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#9 / Cioni Flamenco Guitar / Spruce Top / Flamed Maple Back and Sides / Spanish Cedar Neck with carbon fiber reinforcement bar /

#8 / Bray Cioni Classical Guitar /

#7 / Bray – Cioni Flamenco Guitar / Cedar Top / Cypress Back and Sides

#6 / Bray – Cioni Classical Guitar / Cedar Top / Rosewood Back and Sides

#5 / Flamenco Guitar / based on Marcello Barbero 1952 Flamenco / Spruce top / Myrtle back and sides / Spanish Cedar neck with ebony stripes / Ebony fingerboard / Hand made rosette and solid wood veneer inlays

#4 / Cigar Box Uke / Blue / Soprano Scale / Oak Neck / No Truss Rod

#3 / Cigar Box Uke / Red / Concert Scale / Oak Neck / No truss rod

#2 / Cigar Box Guitar / Green / Walnut Neck / No truss rod

#1 / Bass wood ukulele Bocote Fretboard / Original Design / Orange Stain / Spiral Sound hole

Steel String Guitars

Dreadnaught Steel String honeyburst top

Modern American-Made guitars, hand built to last, multiple brace design options, and custom top thicknesses.

For musicians who want their guitar to make as big of a statement as their music. A custom guitar will provide focused reliable projection and remarkably accurate intonation that doesn’t falter. My instruments are built for demanding performance and only get better in time.

Base prices include standard wood options, tuners, and hard case.

$1,500  / student model

$2,500  / recording model

$4,000  / Professional model

Bracing Options: V-Bracing, modified Fan Bracing, or X_Braces

New dreadnought models are now available. Inquire about my new designs if you’re looking for an ultra modern acoustic guitar.

Archtops

Sunburst Archtop

Sculpture in the form of a guitar. A true luxury for those players with discriminating taste in quality instruments.

My archtops are shaped and constructed entirely by hand and are heavily based on the guitars designed by D’Angelico, Benedetto, and Monteleone. My guitars are built to provide a lifetime of reliable performance and incredible resonance. The Imperial 18″ solid wood guitar is surprisingly light weight and the smaller 17″ and 16″ models are hand carved solid wood guitars with very rich bass and excellent balance in the treble and mid range. The joinery and construction of archtop guitars does vary in some ways from their relatives in the violin family, but just like the violins of the old masters, my archtops are built to live on for generations.

Email to place order / Base prices listed below (includes hard-shell case)

16″  $3,500  / Troubadour

17″  $4,000  / Paramount

18″  $5,000  / Imperial

Base Price listed includes:

Spruce top / Flamed Maple back, sides, and neck / Ebony Fretboard, Tailpiece, and Finger rest / Kent Armstrong Floating Humbucker / Grover Imperial Tuners

New A-Symetrical “Ace” Body Shapes are now available / Inquire via email for options and pricing.

Violin varnish finishes are available on archtop guitars upon request.

Standard finishes are either nitrocellulose lacquer or water-based lacquer. Sunburst, translucent color, and natural finishes can all be customized or tinted in an almost limitless color spectrum.

Limited Lifetime Warranty for all Cioni Guitars.

Classical / Flamenco

Classical Guitar

The traditional guitar as it’s been made since the time of Antonio de Torres.

Classical and flamenco guitars can be used for any style of music. There are differences in  each guitar due to different types of wood, bracing, inlay, and binding details. My handmade guitars feature a French Polish finish, exceptional tonal and dynamic reserve, and a comfortable standard setup.

Base prices include standard wood options, tuners, and hard case.

$2,500 / Student Model base price (light or dark wood – (limited material options)

$3,500  / Light Wood Guitars base price (Traditional for Flamenco)

Light wood guitars usually have more punch in the fundamental tone when plucked or strummed and less harmonic sustain with moderate “percussiveness.” I prefer to use Flamed Maple for the back and sides with a Spruce top.

$4,500  / Dark Wood Guitars base price(Traditional for Classical)

$6,500 / Double top (all Spruce, all Cedar, or Combination with Nomex) Dark or Light wood back and sides. There are many other variables which can be modified.

Dark wood guitars usually have clear bell like tonal character with slightly more note separation and more harmonic sustain which helps to fill out melodic passages and gives the guitar a characteristic “darkness” or “mystery” to the tone and sustain.

Walnut is becoming my preferred wood for classical guitar backs and sides due to its local availability, tonal qualities, and richness of color. There are many options for tone woods and costs will vary for most species. The traditional woods such as Indian Rosewood, Ebony, and Brazilian Rosewood are suffering from deforestation and there are many tree species in danger of extinction. I will continue to use these traditional woods on a limited basis while trying to promote the use of more sustainable materials without compromising the quality of my instruments.

Bracing options vary and can be custom ordered. I also provide new bracing designs specially developed for increased projection, tonal color, dynamic responsiveness and reserve. Some bracing and top options including; fan bracing, transverse bar with fan, lattice bracing, double tops, standard single tops, and v bracing.

Ask about my new bracing designs for more information. Demonstration videos and audio recordings are forthcoming.

Ukuleles

Tenor Uke

Inspired by the sound of waves and the tropical melodies of Hawaii. These Ukes pack a serious punch and rich deep tones that most players don’t expect from a small instrument.

The secret is in the construction. Each Uke is carefully assembled using the same master grade materials as the finest classical and flamenco guitars as well as exotic mahogany and koa (based on availability). Hide glue assembly is optional.

The lightness of these ukes is the key to their potent tone and responsiveness. There are few experiences more satisfying than picking up an instrument that jumps to life at the slightest touch of a string and effortlessly projects more volume than should be possible from a small seemingly simple instrument.

Base prices include standard wood options, tuners, and case.

$800  / Soprano

$1100  / Concert

$1500 / Tenor

$1800  / Bass

Select from available instruments or email to place a custom order.

Prices on custom instruments start at the base price with standard options. Prices will vary depending on material choices and other changes to the design.