Custom Electric Guitars and Basses
Since guitars and basses are much less standardized than violin family instruments, I have not found one single design that satisfies all needs and tastes as well as our electric violins do. With that thought in mind, I start each guitar or bass as a blank sheet of paper. Every decision concerning that instrument is the customer's choice with ideas from our staff as needed or requested. I have at times built instruments for customers who came in with a full blueprint specified almost entirely in advance.
On the other hand I have built instruments for people who had very little idea of what they wanted and have taken them through an educational process so that they could end up with the instrument of their dreams. My objective is to always build the instrument of the customer's dreams. Sometimes in order to do that, the customer has to first find out what that means to them.
The following is an except from the book Custom Guitars - A Complete Guide to Contemporary Handcrafted Guitars published in 2000 by String Letter Press. The book covers the work of 203 guitarmakers from all over the world. It features a photo of the headstock of one of my archtop guitars on the Archtops chapter title page. The excerpt is from page 135 and reads as follows:
"John Jordan began his guitar-making career as an apprentice for Ervin Somogyi in 1980. He specializes in instruments built to order and has a way of helping customers articulate their dreams. Customers may choose the body shape, woods, bindings, purflings, inlays, and neck dimensions. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, Musical Merchandise Review, and Frets."
Gallery Coming Soon!
Archtop guitar with fine grained spruce top, heavily quilted maple back and sides, curly rock maple neck, ebony fingerboard, pickguard, and peghead facing. This is a fully acoustic archtop jazz guitar with floating pickups and pickguard mounted electronics. The tone is rich and responsive both acoustically and electrically. Archtop guitars like this are built to order and start at $10,000.00
Heavily quilted maple top solidbody electric guitar with swamp ash body and rock maple neck with ebony fingerboard. Specialized features include a steam bent tilted back peghead avoiding the characteristic weakness of sawn or joined tilt back pegheads. This design utilizes a finger jointed neck thru body core so that the bridge is mounted to swamp ash for a sparkling tone, but the neck feathers into the body like a conventional neck thru body design without the bulkiness associated with bolt on or glued in neck designs. The control cavity is rear routed so that the beauty of the quilted maple top is not disturbed.
Solid body guitars like this are built to order and start at $3,500.00
Six string fretless bass guitar with solid Honduras rosewood neck thru body construction.Specialized features include extended ebony fingerboard so that the low string (normally low B) is extended two frets behind the nut to reach low A (27.5 hz) The fingerboard is inlaid with blue-green abalone fret marking lines. The extended tuner post for the low A string was machined and plated specifically for this bass. The custom ordered Bartolini electronics were designed to reproduce the extremely low notes in a wonderfully deep and richly musical tone.The body was made especially thin to prevent the instrument for being unusually heavy. The control cavity is rear routed so that the beauty of the rosewood is not disturbed.
Solid body basses like this are built to order and start at $3,500.00