Guitar Builds

What makes a Tom Lyons Guitar?

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Primavera. Mahogany. Maple. Sapele. Cocobolo. Rosewood. Wenge. And many others. Sometimes a one piece body, sometimes a 2 piece. If it is a 2 piece, the grain will match like it was meant to be that way. I try to use single piece bodies whenever I can but finding a nice piece 13 inches wide is getting pretty tough these days and is guaranteed to pull a premium price. My preference is the double cut with a set neck. Dare to be different. A classic shape, that can be massaged in so many ways.

Block inlay on a rosewood fretboard

A couple of mahogany neck blanks

A chunk of maple ready for resawing to become tops

Bound cocobolo headstock

Prototype neck

S style in primavera

S style headstock cocobolo onlay


Getting the bridge placed


Hand cut fretboards

Test fitting a neck

Hollow body glue-up

Primavera body with a claro walnut back and fresh cut pick guards


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Soon to be neck for a neck-thru bass

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