Lichty Guitars and Ukuleles are handcrafted by Jay in a one-man shop. Production is therefore limited to approximately 20-25 per year. While we typically have a selection of handmade acoustic guitars and ukuleles available for immediate sale, the majority of sales are built to order instruments. Given custom instruments are Jay’s specialty, he works closely with each patron in the design. On this page we’ve provided simple steps to follow to customize your own guitar or ukulele … well, at least to get you started!
The current delivery time is approximately 3-6 months. (Note: If your project is time-sensitive touch base and we’ll see if we can work it in sooner)
Contact Jay to discuss your ideal instrument and to explore all the options.
Follow our simple Design Your Dream Guitar or Ukulele steps that follow.
If you’d like to give the gift of a Lichty to a loved-one you can learn more about our gift certificate program by clicking here.
1) Decide on the body style/size instrument you’d like. You can compare models and hear audio samples here.
3) Visit the Guitar Tonewood Gallery of Ukulele Tonewood Gallery to narrow down your choices or to select the specific set of wood for your back and sides. Too, we invite you to read our post, Best Guitar Tonewood / Best Ukulele Tonewood ?
4) Determine an approximate price based on the options you have selected by using our Custom Guitar and Ukulele Price Calculator
Once you and Jay have finalized all the details you will receive a confirmation form and projected completion time. Sign and return this form with the booking deposit of 1/3 of the instrument’s total cost and your instrument will be placed in our production schedule. Balance is due upon completion. All prices are indicated in US dollars.
As a custom guitar builder/ukulele builder Jay loves the challenge of blending the customer’s ideas with his own style and expertise. As an example, he currently works with a wide variety of beautiful and exotic tone woods. See the Guitar Tonewood Gallery or Ukulele Tonewood Gallery section on this website for a sample of what is currently available. Other custom appointments include binding, tuners, pick-guard, inlay, etc.
Payments made be made via check, bank transfer or via credit card. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and PayPal
Shipment and Warranty
Shipping: Upon completion of the instrument and receipt of the balance, your instrument will be shipped. Prices do not include insurance, taxes or shipping.
Warranty: The full cost* (minus shipping charges) is refundable within a 5-day approval period if you are dissatisfied with your instrument for any reason. Jay provides a limited lifetime warranty to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship. The warranty does not provide coverage for normal fret/fingerboard wear, or damage to the finish or other as a result of improper climate control or other improper care. Warranty cards are provided with each guitar.
*Certain restrictions may apply to highly customized special orders.