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At S.B. MacDonald Custom Instruments, my goal is simple; to provide the fullest level of service for all your guitar needs. Your guitars matter to me, because YOU matter to me. I help people create music, and that makes the world a better place. I take this very seriously, and it is part of who and what I am.
S.B. MacDonald

My custom guitars are made strictly by special order. Each is designed around the needs, spirit and personality of the customer. Design, function, balance, and tonal flavor come together to create an instrument that is an extension of the artist. I insist on getting to know as much about each customer and their music as I can before design and construction begins. In the end, an instrument as unique as its owner is born.

By definition, "custom guitar" means a guitar that is designed and built exclusively for you, the artist. Many luthiers build their own designs, then find players to buy them. To me, as fine as that instrument may be, that is not a custom-built guitar, merely a handmade one.

My clients range from the USA (including Hawaii and Alaska), to Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Italy, Nova Scotia, Japan, and Korea among others.

Please visit my weblog "Scott's Guitar Blog" featuring interesting articles on guitar repair, restoration, care, and custom guitar building.

In addition to custom guitar building, I offer the following services:
  • Warranty/authorized repair for Martin, Gibson, and Taylor guitars.
  • Vintage fretted instrument restoration. (Guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, etc...) Careful, historically accurate techniques and parts to preserve the spirit, look and value of your precious vintage instrument.
  • Parts dealer for most pick-up brands, tuning machines, strings, cases and guitar accessories.
  • Appraisals, evaluations, insurance letters.

See the commercial for Lincoln Motors, shot by Time Magazine Studios, featuring Scott as a designer and builder.


Interview of S.B. MacDonald
produced for public radio
Carla Seidl

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