A few things to think about...

The Neck

The shape and feel of the neck plays an important role in how a player relates to the instrument.  I have often made templates from a customer’s favorite neck and then built a new guitar using that neck shape.  Barring that, customers are usually able to describe the feel and shape so that a neck can be made to meet their needs.

Neck, Dovetail or Bolt-on

I’ve read luthiers’ websites that say bolt-on necks are a travesty.  However, any poorly fitted neck will adversely affect the sound of the instrument, whether it be dovetail or bolt-on.  This was discovered at The Blue Guitar many years ago while doing neck resets.  When the neck is carefully fitted the sound improves, sometimes dramatically.  

For cutaways I use the bolt-on method.  It allows me to cut the heel quite low so the player can reach the upper fingerboard with ease.  Standard guitars get a dovetail neck joint.  I make either one with a clear conscience.

Archtops, Acoustic and Electric

The archtop guitar originated with the Gibson Guitar Company and Epiphone Guitars.  From there, individual makers and small companies began making them.  The early innovations were brilliant.  When the electric pickup came along, jazz guitarists were able to solo and be heard over the band.

I’ve spent many years working on these instruments.  When I was asked to build one I didn’t want to create a “new” guitar.  I wanted to refine the best of what those guitars were.  The result is a guitar that incorporates the finest elements of design and function of those old instruments.  I’m happy with the results.

Steel Stringed Flat-tops

Although I’m currently concentrating on the Model 65 and new models and sizes utilizing its bracing and building method, I still build traditional steel stringed instruments as well as those of my own design.


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Once the final agreement is made, the buyer sends a down payment of 10% of the agreed upon retail price.  The down payment is non-refundable once wood and component materials have been purchased.  One half the balance is due upon completion of the body of the instrument and the remainder is due before the instrument is shipped.


Instruments made by Stephen Neal Saqui, Saqui Guitars and/or Salmon River Guitars are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship to the original owner during the working life of the maker.  Damage due to reasonable wear and tear, abuse, neglect, extremes of temperature or humidity, or natural disaster is not covered. Periodic maintenance is the responsibility of the owner and is a condition of warranty.  Repairs or alterations not performed by Stephen Neal Saqui, Saqui Guitars and/or Salmon River Guitars risk cancellation of this warranty. 

We embrace the development of alternative methods of acoustic guitar construction and buy only certified domestic and non-endangered woods and supplies from reputable vendors that meet US and international certification standards.


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