Welcome to the Blue Star Guitar Company Custom Shop website.
The first Blue Star production instrument, the Travelcaster, hit the market circa 1990.
Since then I have designed and built a wide variety of unique instruments to enable the
creative and experimental musicians from the acoustic world to enter the electric realm. Banjos, mandolins, and ukuleles can now be played thru effects and amps to fill a venue with the sounds
usually associated with big brother, the guitar. All of my designs, as well as yours, can be built with
many different combinations of woods - body, neck, and fingerboard; hardware - pickups, tuners,
and controls; and scale lengths - soprano, tenor and baritone ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, as
well as guitars from mini to full size. The world is open to have that weird creation
that's simmering in your brain come to fruition.
I have access to wood grown in the
USA as well as many exotic varieties
from around the globe. I hand-select
every board used in the production
of every instrument made and hand
fit each neck to each body. I use the
"bolt-on" method of attaching a neck
to a body. I agree with the philosophy
of this construction technique which
allows for easy maintenance as well
as facilitating future repairs and
replacement should any damage occur.
To further enhance this "connection",
I use individual screws in lieu of a
neckplate with each screw bearing on
a countersunk washer. I always use the
strongest Stainless Steel screw for
ultimate torque and rust resistance
in this application.
All of my electric creations use
common and readily available
electric guitar strings. Steel
strings allow for the great sustain
and accurate bends that will now
be at your disposal on that electric
version of your favorite ukulele,
mandolin, or banjo. Like a
Stratocaster electric guitar doesn't
sound like a Martin acoustic guitar,
your steel-strung electric will leave
the feedback and howling nature
of piezo-fed acoustics behind.
Scruggs-picking a banjo with
distortion thru a marshall might
seriously alter your bluegrass
mindset. I am not responsible for
this- I just helped it happen!!
No CNC. No mass production. Every Blue Star Guitar Co. instrument sold is completely hand-made, ensuring that your instrument is one-of-a-kind.