Frequently asked:

  • What size truss rod wrench do you use? —- A 4mm allen wrench that curves around the transverse brace is best. Stewmac part # 6212

  • Do you ever make guitars without distress? -—Our “Level 1” has no added play wear or handling marks. The finish is ultra thin and checked to look and sound like a new-old guitar, but there is NO distress at this level.

  • Can I get a T-bar neck? -- We had a lot of back and forth about this.  We have made with and without and there is no discernible difference in the overall sound or weight of our guitars. All of our guitars come with an adjustable truss rod. It is minimally invasive, lightweight,  and hidden behind the transverse brace and not visible without a mirror. A person could almost pretend it wasn’t there at all until needed… : ) …

    More detail... The t bar will not measurably change the sound of your guitar. It will make it profoundly more difficult and sometimes impossible to adjust the playability of your guitar. I can only speak from my own experience. I've personally built about 270 guitars, and I have spent 20 years also making a living running a high volume repair shop. John Grevin says “The t-bar is a relic to be noted and discarded. It is not a tonal factor in and of itself,” and we agree with this entirely. The truss rods we use are very discreet and do not change the guitar in anyway, compared to a t-bar built one, other than to make it profoundly better and much more user friendly. There is 100% chance that you will regret not having a truss rod someday if you go with a T-bar.

  • Can I choose my woods? — To be totally honest, we have had some mixed results with allowing folks to choose wood. Choosing tonewood from pictures sent over the internet is not possible, and we are finding that the result is often a lesser instrument. We select all of our woods for the best tap tone, grain count, runout, and overall quality, in a way that takes in all of the variables to make the best possible end result. It is a bit a of a challenge, and we feel like part of the sound comes from how we piece it all together. If there are specific qualities that you are looking for in your wood selection, let us know and we will try to accommodate! If you would like to choose your sets from pictures, we can give you a few choices and you can decide, but this is honestly not the best way to make a guitar.

  • Pricing? --Current pricing.

  • What is Torrefied wood?  --Click the link to find out.

  • What type of neck joint do these have?  --All Pre-War Guitars CO. instruments have a traditional hide glue dovetail neck joint.

  • What type of finish do you use? --Aged ultra thin Nitrocellulose Lacquer.

  • How do you age the tone of these guitars?  ---With Science! These guitars are built just like they were, lightweight, with dovetail necks and hide glue.

  • What neck shape do these have? --D and HD have a standard 1937 "C" at nut to "V" at the heel. Model J has a very soft "V". Note: These are hand carved necks, made like they did in the 30's, no two will be -exactly- the same...

  • Can I order a custom neck shape? -- Yes!

  • What type of case do you get?  -- Harptone Case included. Calton cases available by special order.

  • Distress Level.  What is this?... Link to answers.