Handmade Guitars serving Longview, Vancouver, and Portland.

J. LARSON

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Fine Handcrafted Guitars

My name is John Larson and I build fine handcrafted guitars in Kalama, Washington. I have been a cabinetmaker for over 35 years, and a self-taught guitar player since the age of 17.

About twenty years ago, I found myself dreaming of a new guitar that I couldn't afford. So I decided to build my own. Having been a woodworker since the 8th grade, I figured I had the transferable skills necessary. The process was challenging, and somewhat unfamiliar, but the guitar was enjoyable to play and produced a great sound.

In 2014, I got the bug to build another guitar, and have been building steadily ever since. I have fallen in love with the process of designing and creating a piece of craftsmanship that inspires others to create great music. As a musician, I appreciate the value of a guitar that produces a sound that makes me want to keep playing, responds well to my specific touch, and is too attractive to leave on the wall or in the case. Therefore, that is what I produce in my guitars: a finely crafted instrument, that sounds great, plays easily, and looks desirable. And for professionals to have a capable tool for creating the music they want to create, and for non-professionals to be inspired to play.

Handmade Guitars serving Longview, Vancouver, and Portland.

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testimonials

"I wanted to create the perfect wedding gift for my soon-to-be husband, who is a guitar player, and John made it so fun and easy! We worked together to create a sentimental instrument that not only looked beautiful, but that sounded incredible. John allowed for me to be very much a part of the process, picking details that I knew my husband would like, and creating a truly one-of-a-kind shape that suited my husbands style. John also provided professional suggestions and education on types of wood and what he thought would make the best instrument. John was such a fun guy to work with and I will definitely work with him again when my son gets old enough for his own guitar!"

 

Ani S. - Portland, OR, USA

"I play guitar regularly at a local church and sometimes playing guitar becomes mechanical / routine. After buying a J. Larson, I once again find myself playing my guitar in my free time purely for pleasure.

The beautiful design and excellent craftsmanship with which each guitar is hand built, is not to be overlooked. The result is an excellent guitar that will far surpass my ability to play it to its limit for a very long time."

 

Paul F. - Portland, OR, USA

"Nicest guitar I've ever owned!"

 

Tim S. - Portland, OR, USA

"My wife purchased this guitar as a birthday gift for me in 2014. John personally delivered the guitar the morning of my birthday. The guitar is beautiful and the build quality is super. fretboard nut width is 1 11/16" which I find useful and it has impeccable fret work. I find that the guitar has a bright sound that is getting better the more I play it. Overall, I have to say I love this guitar!

I have had the guitar serviced by John twice to tune things up, adjust the action, and to install an LR Baggs iBeam Active System pickup for use with an amplifier. John's after purchase service has been terrific. The guitar also came with a nice Guardian case.

I would highly recommend purchasing your next guitar from J. Larson Guitars."

 

Greg T. - Oregon City, OR, USA

"Killer guitar! Plays so great and sounds amazing."

 

Wesley E. - Portland, OR, USA

pricing & options

MODELS

 

Paris Rose (PRD and PRC*): J. Larson Guitars Dreadnaught and Modified Dreadnought.

Maya Luna (MLO and MLC*): J. Larson Guitars OM with slight mods.

Dakota Samuel (DS and DSC*): J. Larson Guitars 0, 00, 000 sized guitars.

Nathaniel Ocean (NO): J. Larson Guitars ukulele.

 

* "C" (custom) models are twelve fret to the body with cutaways.

PRICING

 

The base price for all models is $4,275.

This base price includes a Sitka Spruce top that was sourced from an old repurposed bridge; your choice of either Indian Rosewood or Mahogany back and sides - or you may also select wood from my current stash of back and side materials; and a custom fit hardshell case.

For information on customizing and additional features, please either email or call.

A $1,000 (non-refundable) deposit is required to secure your spot in the building schedule. An approximate end-date will be provided to you as soon as I begin your project.

Prices do not include shipping and taxes.

 
 

ordering & contact

If you have questions about or are interested in ordering a guitar from me, please either call or email me.

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