Here are the various options available
for Worland Guitars:
In addition to my standard models I can also build custom shapes
such as parlor, 00, vintage Gibson, or any other custom shape that you might want.
There are a great variety of tone woods available
today. Any combination of woods will make a great sounding guitar
but different woods will affect the sound in subtle, sometimes
profound ways. I am always open to using unique woods as well as wood supplied by
The top wood has the greatest effect on sound and
playability. Stiffer woods like spruce will tend to sound brighter
but take more effort to play. Cedar is softer and mellower. For
more information on the various top woods available click on the
Back and side wood can be made from just about anything
and has a secondary affect on tone. Heavier woods like rosewood
are more bass-ey while lighter woods like mahogany have a lighter, more airy
sound. Walnut and koa are in between the two. Maple tends to sound
bright. For more information on the various back woods available
click on the backs
and sides link.
For my standard binding I use either curly maple
or Indian rosewood. A custom material like koa or Brazilian rosewood
is available for an additional price.
For that vintage look a red purfling line adds interesting
A mother of pearl or abalone rosette adds some sparkle
to the top and can also be used as purfling around the top edge for a really spectacular look.
To really add sparkle and a custom look nothing beats
the look of abalone around the top.
For added comfort, a Grit Laskin style beveled armrest really helps with your picking hand.
A wedge shaped body, called the Manzer Wedge, is thinner at the top and
fatter at the bottom which places the guitar more comfortably on your body. This really helps if you have hand or arm pain when you play.
Twelve string versions can be made of any model.
The scale length can be shortened slightly to accommodate concert
pitch tuning without putting undue stress on the top.
A cutaway top allows access to the higher frets while
affect on tone is minimal.
A sharp cutaway is also available.
Slotted peg heads look nice on vintage style instruments or to give your guitar a more traditional look.
For custom tuning machines I charge only for the
price of the machines themselves. I can use what ever machines you prefer.
Gold tuners dress up a guitar and look especially
nice with ebony buttons.
Adding binding to the fingerboard and peghead dresses
the guitar up. It usually looks best if it matches the body binding for a more
If there is a particular neck shape that is comfortable
to you I can duplicate it as closely as possible. Measurements
or templates can be made from an existing neck or just a good
description of how it feels may be enough.
A clear mylar pick guard protects the top with a
minimum of affect on the tone and look of the guitar.
For a traditional look, slotted diamonds and squares are popular. Simple dots and
snowflake inlay are also options.
If there is something custom you would like on the
finger board you can either send a photo or I can sketch something
The traditional torch inlay was used on Martin D-45’s
and can be put on either a slotted or solid peg head.
To really give the guitar a custom look, a hand cut
inlay on the peg head will make your guitar truly unique. You
can either send a picture, a rough sketch, or just give me some
idea of what you want. I can draw up an example of how it will
look and we can take it from there.
The harp guitar featured here includes just about
every option I offer and is a good example of a highly customized
instrument designed in close collaboration with the customer.
If there is anything custom
that is not listed here, just ask and I can quote you a price.