Planning Your Instrument

Thinking through what makes your guitar Your guitar.


At Zamar Instruments my goal is to provide you with an instrument that you will treasure and value for decades. I strive to do everything within my ability to ensure that I meet your exact specifications and requirements and will work closely with you to ensure a custom product.

The base price for any guitar is $2,250. This includes:

Honduran Mahogany or Indian Rosewood back and sides

Sitka Spruce or Western Red Cedar tops

Up to 5 hours of complimentary inlay time

Wood Rosette with black/white trim

Ebony bridge

Double-action Truss Rod

Bone Nut and Saddle

Gotoh Tuners

Hardshell case

For additional materials or customization please inquire for the price.

Thinking through Your Guitar

When deciding on a custom guitar there are several details to consider.

The Wood: The more exotic or scarce the wood, the higher the price. Different species will produce different tones depending on their relative densities. I recommend Mahogany or Indian Rosewood as affordable options that produce clear tones with rich ranges. For the top of your guitar the standard options are spruce and cedar. I typically work with Sitka Spruce but am willing to work with any wood you desire, including making the top out of the same material as the back and sides. Additionally, if you have a log or board with a sentimental attachment, I may be able to work with that wood to create a truly unique piece for you.

The Body Style: Determining the body style of your guitar is based upon your body size and playing habits. If you prefer a smaller style I recommend the OM model, while the Dreadnaught is a more common, but larger body style in the guitar industry. If you prefer to play with medium gauge strings a Dreadnaught is often the better choice, as its larger body can better hold the extra tension.

The Inlay: I can inlay almost any image you can visualize, whether it be in the headstock (the top of the guitar by the strings) or along the fingerboard. Material prices vary depending on available quantities and sizes. Standard colors are white, gold, and green mother-of-pearl, with other options available for an additional fee.

The Rosette: The Rosette is the decorative ring around the sound hole. There are a multitude of options available, many of which are fairly easy to inlay. Inlay of the rosette is complimentary but there may be a charge depending on the materials used in the rosette and difficulty in making it.

The Finish: Heritage Guitars come with a high gloss, urethane finish. A sunburst finish is available for an additional $200.