The true beauty in building a custom guitar is helping each musician find the instrument of his or her dreams, and since each of us have unique needs and preferences, I offer a wide range of options from which you can choose.

However, by no means should a Woolson Soundcraft guitar with standard appointments be considered basic. On the contrary, each guitar I build gets the same love and attention and will be a top-of-the-line instrument that you will be proud to own.

Base Price of Each Guitar $5,250

Standard Woods and Features

Back and Sides
 Hand-Selected East Indian Rosewood
Hand-Selected Honduran Mahogany
Hand-Selected Pau Ferro (Morado)

Sound Board
 Sitka Spruce
Englemann Spruce
Western Red Cedar

 All wood appointments (binding, rosette, purflings), five-piece laminated neck, bound ebony fretboard, ebony bridge and bridge pins, chrome Gotoh tuners, bone nut and compensated saddle, and a Cedar Creek hard-shell case.

Optional Features

Back and Sides
 Figured Claro Walnut$300
 Honduran Rosewood$250
 Madagascar Rosewood$650
 Figured Mahogany$200
 Figured Maple$300
 Figured Sapele Inquire
 Highly Figured Koa$800
 Exhibition-Grade Koa$1,200

Sound Board
  Double Top Soundboard
All guitar models are available with a double top
 Adirondack Red SpruceInquire
 European SpruceInquire

 Venetian (round) cutaway $300
 Gold Gotoh Tuners$50
 Ebony Tuner Buttons $50
 Bound Peg Head$100

K&K Pure Western P/U $115
K&K Power Blend $350
K&K Trinity $375
Other systems Inquire

Other Types of TunersInquire

Custom InlayInquire

The above items are my most requested tonewoods and appointments. If you are thinking of something that is not listed here I encourage you to contact me to discuss it — after all, this is a custom guitar. I am happy to talk with you about your thoughts and make suggestions that can help you uncover the guitar of your dreams.

Some of you will immediately notice that I do not have Brazilian Rosewood as a tonewood option. This is intentional. Personally, I believe the expense related to Brazilian rosewood does not enhance the sound or value of the instrument in a justifiable way. While Brazilian Rosewood will make an excellent-sounding guitar, I truly believe that there are woods available that are every bit as beautiful and sound every bit as good for considerably less money.

When you combine this with the fact that Brazilian Rosewood is exceptionally prone to warping, cracking, and splitting; and at some time over the life of a Brazilian Rosewood guitar, a crack will likely develop and need to be repaired – something that is costly for both the guitar owner and the luthier – I don't feel it is a justifiable risk.


Are you interested in learning about how specific tonewoods influence a guitar's sound? Check out my article on selecting tonewoods to help guide your decisions about your Woolson guitar.

2009 - 2015, Paul Woolson. Member of the Guild of American Lutherie and the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans