The Archtop Guitar Series

Traditional Archtops

Performer model:


My traditional archtop guitars feature hand carved and graduated tops and backs. Each plate is carved to get the most from the unique characteristics of that particular chunk of wood. Every Dragony guitar is made entirely by me in my one man shop. My focus is on playability and tone since, without that, nothing else matters.

WOODS: Backs and sides are made from high quality domestic figured maple. Both flame and quilt figures are available, with more highly figured wood available at extra cost. Necks are figured domestic hard maple with flame or birdseye figure. Bridge, tailpiece, fingerboard, pickguard and head stock face overlay are all ebony. The rear of the headstock is a multilayer veneer. The standard is black/white/black/figured maple, but other combinations available on request. Tops are available in Sitka, Engelmann, and Blue spruce.

STRUCTURAL DETAILS: An adjustable two way steel truss rod and carbon fiber reinforcement is standard. Standard scale length is 25”. The standard top bracing pattern is an x-brace, but parallel bracing is available as an option.

Traditional Archtop Guitar Base Prices
Performer Acoustic Archtop Guitar $5000
Protégé Acoustic Archtop Guitar $4300
7 or 8 String version $ TBD
Upgrades to Traditional Archtops
Highly figured back and sides $200 – $1000
One piece bridge $200
Ebony tailpiece (Protege) $300
Tone control $50
Tinted finish $150
Sunburst finish $300
Bound headstock $50
MOP dot position markers $75
MOP block position markers $150
Other inlay work $ TBD

FINISHING: Standard tuning machines are gold Schaller M6 with ebony knobs. On seven string guitars, Schaller M6 mini tuners are used to reduce weight at the headstock. The standard tailpiece is hinged, solid ebony. One piece (fixed) or two piece (adjustable) bridges are available. Standard binding is wbwb/ivoroid. The standard finish is clear nitrocellulose lacquer. Side marker dots are the only standard position markers. Abalone or MOP (mother of pearl) fingerboard and headstock inlays are available as an option.

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Protégé model:

Guitars are also available at a slightly lower cost with a lower level of trim. This consists of single layer binding on the body, unbound fretboard, unbound f-holes, no veneer on the rear of the headstock and a metal tailpiece rather than hinged ebony. The wood for the back and sides is typically less figured than the Performer model.

Both models come standard with a suspended pickup and volume control, and both models are available in a 16” body size.

15″ Archtop

Blues Buddy model:

15″ Archtop Guitar Base Prices
Standard 15″ Guitar (maple) $4100
Protégé 15″ Guitar (mahogany) $ TBD
Upgrades to 15″ Archtops
Highly figured maple back and sides $200 – $1000
Let in pickup with volume control $300
Tone control $50
Tinted finish $150
Sunburst finish $300
Multilayer binding $200
MOP dot position markers $75
MOP block position markers $150
Other inlay work $ TBD
Ebony tailpiece $300

This guitar is aimed at the more blues oriented player. The 15″ archtop is made with a deeper cutaway than the 17″ model for easier access to the high register.

It is available in the same woods as the 17″ model, or can be ordered with optional mahogany back, sides and neck. The standard tailpiece on these guitars is a metal trapeze style. Standard binding is a single layer ivoroid . This model comes standard with a suspended pickup and volume control. The optional let-in pickup features an ebony mounting ring. An adjustable two way steel truss rod and carbon fiber reinforcement in the neck is standard.

This model is also available with a thinner body depth by request — take a look at one of the “Hot Off the Workbench” instruments shown at left for an example.

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All prices and specifications subject to change without notice. 6-31-07