Crimson Guitars – Boutique Guitars, Tools and Training




At Crimson Guitars we have been building renowned Custom Guitars for 14 years and have worked with such luminaries as Robert Fripp and Charlie Jones.  We also produce a full range of Guitar Building Tools and Luthier’s Supplies, from Fret Leveling Files to Guitar Templates, and Plans.  Our online Guitar Making School, the Guild, has over three hundred free and premium video tutorials to help anyone learn how to build their own guitar or bass.




Crimson Custom Guitars

Master Luthier Ben Crowe draws heavily on his training in building baroque violins and Viola da Gambas but has spent the last decade and more expanding his skills to encompass the disciplines of engineering and modern design.  A custom guitar, or even a guitar building tool or online course, is not just about construction methods or individual components, it is about passion and a slavish attention to detail and ergonomics.

Production Guitars

The Artist Series

  • Premium range of entirely UK built production guitars
  • First class tone-woods throughout with superb solid figured tops and backplates
  • Schaller hardware, the best available
  • The best of British craftsmanship and design in one guitar
  • Seymour Duncan or House of Tone pickups

The One Series

  • Part of a range of entirely UK built production guitars
  • Entry level but with impeccable attention to detail
  • Premium tone-woods throughout
  • UK designed Wilkinson hardware

Luthier’s Supplies & Guitar Making Tools

A guitar builder has to have the best specialist guitar making tools.  Over the past few years our small team at Crimson Guitars have been building up a large range of bespoke tools and jigs, templates and plans and general luthiers supplies. We make custom guitar kits, bodies and necks in our Dorset, UK workshops, including our new range of Cigar Box Guitars by Litterbug Guitars.

Guitar Building Courses, Tutorials & Forums

In our luthiers guild and forums you can join thousands of other guitar makers as they learn the craft of luthiery.  Ben has filmed hundreds of video tutorials focusing on every stage of building a custom guitar, most of them are free to view with a premium membership available for exclusive videos and an online guitar building course.



Workshop Diary

Throughout each working day we post photo’s of every phase of every build, you can see each hand made guitar grow from timber to tunes live or at weeks end through the Workshop Diary! Why not contact us to discuss your idea of the perfect stringed instrument, we do love a challenge.