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Since 1946
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(218) 341-3661
Nielsen Custom Guitars
4711 Woodland Avenue
Duluth, MN  55803

Copyright © 2019 Nielsen Custom Guitars, S.C. All rights reserved

NIELSEN CUSTOM BUILDS

CUSTOM ARCHTOPS

 

THERE ARE THREE ARCHTOP MODELS  TO CHOOSE FROM:

• SKYLINE

• HARBOR MASTER

• PORT AUTHORITY

You'll find descriptions and examples below.  Customers are encouraged to request their own specifications.  Bodies can be made either fully acoustic or semi-acoustic.  Unless otherwise specified, archtops are made from spruce, maple and ebony.  I don't 'build ahead' so there is no 'inventory' to pick off the rack. (That's what Guitar Center is for...) Your guitar will be hand-built by me, for you.

SKYLINE

Skyline

Compact size, precision craftsmanship

  • 14" lower bout

  • 2 3/16" sides

  • 25” Scale, 12” radius neck

  • Three-piece flamed maple neck

  • Select flamed maple sides and back

  • Three-ply bound body, neck and headstock

  • Bound f-holes

  • Custom fan inlay design in ebony fretboard

  • Gold Grover Super Rotomatic tuners

  • Fireburst finish

  • All appointments in Madagascar Ebony

  • Kent Armstrong custom made 12-pole PAF HB pickups

  • 2 volume, 2 Tone controls

  • Custom-fitted hardshell case

HARBOR MASTER

Harbor Master

Semi-Acoustic with body-mounted pickup

  • 15" lower bout

  • 2 5/8" sides

  • 25” Scale, 12” radius neck

  • Three-piece flamed maple neck

  • Select flamed maple sides and back

  • Three-ply bound body, neck and headstock

  • Bound f-holes

  • Ebony finger rest

  • Schaller Gold/Ebony mini tuners

  • Honeyburst lacquer finish

  • Vintage Goldtop with burst

  • All appointments in Madagascar Ebony

  • Kent Armstrong custom made Mini HB pickups

  • Push/Pull coil splitting tone knobs

  • Blend pot

  • Bigsby B6 - Gold

PORT AUTHORITY

Port Authority

Full acoustic with floating pickup

  • 16" lower bout

  • 2 5/8" sides

  • 25” Scale, 12” radius neck

  • Three-piece flamed maple neck

  • Select flamed maple sides and back

  • Three-ply bound body, neck and headstock

  • Bound f-holes

  • Ebony finger rest

  • Grover Imperial tuners

  • Amber lacquer finish

  • All appointments in Madagascar Ebony

  • Kent Armstrong custom made HB pickup

  • Nielsen integrated circuit controls

  • Cedar Creek Custom-fitted hardshell case

NATE BROWN

SIGNATURE SKYLINE

Nate Brown Signature Skyline

Semi-Acoustic with body-mounted pickup

  • 14" lower bout

  • 2 3/16" sides

  • 25” Scale, 12” radius neck

  • Three-piece flamed maple neck

  • Select flamed maple sides and back

  • Three-ply bound body, neck and headstock

  • Bound f-holes

  • Bound finger rest

  • Schaller Gold/Ebony mini tuners

  • Honeyburst lacquer finish

  • All appointments in Madagascar Ebony

  • Kent Armstrong custom made Mini HB pickup

  • Nelson Palen integrated circuit controls

  • Cedar Creek Custom-fitted hardshell case

Endorser Nate Brown performs 'They Can't Take That Away From Me'

CUSTOMER-DESIGNED

The sky's the limit! I'll work with you to make your dream come true. There are a couple examples shown below of customer-designed guitars. These are NOT 'production' guitars. Each is a one-time build.  Customize your one-of-a-kind Guitar today.   

 

Call me! (218) 341-3661. Tell me about your dream guitar.....   Dale Nielsen

CCL CUSTOM DECO

CCL Custom Deco

Commissioned by Cody Lindsey

 

Retro deco design, reminiscent of the 50s & 60s

  • 13" lower bout

  • 1 3/4" Thickness

  • 25” Scale, 12” radius neck

  • Three-piece reinforced Honduras Mahogany neck

  • 'Korina' (African White Limba) body

  • Single-ply bound neck and headstock

  • Duesenberg Vibrato

  • Push/Pull coil splitting tone controls

  • Graph Tech Ratio tuners

  • Pelham Blue lacquer finish

  • Madagascar Ebony fretboard with 'Super 400' inlays

  • Guitar Fetish plug 'n play HB pickups

  • Tone Pros roller bridge

  • Cedar Creek Custom-fitted hardshell case

TWISTED BIRD

Twisted Bird

Commissioned by Eric Filipovich

  • Firebird design with reversed headstock

  • 42" Overall Length - the body is 10% oversized from the Gibson brand.  The guitar fits nicely in a bass case!

  • 1 3/4" Thickness

  • 25” Scale, 12” radius neck

  • Three-piece flamed maple neck

  • Korina body

  • Banjo tuners

  • Vintage Blonde lacquer finish

  • Madagascar Ebony Fretboard

  • Dimarzio pickups

VARIOUS CUSTOM WORK

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