Barbarossa Guitars

Fine Hand-made Guitars

 

 

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My acoustic guitars are all handmade from the finest solid woods.

I build steel string guitars, with an emphasis on fingerstyle playing, and classical guitars.
I would love to build you a custom designed guitar, I have many sizes and
combination of woods.  I will work with you to refine the design of your special instrument.

 

 


Me, enjoying a B00 on the shores of Lake Superior

 I have a passion for building (and playing!) guitars that look, feel, play, and sound great.
If you check my testimonials page, I think you'll find that my customers agree that I achieve those goals.

You can also listen to my guitars at the sound clips page.

 Having a custom guitar built for you is probably one of your dreams.  I can make that dream come true.

 

29-Oct-2016:  I have recently moved website hosts.  I think all issues are resolved.

If you have trouble with this website, please contact me at:

  jwblilie at comcast dot net   or   jwblilie  at  barbarossa-guitars  dot  com

 


Please check HERE for my Specials Page,
where I display complete instruments that are ready to ship
(after a final check of the setup).



Please click here for pricing and here for an explanation of how buying a custom guitar works.

Please click here for a gallery of my guitars and data on their sizes, here for wood choices, and here to contact me.

Each size/style of guitar can be viewed here:
Size 1  |  B0  |  B00  |  B000 / OM  |  GA  |  Dreadnought  |  Resonators



Hear what they sound like (click on this link)

 


My Published Articles:


     

 

My article, The Guitar As a Structure, was published in January 2009 in American Lutherie #100,

the journal of the Guild of American Luthiers.

You can read it here (their published version has better graphics!)

 

My article, Wood Stiffness: An Analysis of a Substantial Sample of Woods of Interest to Guitar Makers,  

written with fellow luthier Alan Carruth, was published in March 2016 in American Lutherie #125,

the journal of the Guild of American Luthiers.

You can read it here (their published version has better graphics!)

 

My article, Proposed Standard Glue Strength Testing Method, was published in June 2016 in American Lutherie #126,

the journal of the Guild of American Luthiers.

You can read it here (their published version has better graphics!)

 

 

 

 

Guitar Construction Information (how I build guitars):

 

If you want to see some of how I build guitars, please click on one of these links:

Steel String Guitar Construction

Classical Guitar Construction

Guitar Set-up

 

Weissenborn-style lap steel

 

These may also be of interest:

Violin construction
Major Modifications

Building a Les Paul kit

 

     

 

 

I am a GAL Member:

I accept PayPal

 

 


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© 2015, James W. Blilie, Barbarossa Guitars                        5997 Turtle Lake Road, Shoreview, MN 55126                        This page was last updated:  29-Oct-2016