Custom Classical and Steel String Guitars
Hand-built guitars made to specification from the finest materials
Every custom musical instrument I produce is an original design handcrafted with ideal specifications to best serve the player. I start by interviewing my client to determine how to build with their individual playing style in mind. Tone, playability and aesthetics are factors I consider to further refine the design and materials. Ultimately this results in the best instrument for an enriched and personalized musical experience, whether that be playing at home or performing on stage.
During the building process there are countless decisions made responding to the needs of wood. Great instruments cannot be built with a cookie cutter approach as every piece of wood will feel and sound a little different and needs a unique approach.
Every player also has their own style and sound that benefits from a custom designed instrument. Design features are the way to achieve this. Several of my methods include utilizing arm bevels, wedge shaped bodies and unconventional scale lengths as solutions for optimizing instruments to the individual player.
- Classical Guitars start at a price of $5500 (plus GET tax 4.71%)
- Standard model comes with Engelmann Spruce or Western Red Cedar top and Indian Rosewood back and sides. See below for all build options.
- Available in 4/4 and 7/8ths with Custom Features
- Steel String guitars start at $5500 (Plus GET 4.71%)
- Standard Model comes with Sitka Spruce or Engelmann Spruce and Indian Rosewood Back and Sides.
- Available In Dreadnought, OM and 00 with Custom Features. See below for all build options.
Beveled Armrest (all models)
This feature is built into the instrument allowing the builder to create a smooth rounded edge that does not dig into the player’s arm. Small bevels go a long way increasing comfort for hours of practice.
Wedge Body (all models)Developed in 1984 by Linda Manzer, the Manzer Wedge reduces the thickness of the bass side of the guitar and increases the treble giving the feel of a thin body guitar without modifying the traditional helmholtz or sacrificing sound. I like to create a difference of only 1cm between the bass and treble side of the guitar, therefore making a subtle change that still works with conventional cases and still relieves stress on the right shoulder.
Elevated Fingerboard (Classical or OM)
Elevated fingerboards improve the access to the high register of the guitar without reducing the soundboard area like a cutaway does. Slightly modifying the neck projection allows the builder to extend the neck wood on top of the soundboard effectively lifting the fretboard to an accessible position reducing strain on the wrist
All Wood Lattice (classical only)
This is my favorite bracing design which supports the soundboard via a wooden grid that transfers vibration equally and effectively. This system is generally louder and more responsive but still sounds like a traditional guitar.
Guitars in Process
“So happy to have picked up this beauty from Nathaniel Rich the other day! It’s a real masterpiece. As soon as I played it, I knew this puppy was going to seriously affect my (already greatly diminished) social life…. because now all I want to do is practice ????. Thanks Nathaniel, I’ve been searching for an axe like this for some time.”
“I love the balance, projection, and sweet tone I get out of my Hollis-Rich guitar. There is a robust sound, yet it maintains the ability to get a wide range of colors, making it suitable for many performing situations.”