“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard


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LMI's premium "you choose" shopping process ~

For those premium woods which are best selected for their unique figure rather than the characteristics which determine their grade, we now offer select-a-set – a photograph of a particular back and side set for purchase (also available on various select top woods).

PLEASE NOTE: Because these sets are one-of-a-kind, they cannot be reserved. Also, the back and side components of a set cannot be sold individually nor can they be interchanged with the components of another set. Once a set is purchased, it will disappear from the page. If a set was already put in another persons cart, they will not be able to check out until they remove it.

BSAfricanBlackwoodClassicalIndividualSet001African Blackwood
backs & sides
BSBlackHeartedSassafrasClassicalWBHSC003Black Hearted Sassafras
backs & sides
backs & sides
BSBubingaGENERIC600Figured Bubinga
backs & sides
backs & sides
backs & sides
Fig. Honduran Mahogany
backs & sides
Macassar Ebony
backs & sides
Madagascar Rosewood
backs & sides
Malaysian Blackwood
backs & sides
Oregon Myrtle
backs & sides
Palo Escrito
backs & sides 
Panama Rosewood
backs & sides
South Pacific Raintree 
backs & sides 
West African Ebony
backs & sides 
backs & sides