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Daniel Slaman Sisterhood Series

An Introduction To Daniel Slaman

Luthier Daniel Slaman has reached a rarified place of mastery, and his exquisite instruments are unique in the world in that they capture not just the essence of the original archtop guitars, but also the promise of the design itself. We are excited to have crossed paths with Daniel Slaman at this stage in his career, and proud to offer his instruments through CR Guitars...

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FullerBlaster Supreme!

In this video, brilliant guitarist Jostein Gulbrandsen demonstrates an uber-gorgeous Johan Gustavsson FullerBlaster Custom. Take a look, and be prepared to be significantly infatuated!

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Thorn Artisan

Six Thorn Artisans

Thorn enthusiasts everywhere now have a rare opportunity to acquire a Thorn Artisan Single Florentine Cut - a spectacular guitar that leaves us speachless. This is the first time in 8 years that a new Artisan SFC can be ordered/purchased and they are available exclusively through CR Guitars in a limited run of 6. These beauties have features never seen before on an SFC including body/fretboard binding, crown inlays, vintage-correct body construction, and 10° headstock angle and have a limited set of customizable options. Classic hardware and electronic combinations, timeless finishes in ultra-thin nitrocellulose lacquers, and peerless Thorn construction & attention to detail, these guitars mark the triumphant return of the Artisan Single Florentine Cut model. Order yours today!

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.

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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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:

Collings Custom Aged I35LC, Vintage Sunburst


Collings Waterloo 14LTR


Collings Waterloo 14XTR


Lentz Trad. T w/ Reserve Options, 2014


Collings OM3G-Varnish, Preowned 2014


Thorn SoCal, Preowned 2013


Marc Beneteau Super Jumbo, Preowned


Collings CL Custom Standard Aged Goldtop


Johan Gustavsson Fullerblaster - Preowned


Collings D2H BaaaA Brazilian, Preowned 2005


Leonardo Buendia OM Cutaway


Collings SoCo Custom Deluxe Spruce - Preowned


Lentz T Style Reserve Hyde Park - Preowned 2013


PRS Private Stock Archtop II with Piezo


Yanuziello Electric Dark Autumn Burst, Preowned


Tom Ribbecke Custom Monterey, Preowned


Blackbird Rider Nylon String PTV


Carr Impala Custom Slub & Slate Grey


Jason Kostal OO Madagascar Rosewood


Lowden S35 WA/RC 2015

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