THE MAKING OF A DELUIS GUITAR
First of all, Thank you for choosing a small business over a corporation, for choosing a Luthier over an assembly line and for recognizing the distinction that comes with owning a Handcrafted instrument. And most of all, Thank you for valuing all the blood, sweat and tears it takes to dedicate my life to building these guitars. I appreciate you.
All custom guitars start with a conversation. I want to thoroughly know your needs and wants as a player. Through these interactions, the guitar is designed unique to you. DeLuis Guitars is a one man shop. I personally perform all the work involved in rendering your wood, hand carving tops, hand carving necks, applying finishing processes. I also do all the inlay work by hand. I make a big deal out of this because it is extremely rare. I am proud of the work I do by hand and have full disclosure of that. Most companies (even small brands) don't disclose whether or not their necks or inlay were cut by a machine and I think it personally makes all the difference in the world. I emulate old school craftsmanship in my shop which costs much more of my time and resources per guitar, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I make heirloom quality instruments and inlay and that it the cornerstone of my business. That being said, the sky is the limit. I work with no limitations in terms of design. My existing models are a result of years and years of being a Luthier and musician and understanding what I would like as a player. Each model has something unique to offer you as a player and collector. However, if you have an idea that you would love to see come to fruition then please know I am open to materializing your vision. It's what I do. It's what I love. Nothing is better than making people their dream guitar.
Once we decide on all the final details from there we can fix on a quote, specs and timeline and upon approval of the first payment, the building process will begin. Payment is broken up in 3 parts for your convienence. One third is collected at approval and to secure your spot and order materials. The second third is collected at the commencement of construction. The final third, plus shipping costs, will be required upon completion.
Even though DeLuis Guitars is a brand, I'm just a person. You'll always be talking to me directly. One of the best parts of this job is building these lasting relationship with fellow musicians and artists, along with their guitars. Thank you for checking out my work and I hope to work with you!
“Magic is what we do, Music is how we do it” -Jerry Garcia