100% Handmade  in Michigan, USA by Ron Luczak, Luthier est. 1985

Handcrafted one at a time utilizing the traditional  methods of the famous vintage Kalamazoo-made Guitars of the 1950s & 1960s -

No CNC machinery  &  No pre-made components are imported or outsourced - Entirely built and assembled in Michigan, USA*

2013  Made in Michigan TV12

2012  Mlive  Article

2009  FTR Radio Interview

36 Fret Custom TMP Demo

last update:
Jan.  2019

Original "Bell" shaped headstock - since 2000
"Flint Arches" headstock - introduced 2010
..... Greetings from  Flint , Michigan
color shown - "Lake Erie Black"

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Classic Guitar Design  includes:
*Instrument Grade Lumber
*Hide glue, Fish glue. &  Urea glue construction
*Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
*High-Quality Hardware including
Switchcraft, CTS pots, AutoTrim locking tuners,
Tonepro's or Hipshot bridges.

My name is Ron Luczak.
                           I have been building custom guitars since 1985.
    I operated a small nondescript repair shop in my area since the 1980's and have 
    repaired countless musical instruments including guitars, banjos, and mandolins,
               as well as violins, cellos, and upright basses for the area schools.

    During the 1980s & 1990s I made 45 guitars of various designs usually inspired    
         by the popular brands of those days including Jackson, Kramer, BC Rich,
                              and PRS which was my main inspiration.
     I didn't buy pre-made parts, I began with raw lumber and hand-made
                           the bodies, necks, and fretboards from scratch.

   In 2000 I decided to focus on building my own guitar design and began
   sketching various ideas but I quickly realized that no matter what I drew
               it more or less  resembled every guitar that already existed.
   I knew I wanted it to have classic features and a traditional shape, so I drew inspiration from my favorite vintage guitars which were made by the original Gibson  
     company in Kalamazoo right here in Michigan in the 1950s' and 1960's .
       I also wanted to "build" them the same way Gibson used to - relying on
                     human skill rather than computerized machinery. 
No two vintage guitars are exactly the same, but the craftsmanship and ability for one 
  person to build & pay close attention to every inch of that guitar insures that the 
 finished instrument will surpass anything that assembly lines and computers can do.
       I finalized my Luczak design and began building them alongside any custom 
                         and one-off designs I am commissioned to build.
I always hear the comment "It looks just like a PRS" - which I take as a compliment, but upon close inspection of the construction methods and "feel" it's really more of a
           vintage Gibson .....which by the way was also the inspiration for PRS !
I've never attended a "Guitar building school", maybe because of coming from a family
                with a long woodworking history it's just in my blood (?) 
                    I just know I love building guitars and It's my passion.
             Over the years I have amassed many tools and gained the knowledge and 
                                   experience that only time can offer.

*My mission is to build guitars the same way they were made in the "Golden Era" of
 American guitar-building using high quality instrument grade lumbers, hot hide glue,
 quality components, nitrocellulose lacquer, and the human skill and ingenuity that no 
          longer exists in modern day brand-name assembly line guitar factories *

...choose from  Two headstock shapes.....
   Options include:
 -choice of three different scale length's-
    "G" = 24 & 3/4"
    "P" =  25"
    "F" =  25 & 1/2 "

 -choice of Bridge-
    "Hipshot" string thru body hardtail  (shallower neck angle- strings closer to body)
    " Tonepro's" wraparound   (increased neck angle- strings higher off body surface)
    "Tune-o-matic  + Stoptail  (same neck angle as above)

- 22 or 24 frets and choice of Fret size

-placement of electronics-
    "Switch located on upper horn or lower bout with the knobs"

-Wiring options -
   " choose Vol & Tone for each pickup (4 knobs)
      or Master set controls for entire guitar (2 knobs)
       or whatever you like...
 Instead of a "serial number" each Luczak guitar receives a "Name" of your choice
                                              which is inlayed into the guitar.
          The build date and guitar number is entered into the control cavity.
* Distinctive

Well seasoned/dried lumber is critical for resonance & tone in any musical instrument.
Hot hide glue pulls the wood together tightly as it cures allowing the wooden components
of a guitar to bond together like a single unit so that the vibration of the strings can easily  telegraph from the tip of the headstock all the way to the end of the body.

Then finish with a thin skin of real nitrocellulose lacquer,  just enough to seal the guitar - too much and the resonance starts being hindered. Strumming the guitar unplugged will exhibit a​ lively tone & sustain that will only sound better when plugged in.

                                        * This is how I make my Guitars *
*Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any guitar companies such as Gibson, Fender, BC Rich, Jackson, Kramer, or PRS*

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