Ian Chisholm


Every instrument is an individual build.  Details such as 12 or 14 fret necks, headstock style, 6 or 12 strings and stringing geometry, cutaways and trim styles can all be decided on when an instrument is commissioned.  However I am set up for certain body shapes and have developed a number of specific styles of instrument:

Archtop guitars

Steel strung, jumbo style body, 405mm wide

Steel strung model “G” Small Jumbo style, 380mm wide

       This one with double cutaway

Guitars inspired by a Martin model “O” made in 1900. Parlour guitar, 350mm wide. Steel or nylon strung

Martin 028 1900

Tenor guitars, 295mm wide, tuned C G D A

mandolins, archtop or flat top

Citterns and celtic bouzoukis

Custom solid body electrics

My solid body instruments are always totally custom.

I’m always happy to hear about interesting projects.  Examples have included converting an old Hofner archtop into a surprisingly effective celtic bouzouki, a sympitar inspired by The Corries combolins and the Frankencaster, a Telecaster Variax hybrid.