Handcrafted Acoustic Guitars

Eminently playable

  • Clean, crisp lines
  • Pleasing curves and planes
  • Proper ratios and proportions
  • Correct weight and balance
  • Sonic and aural brilliance
  • Aesthetic beauty

Luthier

Christopher Cozad

Tonewoods

Woods used in guitar making

Workshop

How they’re built

“I want to hear a sumptuous acoustic guitar tone, one that floods the senses, inspires new music and makes the instrument difficult to put down.

I want to hold an amazingly comfortable guitar that is responsive to my touch yet supplies anything that is requested of it.

I want to create fond memories with my guitar.

That is the kind of instrument I build.”

Christopher Cozad - luthier

Handcrafted vs Factory

So, what’s the difference?

I have owned many handcrafted and factory-built guitars...I began playing guitar as a child, started repairing and building as a teenager, have apprenticed with master luthiers and now, nearly 40 years after beginning, I have convinced myself I am qualified to offer an informed opinion on this topic, replete with generalities, stereotypes and a mixed metaphor or two...

Wood is wood

...until it is more!

The right pieces of wood, worked the right way by the right person can become more than simply the sum of the parts. The wood seems to open up, blossoming and blooming, revealing itself in a most intimate interaction between man and nature. The end result of good design and expertise reveals an unprecedented physical, visual and auditory experience that can leave one at a loss for words...

From the Archives

Kent Carlos Everett
May 2013

A Week with Kent Carlos Everett

Spending a week with master luthier Kent Carlos Everett has been a life altering event, and taken my guitar building to a whole new level. I am convinced it would be impossible for the most callous and jaded luthier to walk away from a time such as this un-changed...

George Gruhn
Apr 2013

A Guild and George Gruhn

A great bunch of folks from the Let’s Talk Guild forum had gathered in Nashville, Tennessee in April 2013 for a chance to see and play some great guitars, swap stories and build camaraderie. As a result of that event, and a phone call placed by a dear lady from Texas, Ms. Toni Hynds requesting a special tour, I was privileged to spend a Saturday with George Gruhn...

John Greven
Dec 2012

A Saturday with John Greven

The days right after Christmas provide for a particular time of reflection. The somber realization that another year is winding to a permanent close is replaced by the anticipation for the celebration of the new year about to begin. It was during this special time in 2012 that I was able to spend a Saturday with master luthier John Greven...

Spotlight

James May Ultra Tonic Pickup
Dec 2017

The Ultra Tonic Pickup

I recently received my first shipment of Ultra Tonic pickups from James May Engineering. James is also a partner in Audio Sprockets, creators of the ToneDexter (see my article on Pickups and Gamechanging Technology). The Ultra Tonic for steel string guitars is a passive, brideplate-mounted, 5-transducer pickup with on-board feedback suppression. A nylon string version is also available...In this article I install the pickup into my 1976 Guild F-512...