Arch top Style (Basswood)

(6 customer reviews)

$899.00 inc. GST

Our Archtop Style guitar building course will show you how to construct this world famous guitar model.  It features an archtop, semi hollow, Basswood body with bound F holes, Maple neck and Poplar laminate fretboard.  Please be aware, with a set neck and access to the electronics only through the f holes, this is the most involved kit to build- patience will be required!

*Please select the Saturday of the Weekend you would like to do the course.

Custom Vinyl Decal

You can personalise your custom guitar by having a name emblazoned on the headstock. We can create a black vinyl decal in a range of fonts, so you can really personalise your instrument. Please note, we cannot copy any brand names, add symbols, logos or reproduce other fonts other than the ones shown below. Please check your typing as the decal will be as it is typed here. You can use all UPPER CAPS if you want (font 6 is shown in upper caps but can be in either). So please type it exactly how you want it to appear.

The more text you have, the smaller the font will be (15 characters or less is recommended). Decal is approx. 90mm long.

Pickup Upgrades

You can upgrade the pickups on your guitar with the following high quality Gotoh or Wilkinson pickups. The biggest improvement you can make to your guitar's sound is upgrading the pickups, and Gotoh and Wilkinson pickups are highly regarded, top quality products. Please note we do not have upgrades for the RIC and Resonator models at the moment. Please choose the correct pickups for the instrument you are building.

Machine Head Upgrades

Gotoh tuners are well renowned, quality machine heads that stay in tune and have very smooth gears. They are one of the best machine heads available. Make you guitar the best it can be!

Bridge/Tailpiece Upgrades

You can upgrade the bridge and tailpiece on a number of guitar models with these Tune-o-matic Gotoh bridge saddles and tailpieces. Bridge saddles and tailpieces are suitable for the FV, SG, LP and LP Left-handed models. Bridge saddle only for Archtop and RIC models.

Guitar Cases

Add a Hard Case to your order to protect your new guitar. The Rectangular Hard Case is suitable for ST, STA, STAL, TL, TLA and RIC models.

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Joint: Set-Neck
Body: Basswood
Neck: Hard Maple
Fingerboard: Poplar Laminated
Tuning Machines: Gold Grover Style
Scale Length: 628mm/24.75″
Fret: 22
Control: 2V, 2T, 3-Way Toggle
Pickups: H-H
Hardware: Gold
Bridge: Trapeze Tailpieces
Pickguard: 3-Ply Black

Reviews (6)

6 reviews for Arch top Style (Basswood)

  1. Charlie O’Sullivan (verified owner)

    I completed a semi hollow arch top at Wild wood instruments on the first weekend in Dec 2023. What a fabulous experience, Nic is a very knowledgeable teacher and his workshop is very well set up for students. I have limited woodwork and soldering experience but Nic patiently guides you through the process. It was very insightful to learn how to professionally set up the guitar. Its a great weekend and a very good value way to get a new guitar. I highly recommend for people with all levels of experience as I am sure you will learn a lot and find it enjoyable. Many thanks Nic.

  2. Antony Rokkas (verified owner)

    Strongly recommend this course! I had been thinking about it for a while, and eventually locked in the first weekend in October (2022). I picked the Arch Top as I thought they were a little more involved and I might pick up some additional tips. Plus I’ve always wanted one…
    A great opportunity to spend a couple of days with like minded people, and learn from an experienced luthier. Nick is a great teacher and has inspired me to tackle more projects like this in the future.
    Thanks Nick!

    • ncarpenter

      Thanks Antony. Great to hear you enjoyed the course and it has inspired you to continue your guitar making journey. Be warned though, it is addictive! Hehe

  3. Lou Di Quinzio (verified owner)

    I had a great time building my ES 335 style archtop guitar with Nick at Wilwood Instruments.
    He is a great teacher and a lovely bloke and I would recommend taking his classes to anyone, in fact I might just do another one in the future.
    Thanks Nick for a wonderful experience.

    • ncarpenter

      Thanks for your review Lou. I am glad you enjoyed the course. Hope to see you again for your next build!

  4. Phil Lavelle (verified owner)

    I put together an arch top on one of Nick’s weekend workshops. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Nick is a great teacher and has some great, unique tools to assist with the more difficult tasks in assembling the guitar. It was great to work I’m an an encouraging environment with like minded souls. Not to mention the satisfaction I get from playing a guitar I put together. I thoroughly recommend the workshop. Thanks Nick!

  5. Brendan

    I made an arch top guitar at Wildwood instruments in March 2022. The process taught me an incredible amount about building and setting up guitars. Due to this course I now have the knowledge and confidence to set up and service my own guitars. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more about guitar maintenance.

  6. Michael Wilkins (verified owner)

    On the 6th and 7th of May I attended Wildwood to make my very own Arch top guitar. Under the expert supervision of Nick I came home on the Sunday with a beautiful guitar that sounds fantastic. I now have to learn to play a little better. It was a great experience for myself and my brother in law Stewart who made a telecaster. Nicks patience and guidance was fantastic. He allowed me to assemble the guitar myself only helping if I requested it.
    I recommend anyone thinking about the course to give it a go.

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