Here is a brief history of guitars that have already been built and sold. Use this as  for coming up with your own ideas for your custom guitar!

 


 

TSL-0001 - The 'Mule'

TSL-0001 Affectionately dubbed 'The Mule'. It is the first 'from scratch' guitar I built and completed! (See the Skewed Jazzmaster below!). It started out as an alder log on the beach in Campbell River. Rick at Dove Creek Timber cut it up for me and 2 years later this is the result!

Body - 3 piece alder. Base coat was a metalic black. Shot it with a couple of coats of clear and then stamped the paislies on it. A number of clears later and voila! The idea came to me in the middle of the night! (One of the few I remember once awake!) Add a strip of abalone just high of middle and you have a nice looking body.

Neck - Laminated white walnut. I got my hands on some floor tile crates that I suspected were not just run of the mill wood! I was very right! The white walnut is a great sounding wood that has a very nice feel. I shaped the neck for my rather large hand. It is an offset v-neck. If you were to shake somebody's hand your thumb and index finger form a V. I aimed that at the neck and that is where the point of the V landed: slightly above the center line of the neck. I love it! My thumb tracks along the point of the V when I am in lead mode, and in rhythm mode my hand has much better support. A number of people have picked this guitar up and given me quite the look when they first wrap their hand around it!

Fretboard - Rosewood. I have always liked understated fretboards. Therefore the paisley at the 12th fret and nothing else. If you look closely at the binding on the top of the neck you will see emphasized markers to make up for it!

Headstock - This is a sandwich of Flame Maple veneer, black walnut, white walnut from the neck, and another piece of black walnut. Pretty!

 


 

TSL-0002 - The Gift!

TSL-0002 was a gift that I gave to Rick at Dove Creek Timber for all he has done for me over the past number of years. When I showed Rick 0001 he was not impressed with me that I had 'painted' over such beautiful wood! This birthed the idea for 0002!!

Body - 4 piece alder. All it is finished with are as few coats of clear I could get away with. The body is bound with some of the heartwood from the same batch of white walnut used for the neck. This heartwood is so beautiful. It looks like somebody took some maple and swirled in different chocolates. Some milk chocolate, mixed with dark and even some white!! The pickguard is bookmatched black walnut with a couple of maple veneers underneath. Knobs are rosewood...catching the theme!! ALL WOOD!! Rick smiled when he saw it the first time!

Neck - Laminated white walnut. I got my hands on some floor tile crates that I suspected were not just run of the mill wood! I was very right! The white walnut is a great sounding wood that has a very nice feel. I shaped the neck for my rather large hand. It is an offset v-neck same as 0001. This one is a little thinner though and has a very fast feel.

Fretboard - Ebony. I have always liked understated fretboards. Therefore the paisley at the 12th fret and nothing else. If you look closely at the binding on the top of the neck you will see emphasized markers to make up for it!

Headstock - This is a sandwich of Curly Maple veneer, black walnut, white walnut from the neck, and another piece of black walnut. Pretty!

 



 

Skewed Jazzmaster - in process...

This is the very first one!! (Funny thing is I have yet to finish it!!) I got started on this one March 2010, and as happens in life it ended up on the shelf for a time. It was used for a time as an inspiration piece for a high school guitar building after school group I lead in Campbell River.

Basic Concept: take the shape of a Jazzmaster and skewed it slightly. Then to be crazy I have gone with an ash body capped with maple!! But that was not enough so I chambered the body as well. I am so intrigued to know what this one is going to sound like!! I have not decided yet if I am going to sell this one.

The neck is maple with a black walnut decorative strip at the 3rd fret corresponding with the headstock angle. I have given the neck the offset Vshape. A friend of mine was over visiting and I handed him the neck and an hour later he was still holding the neck! He looked at me and said, "Corey, all you have to do to sell your guitars is hand the prospective buyer this neck and let them hold it for a while!! They will be begging you for a guitar before they leave!"

Guess we'll see!

 


 

RS-0004 - Rik Stolar - Stolar-tron!

RS-0004 started as an inquiry from Rik, and has ended up being probably my favorite build so far. Rik had some different ideas and after playing a few of the guitars in my stable, he set his heart on the Axis shape. But no, could he stay normal...not a chance! So we threw a Bigsby on it and why not a Firebird reverse headstock as well! I have to admit that the mock ups had me wondering, but the finished product is a winner!!

Body - We put a 1/2" bookmatched figured maple cap on top of a one piece, chambered, mahogany back. For the fun of it I created a highly accesible neck join to help Rik get his fingers up into position to rip! Then to top it all off, a gorgeous blue dye finish with a black burst, natural maple binding,and finished with a nitro lacquer clear. Buff it up and away it went.

Neck - Special. I had a piece of 50-60 years old maple that used to be the peg board of a piano!! Super music saturated wood already. As per Rik's dersire I placed a strip of white walnut at the headstock angle to give it a little spice. Rik then loaned me his favorite Gibson acoustic to model the neck shape off of. Slim with nice substance.

Fretboard - Ebony. Rik's precious wife Ger had passed away about a year before we started the buils and this was his chance to give tribute to her beauty. So as a nod to her love of humingbirds I routed in a little one for the 12th fret marker. The neck is bound with my speacial fret markers placed in the binding.

Headstock - Reverse Firebird!! Rik wanted it and I gave it to him. Gibson, I am sorry but I copied it as close as I could! Turned out great and really does work with the overall feel Rik wanted from the guitar.

 


 

 

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25+ years ago, armed with a corded drill, a few drill bits, and absolutely no understanding of what I was about to attempt, I set out to install a brand new Kahler tremolo system in my Series A strat.

I was hooked!

Now granted, I absolutely ruined a perfectly good guitar, but born inside was a desire to learn what it takes to build a great guitar. Four years of touring full time taught me what worked and what didn't, what felt good, and what lasted the set! Numerous years of repairing other peoples guitars has brought a colourful palette of experience to the table. And hours of conversations with other guitarists has inspired me to this time and place;

Klassen Guitars. Hand-built, high quality, highly customizable pieces of art!

 

TSL-0003 - For Sale!

TSL-0003 is a guitar that was sold but now is available for purchase. It is not routed or painted yet so there is lots of room for custimization. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can talk!!

Body - 3 piece alder. It is modeled after a Tele Special. The shape is close to a Tele with a couple of variations, the most distinct being the neck access. Chris asked for 24 frets and that is a real stretch to get at with the normal cut away. So I modified the cut away to give much better access but look normal from the front.

Neck - Maple with a mahogany strip down the center.

Fretboard - Rosewood. I have always liked understated fretboards. Chris agreed! So we put a Roman numeral 2 at the 12th fret. Looks great.

Headstock - This is a sandwich of flame maple veneer, black walnut, maple from the neck, and another piece of black walnut.