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Designing Your Guitar

Magnus Custom Guitars are individually built by a single luthier and tailored to your preferences. Feel free to contact me with special requests.


  • Select from a variety of gorgeous native and exotic hardwoods for the back and sides combined with native tone woods for the top.
  • Dreadnaught or OOO body size
  • Standard or cutaway body with rounded edge and tapered body width for arm comfort
  • 14 or 12 frets clear of the body. 14 frets clear provides more fretboard access before the edge of the body. 12 frets clear places the saddle near the middle of the lower bout, the widest part of the body, for best resonance
  • Abalone inlay rosette, neck position markers and side dots
  • Bone saddle and nut
  • Bolt-on neck
  • Top-quality two-way truss rod
  • Sperzel or Schaller tuners
  • Hand-rubbed shellac finish
  • L.R. Baggs iBeam active pickup

Tradition and Innovation

My goal is to combine respect for tradition with innovations for today's players. I try to preserve the best traditional methods and incorporate innovative techniques. I build instruments with a golden age sound and modern playability. For sides and backs, I encourage the use of native harwoods such as Myrtle, Walnut, and Maple, combined with top quality domestic tone woods such as Spruce, Cedar and Redwood. I encourage the use of exotic hardwoods that are sustainably harvested as certified by the Forrestry Stewardship Council (FSC). Cocobolo and Indian Rosewood, reasonably priced stunning alternatives to protected species like Brazilian Rosewood, with many of the same beautiful tonal qualities.


Neck OOO Dreadnaught
Scale 24.9 inches 25.4 inches
Width at nut 1.75 inches 1.75 inches


Body OOO Dreadnaught
Lower bout    
Upper bout    



$3,500.00 for the standard model with native hardwoods and tonewoods. Options can be quoted separately, such as the use of select exotic hardwoods including Cocobolo Rosewood and Koa.







phone: (310) 318-9100

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