Pricing of Skipper Custom Instruments

Among my dedicated customers are many who once showed that same loyalty to Martin, Gibson,
and many other manufacturers of premium instruments. That new devotion to Skipper instruments
is primarily due to quality, sound, and playability;
Skipper instruments are second to none in these critical areas.

Also important in any buying decision is price. The C.F. Martin company, for example,
builds a fine guitar that has become the industry standard.
The following chart illustrates why a Skipper guitar might be a better choice.

Compare for yourself which Martin product most closely matches the standard Skipper guitar:

Characteristics Martin HD-28 Skipper New Vintage Dreadnought Martin D-28 Authentic 1937
List / Retail Price $3,899 / 3,059 $3,900 / 2,950 $8,599 / 6,899
Hide glue construction Not available Standard Standard
Top Sitka Spruce Adirondack Spruce* Adirondack Spruce
Bracing Scalloped Sitka Spruce Forward-shifted scalloped Adirondack Spruce Forward Shifted scalloped Adirondack Spruce
Back and sides East Indian Rosewood East Indian Rosewood* Madagascar Rosewood
Neck Select Hardwood Genuine Mahogany Genuine Mahogany
Neck reinforcing Adjustable Adjustable plus carbon fiber Adjustable
Body binding Plastic Grained ivoroid celluloid* Grained ivoroid celluloid
Rosette and purfling Multi-line Many choices Multi-line

* or your preference of many other possibilities

Additionally, all Skipper instruments are tap tuned at every stage of construction,
and each step is documented and posted to the website daily. Every instrument is
built by hand, by me, one at a time.

 

The following list prices are in effect as of January, 2017

Several levels of discounts are available. Please inquire for your pricing.

Guitars

My standard guitar has a list price of $3,900 and would include:

Some of the most common options have a list price as follows:

- Custom abalone rosette $ 75 (compare with$319 Martin Custom Shop)
- Abalone top purfling $ 200
- Aging toner on top $ 40 (compare with $275 Custom Shop)
- Fretboard binding $ 90
- Headstock binding $ 75
- Fancy script Skipper logo $ 60
- Snowflakes and diamonds position markers $ 115
- Slotted headstock $ 300 (compare with $731 Custom Shop)
- Sunburst top $ 300
- Alternative back and side woods Actual cost difference (some woods require extra labor)

Again, discounts are available; inquire for your specific pricing.

Other options include the following. Please contact me for details.

  • Other binding and purfling options, including wood or other binding materials, side or back purfling
  • Hardware options, including pickups, finish options, manufacturer options
  • Custom inlay
  • Custom staining or finish options
  • Custom models or styles or physical alterations to current styles
  • Anything I haven't listed

Mandolins

My standard F-style mandolin has a list price of $ 5,195; the standard A-style is priced at $ 3,950. Either would include:

The most common options include:

- Three-ply binding $ 240
- Side purfling $ 180
- Vine-and-wire inlay $ 150
- Fancy script Skipper logo $ 60
- Brass-and-abalone position markers $ 60
- Engraved James tailpiece $ 190
- Waverly tuning machines $ 525

Again, discounts are available; inquire for your specific pricing.

Other options include the following. Please contact me for details.

  • Other binding and purfling options, including wood and abalone
  • Hardware options, including pickups, finish options, manufacturer options
  • Custom inlay
  • Custom staining or finish options
  • Models other than F-style, custom models, or alterations to current models
  • Anything I haven't listed


Violins

My standard violin has a list price of $6,675 and includes:

Here's a link to a violin that was built to these exact specifications: Click here

Again, discounts are available; inquire for your specific pricing.

Ukuleles

My standard ukulele has a list price of $1,320 and includes:

Common options:

- Red spruce top $ 75
- Koa top, back, and sides $ 375
- Slotted headstock $ 150
- Gloss nitrocellulose finish $ 225
- K&K Twinspot pickup $ 115
- Abalone top purfling $ 185
- Large pearl "S" at 12th fret $ 75
- White line accent on neck and headstock $ 90
- Waverly tuning machines $ 115
- Alternative top, back, and side woods Actual cost difference

Again, discounts are available; inquire for your specific pricing.

Double Bass

My double bass has a list price of $12,650 and includes (subject to availability of materials):

  • Fully carved top and back
  • Spruce top
  • Flamed maple back, sides, and neck
  • Ebony fingerboard, nut, and tailpiece
  • Quality brass geared tuning machines
  • Maple bridge
  • Oil varnish finish
  • Padded soft case

Here's a link to a double bass that was built to these exact specifications: Click here

Again, discounts are available; inquire for your specific pricing.

Other Instruments

Almost limitless options available on my other instruments makes them nearly impossible to pre-price. Please inquire with specifics for pricing on any of my other instruments.

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