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Guitars on Parade

New Guitar Alert!

Lately we're experiencing a period of fullness - but it isn't indigestion. No, it is a shop full of brand new guitars. Lentz, Collings, Marchiones, Tylers, Lowdens and many more, even some of the infrequent builds - they are arriving now at quite a clip. In the next few weeks we'll be adding guitars to our site as fast as possible, but you might want to give us a call to find out what's coming in. Browse around as we add these guitars to our stock and consider paying us a visit in Rhinebeck to view the abundance first hand.

Ramos Thunderbolt

Ramos Custom Guitars

Chances are you already know about Dominick Ramos because of his legendary hand-made guitar pickups. They can be found in some of the greatest instruments built in America and abroad. They combine tone that can only be achieved when a pickup is custom wound for a specific guitar, with the beauty of materials chosen for the guitars color scheme and design motif. Over the years Dominick has built many instruments for some of the best musicians around. Virtually all of them were one-of-a-kind custom built instruments made to order for a specific player’s needs. But that was then. Dom and his partner, Michael West, are now designing a line of instruments that can be made in small batches of six or eight at a time. They’ll have all the beauty, playability and tone that his custom guitars are known for, while being available at a price point that should please professional players and collectors alike. We at CR Guitars couldn't be more pleased to have Ramos Custom Guitars come aboard!

Baranik Parlor Guitar

Baranik Guitars, Now at CR

We couldn't be more pleased to announce that we are now carying Baranik Guitars. Our first example, a Retreux Parlor Guitar is a small body beauty that turns out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing, with suprising clarity and volume that seems contrary to its small size. Mike Baranik attended the Roberto-Venn school of Luthiery in Phoenix, AZ in 1993 and later moved on to an apprenticeship with the school’s main instructor, John Reuter. Mike then worked at an exotic wood supplier while setting up his own shop and business in 1997 and debuted his acoustic guitars at the Healdsburg show the same year. Every year since, his business has continued to grow and gain exposure by word of mouth and by displaying his work at guitar festivals including Healdsburg, Newport, Woodstock and NAMM. Mike's guitars exhibit his immense dedication to creating acoustics filled with elegance and a true designer's edge.

Cornish Pedals

Cornish Pedals - a new batch is in

We have received a new batch of Cornish pedals and wanted to let you know as they will very likely be going fast. Pete Cornish's client list is a who's who of rock 'n roll history, from David Gilmore to Brian May to Paul McCartney, they're music's elite. Pete originated many of the pedal designs with which we are all so familiar. The thing about Cornish devices is they are roadworthy on a military-grade level. From the beginning they had to be because of who Pete tended to work for. His devices aren't gimmicks, they're the completely hand-wired full-out real ORGANIC thing. And the noise issue that we're all familiar with in commercial pedals is just gone on the Cornish devices.

We have the full lineup in stock, including both the grey box and battery free versions so simply SEND US AN EMAIL to reserve yours now.

Park Top Mount

Park Amps, Now at CR Guitars

Good things happen! And Park Amps is one of those good things. We couldn't be more pleased to announce that Park Amps can now be obtained at CR Guitars. Many of you know that Park amps were a classic back in their day. And now, thanks to the recognition that a good idea can be good again, they are being re-created in all their glory as new amp builds with the same old spark as before. That's right, Park amps are newly manufactured guitar amps that faithfully recreate the sound, feel and look of some of the best British made amps from the 1960s and 1970s. The first available amps use the traditional 45 and 50 circuits that have been made classic on so many of the best blues and rock recordings from the 1960s through the present. The man behind Park is Mitch Colby who had a 30 year relationship with two of the most iconic British amp companies. Make no mistake, these amps are re-created faithfully, down to the hard-to-find NOS parts and tried and true tube circuits. That's the only way Mitch Colby would have it. Thanks Mitch!

Manzer Metheny Signature

Manzer Metheny Signature Comes To CR Guitars

CR Guitars is honored to be chosen as the USA dealer for the Manzer-Metheny Signature 6 Limited Edition model guitar. These guitars reach to the very depths of our concept of hand selected. Out of the limited stock of 30 guitars, Linda Manzer will personally chose special examples specifically for CR Guitars. We've said it before but it bears repeating - what a great time to be alive!

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Johan Gustavsson Guitars

Gustavssons That Graced Our Shop

A rare set of Gustavssons came through CR Guitars recently and we wanted to take this opportunity to give you a look at these wonderful guitars. Like many luthiers, Johan Gustavsson can only produce a certain number of guitars a year and with sky high demand it is indeed a special day when one Gustavsson, let alone a set of four arrives at our doorstep. They've all been sold, but for those of you who like to torture yourselves with what could have been (and what could be in the future if you contact us) here's a great spead of luxurious photos to drool over. SWEET DREAMS!

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Colby dtb

Colby Comes To CR Guitars

Our customers share something in common with Mitch Colby of Colby Amplification; caring deeply about tone. After a 40 year career based around amplifiers Mitch started Colby Amplification with a desire to produce the very best possible tube guitar amplifiers, amplifiers that have been designed with tone as the number one focus. Period. Everything possible is done to keep the signal path pure, all tube, and sounding great. With that kind of approach we at CR guitars felt that Colby was a great candidate for our limited lineup of amps. Indeed, Colby's creations fit perfectly with our hand-selected ethic - they are boutique all the way!

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acoustic guitars

Acoustics, Hand Selected for You

We here at CR Guitars have done quite a lot of research on our selection of acoustic guitars. They're a rare cross section of instruments hand selected to appeal to a very special breed of guitar buyers - our customers. You see, we don't just select great acoustic guitars - there are plenty of those. We select exceptional acoustic guitars that have characteristics that will make them particularly noteworthy, not only for an acoustic player but for the electric musician. From specific neck shapes and body styles to incredible playability, we look for the acoustics that will knock an electrics player's socks off. A quick glance at our lineup should be pretty convincing - we carry, now or in the future, acoustics by: Collings, George Lowden, Raymond Kraut, Jason Kostal, Michi Matsuda, Joe Veillette and of course the oh-so-flexible Blackbirds. So take a look. We think you'll be surprised.

Featured Items:

Johan Gustavsson Fullerblaster Custom


John Buscarino Custom Prodigy


Collings CL Custom Standard GoldTop


1959 Gibson ES-345TD


Sadowsky Brazilian Rosewood T-style Preowned


Collings I-35 LC Custom Faded Cherry


Thorn Deluxe Koa - Preowned

Thorn koa deluxe-02

Stephen Marchione Deep Amber Mahogany VT


James Tyler Black Classic


James Tyler Burning Water


Park Limited Edition Top Mount 45


James Tyler Burning Water Y2K 2015


Collings Eastside LC Custom Faded Crimson


Peggy White Premier Model


Dominick Ramos - Thunderbolt


Raymond Kraut Modified Dreadnought


Baranik Retreux Parlor Guitar


Collings SoCo Gold Custom Standard


Don Grosh Retro Classic Hollow T Style


Collings 290 Custom


Steven Fryette Aether


LsL Rosewood Neck Saticoy


PRS Martin Simpson Private Stock

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