A word or two about me and the guitars
I was born into a woodworking family. My grandpa (August) emigrated to this country from Sweden. He was a professional woodworker and I still have his tool box and many of his tools. I learned about the pleasure of building something yourself working with my dad over the years as he built furniture for our family and friends, or remodeled homes he bought to fix up and resell. I love how wood feels, looks and how strong it can be in the right application. I also love the sound it can produce in a stringed instrument.
I currently build the following body size guitars. Martin style OOO/OM, Martin Style Dreadnaught, Gibson style or round shouldered Dreadnaught, Gibson style 14 Fret Nick Lucas, Gibson style Super Jumbo or J-200.
I like to build using traditional methods, hand tools whenever it makes sense and modern technology as well, when that makes the most sense. In other words, I like to use the techniques that produce the best results structurally and sonically.
The base price for all of my guitars is the same. I start out with high grade tone wood and appoint my instruments to a pretty high level, and install very good tuners so a base guitar for me comes pretty well appointed without adding lots of extras. For example, all of my guitars feature wood binding, bound fretboard, premium tone wood and come with a hard shell case and a humidipak. Base price guitars are made with either Indian Rosewood, Mahogany, or Maple back and sides and Sitka Spruce tops. Additional tone woods can certainly be used upon request, and may require an additional charge.
Bound Headstock…. $200
Laminated Neck…… $150
Sunburst Finish……. $350+
When someone orders a guitar from me I ask for a $500 deposit to secure your order. When the guitar is done, and paid for, I will deliver or ship it to you. Once the guitar is received I ask that you take three days to play it and get comfortable with it. If for any reason, at the end of the three days, you are not happy with it, or you just don’t like it, send it back to me and I will refund your money in full.
It generally takes me four months to complete a guitar once I get started. Throughout the build process, I like to send pictures of the progress each week so you have a record of how the guitar was built.
I also offer a free six month checkup for any guitar that I make or restore. It is not required, but as part of my warranty. Here is how that works. I invite customers to bring their guitar back to me and leave it with me for a few days. I will go through the entire guitar and make sure that it is aging well, make any adjustments that are needed, oil the fretboard and the bridge and install a new set of strings..free of charge.
My warranty is a limited lifetime warranty to the original owner for as long as I am in this business. This warranty covers any repairs as a result of defects in materials or craftsmanship.
This does not include:
Alterations or modifications made to the instrument by others
Normal wear to finish, tuners, frets, and from playing the instrument
Any damage caused by neglect, abuse, accidents, or improper handling
Damage caused by extremes in heat or humidity
I love working with a client to make something special and lasting that they will play and enjoy for many years to come. I invite you to spend some time looking through my website. If you would like more information about Martin and Gibson guitars I can recommend two great books. "Gibsons Fabulous Flat-Top Guitars by Eldon Whitford, David Vinopal, and Dan Erlewine" and "Martin Guitars: A History by Richard Johnston and Dick Boak" Most of the historical information I share in the attached pages came from one of those two books.
You can also find me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/august_guitars/ and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/August-Guitars-229629447212246/ I hope you find the information useful and informative. If you would like to talk about a custom instrument, inquire about available instruments, or if you just have general questions, please give me a call 972-342-6545 or send me an email AugustGuitars@Gmail.com.