Create the guitar of your dreams
Richard Wilson Guitars Custom Shop
Each year Richard Wilson builds a select number of custom instruments.
For these instruments, he works directly with individual players and collectors to craft the instrument of their dreams.
Customisations range from minor tonewood, hardware or trim substitutions through the completely new shapes and styles of instruments.
Current wait time for a custom instrument is 12-18 months. Currently a small number of slots are available on the build calendar for completion in mid-2024.
Custom inlays and engravings.
Inlays as simple as your initials or a unique symbol or marker through to intricate or ornate images made from pearl, stone, wood or composite materials.
In some instances we can even add a unique inlay or engraving to guitars we currently have in stock. Contact us for more information.
Customise our core range of guitars.
Substitutions & Variations
With our core range of guitars as the starting point, we can vary just about every detail.
The finest modern sealed tuners such as the Gotoh 510 range, impeccably crafted vintage reproductions from Waverley, plus countless other options from the world's leading guitar hardware manufacturers.
Bindings, Rosette & Trim
At any given time we have more than 70 binding and trim combinations to choose from, from solid wood, plastic and celluloid through to ornate rope marquetry. Purflings as simple as solid lines through to herringbone, coral snake and many others.
Sustainably and ethically sourced.
We have access to an ever-growing range of both old and new world tonewoods thanks to partnerships with some of the world's finest tonewood dealers.
Hawaiian Koa, Tasmanian Blackwood, Sitka Spruce, Mahogany, Indian Rosewood, Maple, Western Red Cedar, Bubinga, Ziricote, Pau Ferro, Cocobolo, Walnut and Brazilian Rosewood are just some of the species we have available.
We also stock Australian species such as Queensland Maple, Bunya Pine, Silver Quandong, Maple Silkwood, Silky Oak, Gidgee and many more.
Master Grade & Reserve Grade
We keep a small inventory of Master Grade and Reserve grade tonewoods. These are tonewoods so unique in their visual and tonal characteristics that they are reserved for only our finest instruments.
Our Custom Journey
We seek to make the custom guitar journey as simple as possible. Clear and open communication from the very beginning
1. Share your ideas
Tell us about your dream instrument and we'll be able to provide you with a detailed quote and further guidance.
2. Secure your spot
A deposit is required up front to lock in the specifications, price and to secure your spot on our build calendar.
3. The build
Once the deposit is paid and in accordance with our build calendar work will commence on your instrument.
We'll provide photos and videos of the completed instrument for your perusal and approval prior to payment of the balance.
Start your journey today.
Contact the Custom Shop
To get started, tell us a bit about your custom guitar ideas, requirements or any other information you think might help us get the ball rolling.
Together we will flesh out your ideas and turn them into reality.