Hand-Laminated

Archtop Guitars

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Grez Archtops are hand-laminated using vintage forms and presses that once belonged to R.C. Allen. Materials range from Sitka Spruce for tops, that we have custom milled specificlly for guitar top laminating to a variety of hardwood veneers and solid woods for necks and fretboards.  

Spruce and Maple Voices

Custom Spruce Veneer

Our backs use a traditional cross-laminating process that creates uniform stiffness across the back while our tops, when spruce, have the same grain orientation for all layers to better emulate a solid spruce top. The spruce tops are laminated thick enough so that they can be thickness graduated much like a solid top would be.

 

Our maple tops use a proprietary lay up schedule that mimics the stiffness profile of a spruce top with X bracing.  This enhances low and low-mid response while maintaining the upper mid and high frequency sound of  Maple, creating an instrument that sounds like no other with great tonal balance and warmth.

 

Anything from 15" to 18" is possible in a body depth and wood of your choosing. There are 4 different headstock designs to choose from with no inlay, a classic flowerpot or an inlay of your design.  Although  I have standard models, nearly every detail is customizable.

NIGHTINGALE
 
15" Archtop, 2" Body Depth
Sitka Spruce Top
Maple Back and Sides
Figured 2pc Maple Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
25" Scale, Jumbo Frets
TV Jones T-Armond Pickups
TonePros AVR2G (Nylon) Bridge
Rosewood Bridge Base
Bigsby Tailpiece
Nitro Finish
Reunion Blues Continental Case
 
As Shown $3,650

Listen to the Nightingale       Video 1        Video 2        Video 3

RC-G1
 
16" Archtop, 2.5" Body Depth
Figured Maple Top Back and Sides
Figured 2pc Maple Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
25" Scale, Jumbo Frets
Lollar Dog Ear P-90s
Rosewood Bridge and Base
TrapizeTailpiece
Nitro Finish
Reunion Blues Continental Case
 
As Shown $3,600

Listen to the RC-G1 in Maple               Video 1  

Listen to the RC-G1 in Spruce              Video 2        

RC-5
 
17" Archtop, 2.75" Body Depth
Figured Maple Top, Back and Sides
Honduran Mahogany Neck
Ebony Fretboard
25" Scale, Jumbo Frets
Lollar Charlie Christian Humbucker Size Pickups
TonePros AVR2  Bridge
Ebony Bridge Base
Trapize Tailpiece
Nitro Finish
Reunion Blues Continental Case
 
As Shown $3,750

Listen to the RC-5   

Grez RC-5 - Randy Quan
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Grez RC-5 - Mitch Polzak
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  Video 1                      Video 2

CRB-15 Bass
 
15.25" Semi-Hollowbody, 2.6" Depth 
Maple Top, Back and Sides
Ebony Fretboard
Hipshot UltraLite Tuners
30" Scale Fretsless
Honduran Mahogany Neck and Center Block
TV Jones Thunder'Blade Pickups
Nitro Finish
 
As Shown $3,100
 
 

I build basses like this in a variety of sizes and depths, both hollow and semi-hollow.  Scale length, fretted or not, pickups, color and everything else is designed to your specifications.  My intention is to recreate cool vintage basses like the Harmony H22 or Howlin Wolf Bass, but with modern reliability and features.