James White Classical Guitars

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I build only a few classical guitars each year, I take my time and focus all of my attention on every tiny detail, for me it is a labor of love.


In 1977 I was very fortunate when Luthier Jeffrey R. Elliott took my under his wing. Jeff is internationally renowned for his exquisite classical guitars, he guided and inspired me, patiently and graciously sharing his gentle wisdom and closely held secrets of building and repairing fine classical and steel-stringed instruments. Over the years I have finely honed my craft and technique and evolved my own unique style and methods.


Like most artisans who work with wood I am very picky about my tools and my materials. I am always looking for that perfect set of woods. I have tops and backs and sides that I have hoarded for over thirty years. They are just waiting for the right time. I pride myself on my inlay work and I welcome challenges and the opportunity to create something truly unique for you. My goal is to build an elegant and wonderful sounding instrument.


My classical instruments all share common traits, they are deftly responsive, subtle yet commanding, articulate, and beautiful. We start there, then together we select materials that combined well become your perfect guitar.





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