Ordering a Charltone instrument is normally an interactive process, governed by how specific you want to be on the various aspects. Of course, it would be best if you could drop by my shop and we could go over everything in person. However, it works fine using email (c/w photos) and/or the phone. Once you decide which model you’d like, we can nail down the specifics of wood, hardware, nut width, and so on. I can provide photos of the various options, as well as links to the online catalogues I order from.

A typical price is shown for each model in the descriptions below. The final price will depend on the materials used, inlays, special requests, type of case, and shipping costs. I insist some kind of hardshell case be included in the final package if shipping id required.

A 30% non-refundable deposit is required up front. The balance is due upon completion, prior to shipping.

This cost is to be borne by the customer. I’ve used both Canada Post and Greyhound. My experience is, as long as the instrument is in a hardshell case boxed in corrugated cardboard they've both worked fine. Insurance is up to the customer and depends on the shipper as to how much they'll allow.

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SS-DR

Steel String / Dreadnought

$2,500 including a hardshell case

Based on the Bill Lewis dreadnought plans, so it has a slightly more pinched waist than a typical dreadnought, giving it a bit more brightness than others you might’ve heard. Otherwise, it has all the bass & balance you’d expect in this style.

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SS-NI

Steel String / OM Variation

$2,200 including a hardshell case

Slightly wider, shorter and shallower than a regular OM. The neck is joined to the body at the 12th fret, giving the guitar a much shorter, easier-to-handle feel. This model is also offered in a cutaway format to access the higher frets, if that is the way you play.

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SS-ORC

Steel String / Orchestra Model

$2,200 including a hardshell case

Full-sized Orchestra Model. The body is shallower & slightly smaller than a dreadnought, and it has a more pinched waist. These attributes make it less bulky to handle without sacrificing the bottom end too much.

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SS-SC

Steel String / Parlour

$2,000 including a hardshell case

Small concert guitar, meant for finger-picking style. The body is only 18-1/4” long and 12-3/16” at the widest point, with a body depth of 3-7/8” at the butt. This results in a very bright mid-upper range with plenty of volume. Great for that vintage acoustic blues sound. Using light strings, I also think it works well for soloing.

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CL-RAM

Nylon String / Classical

$2,200 including a hardshell case

Based on Classical plans from Bill Lewis. The deep body and beautiful curves give this model a big, round sound.

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FL-BAR

Nylon String / Flamenco

$2,200 including a hardshell case

Based on Flamenco plans from Bill Lewis. This model has a punchy sound with a light-weight body that is a pleasure to hold and play.

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FL-TOR

Nylon String / Small Flamenco

$1,800 including a hardshell case

Based on the 1888 SE-117 Torres plans by Scott Antes. It’s about 2/3 the size of a normal Flamenco, yet has a surprising amount of volume and a balanced frequency response.

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EL-SBA

Electric / Solid Body Arched Top

$3,000 including a hardshell case (depends on pickups & other hardware)

Similar to a Gibson Les Paul®. The body is solid mahogany, and the hand-carved Top is solid maple. This is a very heavy guitar with plenty of sustain.

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EL-SBF

Electric / Solid Body Flat Top

$2,200 including a hardshell case (depends on pickups & other hardware)

A much lighter, thinner version of EL-SBA. The cutaway can be pointy or rounded. It has a 1-1/4” thick Body under a 1/4” Drop-Top. I’ve been using Spanish Cedar for the Body but will henceforth be using Mahogany. Since the Top is only 1/4” thick, I tend to use a much wider variety of wood – anything from Maple to Cottonwood to Koa, you name it.