Zoe guitars are designed and handcrafted by passionate luthier Shawn Weimer in his Southern California workshop. Each of his high-end creations is one-of-a-kind and made from rare and exotic woods that meet his very high standards. Ordering a custom Zoe Guitar is an exclusive experience you will never forget!
The word Zoe in Greek means ‘life’ – but more than that. It means to live in a fuller sense; to live abundantly. The mission of Zoe Guitars is to invite the amateur player or professional performer to live and breathe their music more fully; to draw them into a greater musical abundance. No machine can match the life breathed into a hand built guitar by an artisan craftsman.
Before work on any new custom guitar begins, Shawn dreams about its birth. How will it be different from anything he’s already done? How will it challenge his skill and be uniquely formed into a new creation never seen or heard before? Who will play it and how will they hope to express themselves through it?
To Shawn, each new handmade acoustic guitar is in a very real sense a new life – built to draw its player into a new level of creativity and ability. These are Shawn’s dreams and what drives him in his workshop each day.
Woods are chosen for each guitar for their tonal qualities, arresting appearance and durability. Some come from the hearts of large old trees cured at the bottom of deep, cold lakes for centuries. Others were found in remote southern-hemisphere jungles or Pacific Northwest rain forests. Wherever they’re sourced, Shawn settles for nothing less than the very best and most unique.
Perhaps you desire the full, warm sound of the strummer’s dream, named for the British battleship ‘Dreadnought’?
Maybe the mellow, warm, but larger volume Mid-Jumbo SJ45' slope-shouldered dreadnought’?
Is Elvis’s large, mellow, king of the flat-tops and flat-picker’s delight Super Jumbo your dream?
Or the short-scale, lightning-fast Orchestra Model (OM), a finger-pickers delight and a blues players preference to to cut through the mix?
Maybe the smaller, travel-sized Parlor with an insanely cool, large voice designed by CF Martin over 100 years ago?
If you feel something calling you to elevate your music to the next level, and you are ready to step up and step out, maybe it’s time to start playing a custom, exclusive, one-of-a-kind guitar.
Your music is unique and your persona has to separate you from the hoards of sameness. A custom, handmade Zoe guitar can help you step through the threshold and truly stand out from the crowd.
Perhaps now is the time to begin playing and living more abundantly with a beautiful new creation from Zoe Guitars.
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I want to thank all the people over the years who I’ve met and who have been a part of my success. Without all of you, this journey would have been a glass half-full. Especially, to the musicians that have trusted me and my art enough to allow my instruments to be a part of your brand.
After a lot of contemplation and going back-and-forth, I’ve decided to retire at the end of June. The decision is definitely bittersweet, but feel like the timing is perfect to pursue the next chapter. Thank you!