Specimen custom guitars are crafted using traditional techniques like hand rasping and carving and feature the classic nitro-cellulose finish. Most are electric guitars and basses created from traditional materials, but some also feature unusual materials such as phenolic, aluminum, bell brass, masonite, and exotic woods.
Some Specimens are one-of-a-kind instruments, while others have developed into our standard models. Custom guitars like the Pippin, Maxwell and Luddite became a series of electric guitars built around common design features. Specimens are created one at a time and built to last many lifetimes.