gunstock finish for necks, but I am also happy to discuss french polishing the neck of your new guitar as well.
Process and Payment
The order process begins with a discussion of what the perfect guitar for you is. Your playing style and past preferences in guitars as well as your aesthetic inclinations in order to design just the right instrument for you. This design process can be very in depth or you can give me some basic insight into what you want and I can take it from there, its all up to you. (I am also happy to send process pictures periodically so you can follow along with the construction of your guitar.)
At this point we will set a price for your instrument and a $750+ deposit will be due. If I am currently running a wait list this deposit will secure your place in line and as such can be paid at any time during the design process to hold a place in the line. Prior to beginning your guitar a second payment of 1/2 the agreed price minus the initial deposit must be paid with the second half of the agreed upon price to be paid prior to delivery of the guitar. The agreed price does not include any applicable taxes or shipping costs which will also be required prior to the delivery of the guitar.
Upon receipt of the guitar there is a three day trial period, if the owner finds it to be unsatisfactory the owner may request a refund, which will be granted under two conditions: 1) that the guitar is returned, at owners expense, in the condition it was originally shipped in, and 2) upon its subsequent resale, at which time the original owner will be refunded their money or the amount that the guitar is subsequently sold for, if that sum is less than originally paid. Please note that some customizations of the guitar can make it difficult to resell.
I would love to make you a guitar that looks and feels just right for you, if you are interested please email me at email@example.com and lets start planning your next guitar!