Instruments | Ordering

The structure, fit, finish and playability should all be flawless in an heirloom instrument. That’s a given. The real craft is in the development of the tone.

I take a very bracing-centric approach to tone, wherein the bracing pattern and the individual tap-tuning of the plates determine the modal movements of the plates and, ultimately, the output of the acoustic system.
Responsive, brittle, rich with overtones; these are the things that make a stand-out instrument.

Lastly, an instrument should be built to outlast you! The glues and materials used, and the methods of construction determine whether the instrument holds up and whether or not longevity-sustaining repairs, such as neck resets, can be done without degradation to the guitar.

The above-mentioned qualities are all non-negotiable. The rest is up to you, the player.

Eric Schaefer

An Eric Schaefer Guitar can be acquired one of three ways:

One: online; by surveying the available instruments at

Two: in person; by making an appointment with Eric to visit his showroom in Bernville, Pennsylvania

Three: Custom Build; by commissioning a custom build through one of Eric’s Custom Build Slots.

In Person

Visiting the showroom introduces you to what Eric has available at the time. If a match between player and instrument is made, then this option can secure a guitar in your hands right now, as opposed to waiting for a commissioned build. This is by appointment only. Drop-ins are not welcome. You can set up an appointment here.

Custom Build Slots

Commissioning allows the player to work collaboratively with Eric on building a bespoke instrument that fits the hands, sensibilities, and desires of the player.

There are currently 2 available Custom Build Slots for the Summer of 2024. Scroll to the bottom of the page to reserve a slot.

Three models start at a base price of $7,300

Dreadnought | Orchestra Model | 000

One model starts at a base price of $5,800

Parlor (Size 1)

The Base Price Includes:

The Soundboard

Choice of Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis), Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), or Honduran Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)

The Braces

Choice of Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis), or Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)

The Back and Sides

Choice of East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), Granadillo (Platymiscium yucatanum), or Honduran Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)

The Neck

Honduran Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)

The Fingerboard and Bridge

Choice of Gabon Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora), or Macassar Ebony (Diospyros celebica)

The Headplate

Ebony or alternate wood of choice

The Rosette

Black and White Purfling Rosette



The End Graft

Ebony, Wedge-Shaped

The Backstripe

Ebony or none

Fingerboard Position Markers

Mother Of Pearl dots (fingerboard face and side)

The Bridge Pins

Ebony with ‘Parisian Eye’

The Saddle

Compensated Bone

The Nut


Tuning Machines

Gotoh 510 Mini Tuners in Cosmo Black or Gold


Evo Gold Jumbo or player’s choice

Fingerboard Radius


Number of Frets to the Body

14 for Dreadnought, Orchestra Model and 000. 12 for Parlor (Size 1)

Nut Width

1 3/4″

Saddle String Spacing

2 5/16″

The Strings

Light Gauge (0.012″, 0.016″, 0.024″, 0.032″, 0.042″, 0.054″) Phosphor Bronze or player’s choice

Hardshell Case

Ameritage Silver Series

The Finish

Hand Rubbed, Polymerized Tung Oil and Linseed Oil (Tru Oil)

Limited Lifetime Warranty


Options Available at Added Cost:


Cutaway (Florentine): $600

ESG2 Bridge Design: $500

ESG2 Headstock Design: $200

The Soundboard

Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens): $350

‘Sinker’ Redwood: $450

German Spruce (Picea abies): $300

Adirondack Spruce (Picea rubens): $300

Other: Inquire

The Back and Sides

Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra): $450

‘Tiger’ Myrtle (Nothofagus cunninghamii): $950

Tasmanian Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon): $350

Koa (Acacia koa): $600

Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa): $500

African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon): $650

Other: Inquire

The Neck

Port Orford Cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana): $400

The Fingerboard and Bridge

Ziricote: $200

Finished Maple: $700

Wenge, for bridge only: $200

The Rosette

Solid Wood Rosette: $200

Radial Wood Rosette: $250

Offset, Radial Wood Rosette: $350

Offset, Radial Wood Rosette embedded in Solid Wood Rosette: $700

Mother Of Pearl Rosette (Includes MOP purfling scheme around soundboard perimeter)

Other: Inquire

Binding, Backstripe, End Graft

Rosewood: No Added Cost

Curly Maple: $100

Koa: $100

Other: Inquire


Dyed Black/White, Dyed Colors or Maple; Top Only: $250

Dyed Black/White, Dyed Colors or Maple; Top, Back and Sides: $850

Mother of Pearl, Top Only (Includes MOP Rosette): $1,800

Other: Inquire

The Bridge Pins

Bone with or without Ebony Dot: $50

Fingerboard Radius:

10″, 12″, 14″, or 16″: $150

Nut Width and Saddle String Spacing

Custom: $550

Tuning Machines

Steinberger Gearless Tuners (Black): $200

Steinberger Gearless Tuners (Gold): $250

Countersunk Tuner Heads/Washers: $150

The Finish

French Polished Shellac: $900

Reserving a Custom Build Slot

  1. Pay the deposit amount ($2,000) to reserve the slot
  2. Eric will contact you directly to guide you through the process of customizing your instrument to your needs.
  3. Eric will keep in touch, and keep you updated until delivery.

Winter 2023 – 2024

*Eric will begin the build in December 2023 and deliver by April 2024


Summer 2024

* Eric will begin the build in June 2024 and deliver by September 2024

2 Spots Available

Custom Build Slot

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