I do not build stock guitars. Each instrument is unique but based on an established platform. I build every guitar myself from start to finish. When I build my guitars I am not striving to achieve "my sound." Instead, I try to bring out the best sound in each instrument. I have found that each piece of wood is different and has its own sound. The playability of the instruments is a high priority for me, and I feel that my set-ups are second to none. The following is a description of the process used to create my guitars.


These guitars are built using traditional materials and techniques that include fully hand tap-tuned top and back plates. Options are only limited by availability of material. My guitars can be designed to suit specific needs based on how they will be used. For example recording, playing clubs, big band situations, etc. In addition, custom molds or shapes can be created.

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SHB Style is a construction technique I created. Any solid body guitar style can have the SHB Style construction. These guitars look like solid body instruments but are constructed using elements of archtop guitar design. This type of construction makes these guitars light weight and gives them more acoustic qualities. The end result is a guitar that has the tone of a heavy solid body guitar without the weight. My method for creating these guitars takes them way beyond chambering. Chambering just to make a guitar light tends to weaken the tone. I know this may be a simple explanation of these guitars, so please feel free to contact me for more information.

Although the SHB Style guitars can have the look of a more traditional solid body guitar with a headstock and tuners, I found that the headless system enhances the playability. Due to the reduced weight of the SHB guitars, not having a headstock balances the guitar much better enabling the guitarist to play more comfortably for longer periods especially while standing.
NOTE: Hardware for the headless system is rare and availability changes on a regular basis.  Therefore, it is impossible to guarantee that the hardware shown on the guitar samples will be available. However, I am always on the lookout for new sources for headless systems.

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BASE PRICES (as of April 21, 2010 )

Archtops -- $4,500.00
SHB Styles -- $3,500.00

Prices are subject to change.

Prices will vary according to the materials, finishes, components and amount of details chosen.
Please contact me directly to discuss your preferences and to get a quote.


When ording, a deposit is required based on the guitar specifications. The price quote will not change unless changes are made to the original order. Once a quote is given, a contract detailing the instrument will be drawn up and signed by both parties. Payment can be personal check or bank cashiers check made out to Curtis Scoons. The remaining balance is due upon completion of the instrument. The guitar will be shipped once the final payment has cleared.


All shipping and insurance costs are the responsibility of the customer. This includes any returns.


You will have a 72-hour approval period once you receive the completed instrument. If you are not satisfied, a refund minus the deposit amount will be given. The customer will be responsible for the cost of return shipping, including freight insurance. The guitar must be returned in the same condition to receive a refund. If the guitar can be sold within a six-month period of time, the deposit amount will be refunded as well. Orders cancelled during construction will not be refunded until the instrument is completed and sold.


All Curtis Guitars come with a limited lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship to the original owner. Normal wear and tear is not covered.




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