Your sojourn into the world of custom made guitars begins with the design process. At Brown Bear Guitars, we want to build instruments that elicit emotional responses and pride of ownership. In other words, we strive to build instruments that reflect your musicianship and personality.
The design process starts with choosing a body type. We are currently building Telecaster, Stratocaster, Gretch Duo-Jet and Les Paul style guitars and are open to exploring your own designs.
Choice of woods will affect tone, weight and general playability. Swamp Ash and Mahogany are common base woods. Bodies can be capped with exotics like Flame Maple, Quilted Maple, Rosewood, Koa, and others. Necks can sport Maple, Rosewood or Ebony finger boards.
The next and most important consideration are neck dimensions. If you already know your preferred neck specifications, we can build it. Or, through the process of discussing your playing style and needs, we can recommend a neck profile.
Tuners, pickups, circuit design, bridges and other hardware are all chosen by you to compliment the build. We are happy to make recommendations, but this is your guitar. Let's build something that you will absolutely love!
We will take lots of time to discuss every aspect of your build and will provide a quote. A 25% deposit is required to start your build. Delivery is currently about six weeks.