We don't just make guitars, we craft fine instruments with the goal of achieving superior tonal quality matched only by it's visual beauty.
We believe there are three key elements that go into making an exceptional instrument:
We hand select all of the materials that go into our instruments. Finding beautiful wood does not necessarily make a great sounding guitar - where was the wood grown?... how was the wood aged?...how was the wood rough cut?...was the wood dried? All of these are important factors when selecting the ideal raw materials to begin a project.
Attention To Detail
Although many instruments look quite similar and may even start out from a similar pattern, each instrument takes on a life of it's own during the build process. As the wood is worked into shape the grain may change or different wood densities may be uncovered. It is up to the craftsman to identify these unique characteristics and work them into the final product. Small adjustments to the fit and finish can make an enormous difference in the final sound - most of these nuances are missed in today's mass-produced or production line environment.
Having spent many years repairing and restoring vintage instruments from the 30's,40's,50's and 60's has allowed us the chance to study these instruments closely to see just what seperates a classic instument from just another old guitar. We have learned that there are many factors involved:
• Types and aging of wood definitely played a large part in some, but not all instruments.
• Materials used in the manufacturing of pickups, hardware and other components were another factor.
• The quality in the execution of how these classic instrument were assembled played another large part.
• And finally, it's the vibe, funkyness and "mojo" that made a lot of these instruments great.
Not all of today’s classics were built with that lofty goal in mind. Many a cheap, department store catalog guitar has turned into a valuable collector’s piece today! Moonshine Custom Guitars takes all of these factors into consideration when designing and building our instruments.