Custom Guitars

My history

I have been building custom guitars for more than 20 years. Initially I made acoustic guitars but for a number of years now I have dedicated much of my time to making custom electric guitars. When I started making electric guitars I was keen not to make high-end copies of other well known guitars. I wanted to make guitars that look distinctly different, use tonewoods that are not commonly used by the big manufacturers and sound a little different, with their own voice.

My mission

My mission is to make custom guitars that look stunning, sound great, have their own distinctive voice, are really well set up and bring great pleasure to the owner of the guitar. If you look around this website you will see that I love using exotic hardwoods for body facings, such as; bubinga, paduak, macassar ebony, bocote and walnut. Once lacquered these tonewoods look quite stunning.

But my own concern about deforestation and use of tropical hardwoods have, in recent years, caused me to rethink the woods I use when building custom guitars. So, increasingly I am using non-tropical hardwoods to build guitars.

But whatever the custom guitar is made of, ultimately it must play well and be a serious gigging guitar. So the attention to detail when constructing the guitar, the balance of the guitar, the choice of pickups and the setup are ultimately more important than how the guitar looks. But even better to have a guitar that plays really well but is also a thing of beauty!

Why commission a custom guitar?

Maybe you have owned a number of guitars and are looking for something a bit different. Or maybe you know just what you are looking for in a guitar and can’t get this from the big manufacturers. If so, this is where the custom guitar maker comes into their own.

Choice, quality and uniqueness 

Whether it is a choice of tonewoods, neck width and thickness, scale length, pickup selection and switching options, I can make a custom guitar that is tailored to your specific requirements. So at the heart of each Flame Guitar is a conversation that has taken place between customer and maker and led to the creation of a unique and very personal guitar.

Please contact me should you wish to discuss the commissioning of a Flame custom guitar.