“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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African Blackwood Black Hearted Sassafras Ziricote Flamed Figure
Spanish Cedar drop tops
Malaysian Blackwood

Introducing LMI's new premium 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). Currently Select-A-Set is available for: 

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.








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