January 11 2017
Please note that as of March 2016 I am no longer accepting custom guitar orders.
Despite rumors to the contrary, I am not retiring! I have stopped accepting new orders as of the fall of 2016, but I am continuing to fill orders on my waiting list, as well as developing some new special runs of guitars which will be offered in the ' Currently in Stock' section of this website. I intend to continue to build guitars as long as I am able to do so, hopefully for a long time.
For those of you on my waiting list, I thank you for your patience and hope I can reward you with a guitar that will be a worthy companion for your many days of playing enjoyment.
May 23 2015
Historic Tuners & Pick Guards
In an effort to create the most realistic version of some instruments made from 1931 to 1935 specifically, I have taken it upon myself to fabricate the most accurate reproduction of the famed Grover G-98 tuner that was used during this period. These tuners will incorporate all of the same features in exacting detail as the originals, which includes-
6 : 1 tuning ratio
Solid brass that is plated
Clipped end plate
Brass drive rivet as opposed to screw
Correct size "Butterbean" button
Correct worm gear with 12 tooth helical worm drive gear
Note: These tuners will not be made available for retail sale, and only made available on Montuoro Guitar Co. "bench copy" instruments.
Historic "Bench Cop" Series
History does have a way of repeating itself. The "Bench Copy" series of historic instruments from the golden age built exclusively at the Montuoro Guitar Co. coming soon.
April 6 2015
2015 And Beyond
Hello and welcome to the new year. With the dawn of each new year comes a different set of plans to follow. I have been fortunate enough to amass a pretty substantial amount of work, with both custom builds and vintage restoration.
Being a one-man shop most certainly presents its challenges from time to time, And the largest challenge it seems is time itself. As of this year I have officially hit a 3-1/2 to 4 year turn around time for custom order builds. As for vintage restoration I am currently operating at a 2 to 2-1/2 year turn around.
This means if you order a guitar today, 1/5/15, it will be close to 3 years before I can even start your build. And for restorations it will be 2 years minimum before I can begin to tend to your instrument.
A wise sage of a person once told me "a man must know his limitations", and I find that sentiment very poignant. So currently I will only be entertaining clients who are seriously interested or are fully understanding of my current wait time. I realize it is a wait, but alas this is what it is.
I greatly appreciate all of the interest and patronage over these years, I look forward to hopefully serving more of the guitar community once I am caught up with my present work load. I am always available via email to answer any questions you might have in the meantime....just please forgive me if I'm slow to respond.....it means I'm hard at work!
January 5th 2015
This weekend i had the incredible and rare opportunity to get to sit and listen to a master of the guitar julian lage. Julian was in town playing with Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Martin Taylor, Gene Bertoncini, Ed Laub & Vinny Raniolo for Frank Vignola's Guitar Spectacular. and it delivered on the guitar spectacular part. some of the most incredible people and musicians i have ever met.
It is on the rare occasion that i actually have a guitar at the shop for someone to try when they are passing through town. lucky for me this happened when Julian was on his way through. it goes without saying that i had a lump in my throat getting to sit in front of one of my guitars while julian worked his magic. quite possibly the most deft guitarist i have met in my life. to be such an enigmatic guitar figure at only age 27 is just mind blowing. and to think he's been playing at these extreme levels of virtuosity since the tender age of 8.
I can go on and on but it would be futile. I will say that Julian is as sweet a person as his playing is. I want to thank Julian for his graciousness with his time. having these rare opportunities as a guitar maker is what makes all of your hard work manifest before you.
Julian is seen playing a 16" 0000 size, Larson bros. inspired Style 7 "Special solo"
January 6th 2015
Fretboard journal live nels cline and julian lage
Recently I received an email from Jason Verlinde the publisher of the fretboard journal as well as Nels cline. they were kind enough to share this video with me. Nels makes mention of an instrument I build for him way back in 2006 and its use on the duos upcoming acoustic guitar record. Nels and Julian are seen here performing a few tunes off of their new album entitled "Room".
January 23rd 2015