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Ordering an Elysian

Choosing your guitar

Ordering a guitar to your own specifications, choosing your woods for their visual and sonic qualities from among the many beautiful sets available can be an exciting and special experience - for some the realisation of a dream…it can also be a bit of a minefield! As a luthier there is nothing more satisfying than using hard won experience to help a customer towards the choices that best suit what they desire in a guitar - it may not produce wood shavings but it’s a vital part of what makes the finished instrument personal to them.

Whether you order directly from me or from one of my partnership dealers I am always happy to talk through the options. I also build a few guitars each year to my own spec, because I feel inspired by a particular set of wood for instance, or a new idea, a subtle variation, a different look - it’s always worth getting in touch to see what’s ‘on the bench’, it might just inspire you too…

Each Elysian guitar is ‘one of a kind’ and pricing is determined by the choice of woods, materials, finishes and other options specific to each individual instrument.

Tonewoods

BACKS AND SIDES:

Indian, Madagascar, Honduran Rosewood | Mahogany | African Mahogany (Khaya) | Imbuya | Malaysian Blackwood | Claro Walnut | Koa | English Walnut | Cherry | Padauk | Bubinga | Myrtle | Ovangkol

TOPS:

Adirondack, Engelmann, Sitka, Alpine Spruce | Western Red Cedar | Port Orford Cedar | Redwood | Douglas Fir

Finishes

Elysian guitars are available in nitrocelluous lacquer (gloss or satin) or as a hand rubbed oil finish.



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Price range

£2,500 - £6,000

ALL ELYSIAN GUITARS FEATURE:

Scalloped X-bracing for optimum response

Polished unbleached bone nut/saddle

Bound fingerboard to seal fret ends

Grover Tuners

Hiscox hardshell case

OPTIONS & UPGRADES INCLUDE:

Premium tonewoods

Nitrocellulose gloss finish

Cutaway

Pick up systems

Waverly tuners


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How to order

To order an Elysian guitar please contact me to discuss pricing and options and to begin the journey of realising what you see, or hear, in your mind.

For some this process is already well advanced…let work begin! For others it is less clear, harder to define. I am happy to spend time, sift through piles of wood and talk tactics until you choose the instrument or, as sometimes happens, it chooses you…

Making an Elysian takes time. I would expect this to be a minimum of 3 months from starting work, probably more where a gloss finish is involved. Whilst I cannot commit to a specific completion date, I make every effort to keep you informed of it’s progress with updates and photos and to involve you in the process.

My guitars are also available through Ivor Mairants and Intersound Guitars whose wonderfully knowledgeable, friendly staff are always happy to show you what they have in stock or discuss an order.

You can email me directly at: matthew@elysianacoustics.com


Deposit

A non-refundable 30% deposit is required on all orders with full payment due on completion (prior to shipping if applicable). This reserves your choice of wood and build time.

Shipping

Shipping and insurance costs are the responsibility of the customer and are not included in the price of the guitar. Please note that orders from outside the European Union may be subject to domestic duties.

Returns

I want all my customers to be happy with their purchase - in the unlikely event this is not the case the instrument may be returned within a 14 day period IN IT’S ORIGINAL CONDITION for a full refund minus the deposit and shipping costs. If the guitar is not in it’s original condition it will be considered sold and no refund will be issued. Alternatively I will build you another one, in which case the deposit is transferable.

Warranty

All instruments are warranted to the original owner only. The warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship.

The following are not covered by the warranty:

Unauthorised modification

Improper care or use

Accidental damage

Inevitable wear and tear to frets, finish, strings etc acquired through normal use

CITES

Please contact me for an update on CITES regulations if you are based, or thinking of travelling with your guitar, outside the EU. Much of my wood was purchased before the recent tightening of regulations on the movement of certain species but I may be able to provide paperwork if this is an issue.