Listen to an SRGC parlor guitar!


NEW Guitars Just Built Summer 2013!
Small Jumbos in standard body or cutaway styles - these guitars have a unique, awesome sound!
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Cool guitars we built in the Summer 2012!
J200 Jumbo (sold) / Osage Triple 0 14-fret / Black Walnut Jumbo Cutaway
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Handmade Custom Acoustic Guitars - Simply Rock Solid.

We specialize in handmade steel string acoustic guitars featuring all solid wood construction.   We believe in providing musicians with a great sounding quality instrument within a reasonable price range.

We enjoy guitar making and instill our best effort into providing you with a guitar you will enjoy playing and listening to.   Our guitars have outstanding tonal qualities and project loudly enough in a large room without amplification.

We proudly make guitars for all styles of playing -- from bluegrass and country, to rock, folk and jazz.   If you are looking for a great sounding, artisan-crafted, US made acoustic guitar, you've probably arrived at the right place.

Customer Richard Johnston plays his SRGC parlor guitar (audio only) ↓




25 Years of Guitar Making

I am an independent, private guitar builder with over 25 years of experience in furniture building/luthery. (See our other website Taylor Made Reproductions.)   We believe in building quality instruments that will last a lifetime.   We use only all solid wood construction -- no laminated materials.   Our guitars have exceptional tonal qualities with loud projection.

All guitars are built by me personally and are tap tuned and inspected by me during the construction process.

Our business is located on our family farm where I was born and raised, and built my own home and raised three boys.   I reside on the farm with my wife and four dogs.

Double O Martin-Style

This "double O" Martin-style cutaway guitar was custom-made in December 2012.   This guitar is a twelve fret 24.9 scale, with an Adirondack top and Honduran rosewood back and sides.   It has a nice snowflake inlay and features an ebony fingerboard.   This compact guitar produces a very bold and relaxing sound.

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This "double O" Martin-style guitar was custom-made in April 2011 for a customer in New York and thus it is SOLD.   This guitar is made of red spruce and cherry, has a 14 1/2" lower bout. The cherry and Adirondack red spruce woods give this guitar a "big guitar" sound and a "brilliant voice."   This guitar is a really great "player."

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Dreadnought

All of the dreadnought guitars pictured here have been SOLD.

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The dreadnought guitar follows the D-18, D-28 and D-45 measurement scheme.

The dreadnought guitar is the most popular size due to its volume and tonal characteristics.   These were first introduced back in 1916 by Martin.   Today they are considered the standard guitar of bluegrass music, used to produce the signature sound of that genre.

Measurements are:

  • length 20"
  • upper bout 11 1/2"
  • lower bout 15 5/8"
  • waist 10 7/8"
  • thickness 4 3/4" at the heel, 4 1/4" at the neck

Small Jumbo

The Solid Rock Guitar Company small jumbo is a nice and aesthetically pleasing acoustic guitar in appearence and sound.   Our small jumbo style is comprised of a 15 1/2" lower bout, a 11 5/8" upper bout, body length of 19 15/16", a depth of 4 5/8" and the scale is 25.4.   These beautiful, crisp-sounding guitars can be built as a cutaway or standard body style.

NEW for 2013! →   We just finished this standard body style small jumbo for a customer in St. Louis, MO.   The top is made of Lutz Spruce and the back and sides are Cocobolo Rosewood.   The binding is Curly maple and the headstock was impeccably made by our friends at Custom Pearl.   The knobs are Cocobolo Rosewood on Gotoh 910 tuners.   The articulated sound is accomplished through the small jumbo body detail.   All top bracing used is Red Spruce with back bracing Black Walnut to maintain the deep radius built into my instruments.

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NEW for 2013! →    This cutaway is built of Black Walnut with an Adirondack Spruce top which was built for a customer in New York.   The sound of these guitars is phenomenal - loud as a drednought but with a beautifully well balanced voice, sure to please even the most demanding performer.   This style with the nice rounded back is one of Solid Rock Guitar Company's best sellers, taking the place of the Martin style OOO and OM Series.

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Jumbo

Below you see a J-200 style jumbo "cutaway" guitar.   This guitar was made in the summer of 2012.   The cutaway feature allows for playing easily higher-up the neck.   This guitar is made from black walnut and it has a sitka top.   This guitar has a beautiful, well-rounded sound bringing out the full spectrun of bass, mid and treble.

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This J-200 style jumbo guitar was custom designed and produced for a customer in California.   It features East Indian rosewood back and sides, an Adirondack spruce top and it has a slightly wider neck to accommodate finger picking.

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In 2011 we made a nice Mini Jumbo J45 style guitar for a customer.   It is made from Black Cherry/Adirondack, a beautiful wood for an acoustic!   The mini jumbo size is great for musicians looking for that booming bass in a smaller jumbo-sized package.   This tonewood combination delivers excellent volume and clarity.   It features a 1 3/4" nut width using an ebony fretboard with an ebony pryramid bridge.   The fingerboard is inlayed in a diamond and squares figuration.   We had fun building this guitar so call us and we'll build another one - just for you!

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Check out this maple jumbo! If you are looking for that big acoustic guitar sound, this is your guitar.









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This guitar pictured here is a maple jumbo.   It has exceptional, warm, deep tone brought forth by the European spruce top and the curly maple sides and back.   This wood combination, in our opinion, makes a superlative acoustic guitar.   The best wood combination -- one that produces loud projections with nice clarity -- is a toss-up between maple and rosewood.

The jumbo guitar pictured below has been SOLD.

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The "jumbo" guitar, introduced by Gibson back in 1942, is a slightly larger body than the dreadnought.   Jumbo guitars gained popularity for use in concerts due to their increased volume.   The jumbo guitar pictured here is very similar to the Gibson J-200 series.   We will be glad to build you one more on the order of the SJ Gibson or Martin series with a 16" lower bout if you prefer.

Approximate easurements are:

  • length 20 1/2"
  • upper bout 12 3/8"
  • lower bout 17"
  • waist 10 1/8"
  • thickness 4 3/4" at the heel, 4 1/4" at the neck

Parlor

This parlor guitar was just made in April 2011.   It features white oak back and sides, red spruce top, abalone headstock inlay and rosette, MOP diamond fret markers.   This guitar has a crisp sound, very similar to a mahogany guitar.   This guitar is for sale for $1300.

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Listen to this parlor-style guitar. It has a sweet, tight tone. Luthier Tommy Taylor, the maker of this fine instrument, describes it and plays it -- acoustically and amplified.

Listen ↓


This parlor guitar was made in April 2010.

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The parlor guitar pictured below has been SOLD.

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Smaller bodied, but sweet sounding, perfect for finger-picking and playing in small groups or jams.   These guitars utilize a 12 fret slotted neck with a wider fingerboard/neck width, usually 1 13/16" at the nut with a 2 1/4" bridge spacing.   The measurements are similar to a Martin O style guitar.

Measurements are:

  • length 18 1/4"
  • upper bout 9 1/8"
  • lower bout 12 1/4"
  • waist 7 1/8"
  • thickness 4" at the heel, 3 3/8" at the neck

Don't be fooled by the smaller size -- with the right wood selection these sound almost as loud as a dreadnought.

"OOO" (Triple O) 12 Fret

"OOO" (Triple O) 14 Fret

We have started to produce 14-fret triple O guitars and below you can see some of the instruments we have made so far!   The first guitar is made from osage and has an Engleman spruce top.   It has a nice blonde patina to it.

Osage is a very dense wood, in fact it is the densest wood grown in North America.   Osage is a magnificent tone-wood and has excellent projection.   Osage wood is often compared to Brazilian and Honduran rosewoods.

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Pictured below is a 14-fret triple O qulited maple guitar.   It features a Carpathian spruce top,   This is a beautiful guitar and is a great player too!

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Our Workshop

We have expanded our workspace!

We recently expanded our workshop to improve quality control by enabling us to maintain a 40-50% RH and a 65-75 degree temperature range.   This helps us produce guitars to a tighter quality standard.   Our goal is to always place the customer as #1 and we feel the shop expansion will help us make better sounding instruments.

Check out the pictures below!

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The Process of Building an Acoustic Guitar

Prices and Ordering

Please call us 757-894-2210 for pricing and wood types -- prices start for a basic dreadnought with mahogany back/sides and AAAA grade sitka spruce top at $1,500.00.   A typical payment schedule would be:   20% of the final price would be due upon ordering, an additional 30% of the final price would be due at the start of the guitar construction and then the balance of the final price would be due before shipment/delivery/pickup of the completed guitar.

Returns on standard inventory guitars such as parlor, dreadnaught and jumbo styles

After the guitar is shipped, purchasers have 10 days to play and listen and generally "feel" the guitar and if they are not satisfied, the guitar can be returned.   Solid Rock Guitar Company's policy is to refund 70% of the purchase price after we inspect the guitar for damages, abuse, etc.

Returns on unique, one-of-a-kind guitars that cannot be easily placed back into our inventory for resale

After the guitar is shipped, purchasers have 10 days to play and listen and generally "feel" the guitar and if they are not satisfied, the guitar can be returned.   However, due to to highly unique nature of the guitar, we reserve the right to refund only 25% of the purchase price after we inspect the guitar for damages, abuse, etc.

Please call us 757-894-2210 if you have any questions regarding our return policy.

We hope that you enjoy your Solid Rock guitar and we look forward to having you as a customer.

Info

We are located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia USA.

(757)894-2210

Email us → solidrockguitarco@yahoo.com

We welcome custom orders!   Call us with any questions at all, we are more than happy discuss any of your guitar questions and needs.

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A Nice Martin Double OO Style Cutaway - Dec. 24, 2012

Country blues musician Richard Johnston plays "Move Away Slowly" on his Solid Rock Guitar Company parlor guitar!

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Karen Martz loves Solid Rock Guitar Company guitars!

Virginia's Second Chance play Solid Rock Guitar Company guitars!

Solid Rock Guitar Company Owner Tommy Taylor Demonstrates His Guitars

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