How Long Does it Take to Build a Guitar?
Each instrument is unique and build-time can vary anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks. Finishing alone can take upward of a month.
Do You Require a Deposit?
Yes, as I am about to commit to your build, this deposit assures me of your commitment so I can move forward with the hours of planning the details of your guitar. Final payment will be billed prior to final shipping.
What is Your Warranty?
Any issues related to the construction of the guitar have a life time warranty. If an issue arises where the care of the instrument was a contributing factor, each instance will be on a per basis situation.
Do Your Guitars Include a Pick Guard?
Yes, of course. That is, if you want one. I really hate to cover-up the beauty of the woods I use, but also understands the long-term care of an instrument. Pick guards can be clear, black, or tortoise.
Do You build Cut-A-Ways?
Yes is the simple answer. However, if you are a purist and understand the science behind an acoustic instrument and how sound is produced, we understand the debate when it comes down to the difference between cut-aways and non-cut-aways in regards to sound quality, sustain, etc. However, for most, having a cutaway allows access to the upper frets and that is where the fun begins.
Zoe Guitar's offer cut-aways in the OM, Dreadnought, and both Jumbo's for both the Select and Ultimate lines. The only model that isn't offered as a cut-away is the Parlor model.
What is a Guitar Scale?
Guitars scales are the distance from the nut to the compensated saddle. Each fret is placed at precise intervals according to the scale chosen. I currently offer 4 scales: Martin long and short, and Gibson long and short. What are the differences? Experts could write dissertations on the subject, but an easy answer would be that finger pickers and lead players might prefer a shorter scale as the individual notes are easier to bend since the shorter scale requires less string tension. Flat pickers and chord players, who typically stay “down the neck”, tend to prefer long-scales. However, this is not set in stone and preference will vary from player to player. What works for you might not be preferable for someone else. The best way to to determine what is best for you is to play the different scales. I have a small showroom where you can demo guitars with different tone woods, scales, neck styles, and string action, to name a few. Otherwise, head down to your local music store, as most have instruments in various scale lengths. Personally, I like small differences between the different scales and can never settle on just one.
Does Your Price Include a Case?
Yes. All build prices include a case. Depending on the model and build quality. You will be offered many options and choose which one best suits you. We do not, under any circumstances, advise using a softshell case. Zoe Guitars uses cases made by the following case builders:
How Do I Take Care of My New Instrument?
This could easily be a very extended answer, but I will give some basics that I require to maintain your warranty. But always use common sense, wisdom, and error on the safe-side.
1. When you receive your shipment, the first 24-48 hours will be some of the hardest to endure. Unfortunately, wood reacts to temperature and humidity. Allowing time for your instrument to become accustomed to your part of the world will help it adjust without unneeded stresses. When your guitar arrives, it must remain in the case for the first 24 hours.
2. When not in use, please place the guitar in it’s case and at a room temperature that doesn’t exceed the temperatures of 65-85 degrees. Preferably, 75 degrees is perfect. Never store your guitar with a capo on the neck.
3. Never, under any circumstances, leave the instrument in hot or cold cars, extreme humidity, either dry or moist climates, or directly in the sun. Drastic temperatures in either direction and drastic sudden changes in humidity are a guitar’s worst enemy.
3. When traveling, always insist on carrying your guitar on board the plane. Even though most cargo areas are pressurized, unseen instrument handling can lead to issues. No one is going to care for your instrument like you do. If traveling by automobile, never leave the instrument, even for a short time, in a locked, enclosed situation. Temperatures raise and lower extremely fast.
4. When changing strings, do so one at a time to allow neck stress to remain constant.
5. When traveling or storing, it’s always best to de-tune the instrument slightly. Never completely taking off “all” of the string tension. Just a step or two usually helps.