Pre War Guitars
A different kind of vintage-style guitar
Pre War Guitars was founded on the basis of building a different kind of vintage-inspired guitar; one that has the sound, the feel, and the look to match the glorious classics that were made in the late 1930s. As founders Wes Lambe and Ben Marschal put it: “to us it’s simple. We love perfectly setup, adjustable, old sounding, and old/beat up looking guitars, and that’s exactly what we make”. And at Kauffmann’s Guitar Store we salute them for doing so. Their guitars are truly something else.
A dreadnought cannon that uses no endangered species. It has a big bark, but lots of warmth as well. The chords are sweet, and the single notes are punchy and warm. Granadillo looks very similar to old growth brazilian, more so than a lot of new rosewood. The bottom four strings are almost indiscernible from brazilian tonally, the top two strings have more of a mahogany-meets rosewood punch and warmth.
There is something romantic about a guitar that has been well-loved, played often, and bears all the marks to prove it. Because, after all, a guitar that is played often, must be a good guitar, right? Unfortunately, most guitars that do have this authentic vintage sound, look, and feel were built in the 1930s, which means that playing them requires careful tune ups and repairs rather frequently. Pre War Guitars went out to tackle exactly this problem; to make guitars which are perfectly set up, adjustable, old sounding, and old looking.
The company was founded by Wes Lambe and Ben Marschal in 2014, following decades of researching and repairing both new and vintage guitars. Both founders bring a rather impressive set of skills to the table. Wes came up in the guitar world by building seven- and eight-
string fanned-fret guitars for clients including Charlie Hunter, David Crosby, Nels Cline, and Pat Metheny. Ben, after becoming obsessed with acoustic guitars in high school, graduated from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 2001, and went on to building and repairing guitars in his garage. Ben later gained a reputation for his vintage-instrument expertise while he was working for mandolin master Tony Williamson. As fate would have it, Ben and Wes connected through their deep passion for pre war guitars, and began their company to create new interpretations of the well-loved and heavily played guitars they were so passionate about. Their appreciation for authenticity, combined with their technical expertise allows them to build instruments that truly look and sound like they were built in the 1930s, but are built to live long, healthy lives.
The new vintage guitars
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We will ship your product within two working days after we have received your order. We use this time make sure that your new guitar, pedal or amp leaves the shop in the best possible condition. For more see our Shipping page.
When buying a new product from us, you are covered by a 2-year warranty period (as stated by the European guideline “Buy & Warranty”). The product(s) you buy from us are therefore expected to be free from failures for 2 years, used under normal circumstances. For more see our Warranty page.
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