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Customize Your Own Guitar or Ukulele

Randall Bramblett and his custom Lichty Guitar

Jay specializes in crafting custom acoustic guitars and ukuleles and that process begins with you and he designing your dream guitar or uke together. You’ll have an opportunity to select the specific set of tonewood from over 25 species of woods that Jay builds with, to pair the perfect soundboard with that, to choose inlay materials, bindings and to select from many custom features like side sound ports, beveled armrests and more. You become an integral part of your instrument by contributing to the design process.

The end result is your heirloom quality instrument that has the tone, the look and the feel that resonates with you perfectly in every possible way. Really, for a musician is there anything better?


What can I say but that my custom Lichty ukulele is amazing!  It has the most wonderful intonation imaginable!  The Koa is absolutely beautiful!  Of course, your craftsmanship is again superior!  As always, it was a joy to work with you. – Loretta Lewandowski, Lichty granadillo ukulele and koa parlor guitar owner

We invite you to read what many more happy Lichty customers have to share about their custom guitar or ukulele

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Let’s Get Started! Design Your Dream Guitar or Ukulele:

We invite you to contact Jay at any time to discuss your ideal instrument and to explore all the options.

To get your wheels turning just follow these simple Design Your Dream Guitar or Ukulele steps:

1) Decide on the body style/size instrument you’d like. You can compare models and hear audio samples here.

2) View recent projects at our Custom Acoustic Guitar Examples or our Custom Ukulele Examples pages to get an idea of design elements

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.

4)  Determine an approximate price based on the options you have selected by using our Custom Guitar and Ukulele Price Calculator

custom guitar price generator

5)  Get in touch!

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 a booking deposit of $500 to hold your place in our shop schedule. As Jay is preparing to build your instrument he will be in touch and request a total of 1/3 of the instrument’s total cost (minus the $500 deposit) . Balance is due upon completion of the instrument. All prices are indicated in US dollars. Our typical delivery time is 6-12 months given how many folks are saying Yes! to custom Lichty instruments. (If you are in need of sooner delivery feel free to discuss that with Jay and he will see what he can do about squeezing you into the build schedule.)

Base Price for a Custom Acoustic Guitar: $4200 + shipping & taxes


Customize your own guitar

Features include:

  • Your choice of the following body styles: Dreadnought, OM, Parlor, Dream, Crossover or Small Jumbo
  • Your choice of tonewood for a base-priced guitar includes: Honduran or African Mahogany, Sapele, Indian Rosewood, and others. See the Price Calculator to determine exact pricing and all options
  • Your choice of Engelmann or Sitka Spruce soundboard
  • Wood Binding: your choice from a variety of options
  • Herringbone or wooden rosette (your choice from a variety of options)
  • Ebony or Indian Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Grover Sta Tite or Gotoh 510 tuners
  • Camel bone nut and saddle
  • Choice of nut width and neck size
  • Mother of Pearl dot fretboard markers
  • Hardshell case (Click here for case options)


Base Price for a Custom Ukulele $2,950 + shipping & taxes


Customize Your Own Ukulele, myrtle wood baritone

Features include:

  • Your choice of a concert, high-g tenor, low-g tenor 0r baritone ukulele. Long neck tenors include a Crossrock case and therefore the base price starts at $3,100
  • Your choice of tonewood for a base-priced ukulele include: Indian Rosewood, Beech, Walnut, Maple, Bubinga,  and more. (See the Price Calculator to determine exact pricing and to see all options)
  • Englemann soundboard
  • Wood Binding: your choice from a variety of options
  • Mother of Pearl, Paua Abalone or wood rosette (your choice from a variety of options)
  • Ebony fretboard and bridge
  • Side Soundport
  • Grover Sta Tite or Gotoh tuners
  • Camel bone nut and saddle
  • Mother of Pearl dot fretboard markers
  • Hardshell case (Click here for case options)


Payment Options, Shipping and Warranty Info

Payments: Payments made be made via check, bank transfer or via credit card. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and PayPal

Shipping: Upon completion of the instrument and receipt of the balance, your instrument will be shipped. Prices do not include insurance, taxes or shipping. Please keep in mind, international shipments are subject to customs fees.

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 instrument.

*Certain restrictions may apply to highly customized special orders.