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Custom made guitars and bass guitars by Harrill Guitars.
Guitars & Basses By Harrill Guitars
YOU AND ME and some lumps of old tree!

My build process starts with as much communication and fact finding as is possible. I want to know you! Not only as a player, but about what makes you tick, what motivates you.

You will probably have a few things in mind and within reason most things are possible.

You can go for something traditional, say a Strat with an ash body and a maple neck, and we'll have a pretty good idea of what she's going to sound like.

Or we can explore the envelope - "wood soup" - mixing exotic woods for their inherent tonal qualities, electronics for their versatility, and build style options; through neck, bolt on, set neck, etc for aesthetics and strength.

Essentially, a guitar is a collection of wood and metal, mathematically joined together to become a tool for an artist to express themselves.

And as you know, it's possible to purchase such a tool these days for a relatively modest sum of money, and they are, in the main, perfectly good. So why commission a custom guitar?

Kudos? Style? Individuality? Vanity? Maybe...

 
Buck Eye by Harrill Guitars.
Buck Eye By Harrill Guitars
Technical Specifications:
• Walnut body and neck.
• Flamed maple skunk stripe.
• Book matched stabilized buckeye burl top.
• Buckeye fret markers, control cavity and pickup surrounds.
• Locking tuners.
• Dragonfire Quadbucker bridge pickup.
• Dragonfire mini humbucker neck pickup.
• 12" fretboard radius.
• Vintage fret wire.
Buck Eye by Harrill Guitars. Buck Eye by Harrill Guitars. Buck Eye by Harrill Guitars. Buck Eye by Harrill Guitars.
 
 
Tiger by Harrill Guitars.
Tiger By Harrill Guitars
Technical Specifications:
• Multi-scale rosewood fretboard.
• Flamed maple neck.
• Vintage fret wire.
• Set neck.
• Sepele body.
• Book matched tiger flamed maple top and back.
• Dragonfire humbucker pickups.
• Custom maple pickup surrounds.
• Hand-tinted 'tiger burst' and blue tinted neck.
Tiger by Harrill Guitars. Tiger by Harrill Guitars. Tiger by Harrill Guitars. Tiger by Harrill Guitars. Tiger by Harrill Guitars. Tiger by Harrill Guitars.
 
 
Choices - Custom Made Guitars & Basses By Harrill Guitars
Custom made guitars and basses by Harrill Guitars.
YOU CAN GO to a major brand Custom shop and specify what you want; ebony fretboard, LED fret markers, choice of woods, fingerboard radius, neck profile, etc, but unless you're famous or properly loaded, that is often not an option for most!

What I offer is the reassurance of having exactly what you want, how you want it.

The benefit of an independent artisan guitar builder is virtually unique; you have the opportunity to physically choose the wood for your guitar, test fit the neck profile before finish to fine tune it to you; actively be involved in the design of the body shape or headstock or add personal touches such as signature decals and paint colours or finishes.

Communication is key. You will receive constant build photo updates, and you can call or visit the workshop when you like to discuss ongoing progress or amendments, though 3am calls may meet with less creative dialogue!

It's your guitar, your spirit and ideas translated into physical form by a passionate, highly-skilled, experienced craftsman, and it's a one-off!

Anyway, enough of me prattling on! If you are interested in knowing more about your custom guitar or the luthier services I offer, feel free to drop me a line or give me a call on 07985 161999.
 
Purple Rain by Harrill Guitars.
Purple Rain By Harrill Guitars
Technical Specifications:
• Sapele body with ebony and cedar of Lebanon veneers.
• Walnut and flamed maple neck.
• Ebony fretboard.
• Book matched flamed maple top.
• Hand tinted 'purple burst' finish.
• Dragonfire pickups.
• Locking tuners.
• Set neck.
Purple Rain by Harrill Guitars. Purple Rain by Harrill Guitars. Purple Rain by Harrill Guitars. James Mullally playing the Purple Rain by Harrill Guitars. Purple Rain by Harrill Guitars.
 
 
Chestnut Strat by Harrill Guitars.
Chestnut Strat By Harrill Guitars
Technical Specifications:
• Book-matched figured sweet chestnut top.
• Flamed cherry one piece body.
• Birdseye maple neck.
• Custom wound pickups.
• Polished 'clear honey' finish.
• Gold hardware.
• Vintage fret wire.
• Set neck.
Chestnut Strat by Harrill Guitars. Chestnut Strat by Harrill Guitars. Chestnut Strat by Harrill Guitars. Roy Harrill playing the Chestnut Strat by Harrill Guitars. Chestnut Strat by Harrill Guitars.
 
 
Dragon Burst Telecaster by Harrill Guitars.
Dragon Burst Telecaster By Harrill Guitars
Technical Specifications:
• Swamp ash body.
• Flamed maple neck.
• Cocobolo fretboard with custom pearl dot marker inlays.
• Cocobolo headstock veneer.
• Spalted maple hand tinted 'dragon burst' top.
• Gotoh telecaster bridge.
• Chambered body.
• Locking tuners.
• Set neck.
Dragon Burst Telecaster by Harrill Guitars. Dragon Burst Telecaster by Harrill Guitars. Dragon Burst Telecaster by Harrill Guitars. Jason Allen playing the Dragon Burst Telecaster by Harrill Guitars.
 
 
Gold Stratocaster by Harrill Guitars.
Gold Stratocaster By Harrill Guitars
Technical Specifications:
• Swamp ash body.
• Zebrano neck with birdseye maple skunk stripe.
• Ebody fingerboard.
• Vintage frets.
• 12" fretboard radius.
• Dragonfire single coil pickups.
• Locking tuners.
Gold Stratocaster by Harrill Guitars. Gold Stratocaster with original white scratch plate by Harrill Guitars. Gold Stratocaster by Harrill Guitars. Gold Stratocaster with original white scratch plate by Harrill Guitars. Gold Stratocaster by Harrill Guitars.
 
 
Brian Jenkins Bass Guitar by Harrill Guitars.
Brian Jenkins Bass Guitar By Harrill Guitars
Technical Specifications:
• Zebrano and flamed maple through neck.
• Maple body.
• Book matched walnut top and headstock veneer.
• Seymour Duncan soap bar pickups (bass).
• Dragonfire humbucker pickups (guitar).
• Ebony fretboard.
• Customer signature headstock decal.
• Part of a set with a matching six-string guitar.
Brian Jenkins Bass Guitar by Harrill Guitars. Brian Jenkins Bass Guitar by Harrill Guitars. Brian Jenkins Bass Guitar by Harrill Guitars. Brian Jenkins Bass Guitar by Harrill Guitars.
 
 
Bob Crow Strat by Harrill Guitars.
Bob Crow Strat By Harrill Guitars
Technical Specifications:
• Flamed maple neck.
• Zebrano fretboard.
• Vintage frets.
• Aluminium dot markers.
• Flamed ash body.
• Maple, bubinga and cherry striping.
• PRS single coil mid pickup.
• PRS humbucker bridge and neck pickups.
Bob Crow Strat by Harrill Guitars. Bob Crow playing his Bob Crow Strat by Harrill Guitars.
 
 
Guitar Repair, Restoration And Tech Service By Harrill Guitars
Repair, restoration and tech service by Harrill Guitars.
THEREíS LIFE IN the old dog yet!

I love creating beautiful musical instruments, but sometimes a mercy mission is just as important! I also offer a guitar doctor service.

Do you own a Les Paul with a (horribly common) snapped scarf joint? No problem! Buzzing fretboards on your vintage Strat? Sorted!

Old frets with grooves like a cheese grater? Done! Nasty old electronics with all the subtlety of a chest clinic? Cured! Full repair, restoration and tech services are available.

Please feel free to email me or call 07985 161999 to discuss your guitar repair needs.
 
The Dragon Burst Strat by Harrill Guitars. Rippled ash body with a flamed maple top (ebony and mahogany centre stripes) with an inverted flamed maple neck, rosewood fingerboard and custom-wound humbucker pickups. Simon Gosling playing the Denim Burst by Harrill Guitars.
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