Acoustic Guitar Building ~ Summer Camp – On Sale Until DEC 26

An immersive experience in a fully equipped guitar building workshop… Build a beautiful acoustic guitar under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor. No experience necessary.   Questions? Please call us! 773-489-4830

The Aluminum Deluxe

Each Specimen aluminum body is handcrafted individually. This takes time. A lot of time. So much so that we limit the production of this model to all we can bear to make in a given period. It would be much, much easier if we used a CNC machine, but it wouldn't be the same. Not even close.

Each Specimen is guaranteed imperfect, hand made in fact. But let it be known that no more accurate, tonal, and delicious stringed instrument is being produced on this planet at this time.

The satin finish is an ephemeral patina imposed by hand upon a slab of 6061 T6 aluminum. I labor over it and try to soothe it. I am not a machine but I am close to one. I get out every scratch that I can.

Even so, within a relatively short time these instruments tend to develop a much stronger patina, the result of time and effort on the musician's part - inadvertent, yet every bit as real.

The alignment of the neck on the body on an aluminum is different from a standard guitar. There is an even more distinct marrying of the two. This neck and this body, together for life. It must be in just the right place. When these things happen well, we have a guitar that transcends standard fare. One that plays so agreeably that music is written upon it. Imagine that.

This Specimen aluminum guitar comes either with a custom Specimen neck (pictured here) that features a non-adjustable steel reinforcement and our special 6-on-a-side headstock design or with a stock Fender-style neck. Pricing for a stock neck is listed below. A custom Specimen neck is an additional $800.


Neck: Flame maple with extra-thick Madagascar rosewood fingerboard with aluminum fret-markers and side dots
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Fretboard: Maple
Truss Rod: Non-adjustable steel bar.
Frets: Dunlop 6105
Body: Aluminum top and and back, milled aluminum frame
Pickups: Lindy Fralin High Output humbuckers with coil taps activated by the push-pull tone pots
Controls: Volume and tone for each pickup, three position pickup selector switch
Bridge: Hipshot hardtail

Please call 773.489.4830 or email to discuss details and make arrangements for your commission.

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