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.

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

the journal of the Guild of American Luthiers.

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



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





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© 2015, James W. Blilie, Barbarossa Guitars                        5997 Turtle Lake Road, Shoreview, MN 55126                        This page was last updated:  19-Sep-2015