Welcome to Monson Guitars. Here you will find some of the most unique guitars around. Inspired by The Misfits, specifically Doyle's Annihilator, and the custom guitars they built, I began building guitars in January 2001. I was looking to make something different. Having worked on guitars with bands, including my own, for years and having fifteen years of woodworking experience, I began. With a slab of Black Walnut, I designed and built my first guitar, The Impaler, complete with a coffin case and six handles. A labor of love began. I went on to build many more. I sold a few, but kept many for myself because I ended up liking the sound and feeling more than any of my other guitars. Most of all, they were unique.
Monson Guitars was started in Northern California, near Chico, and is now currently located just outside of Seattle, WA. Over the years, I've developed an arsenal of quality designs to rival anyone. From my early designs to the more recent designs showing my design experience......shaping the future of how you'll see functional and extreme. My guitars are a combination of function and bad ass looks. I try to make all my guitars function well first. It should be comfortable to play, well balanced, sound even better and look unique. I also try to make my guitars affordable. People coming up in the underground should be able to afford them, hence the reason for offering a base model guitar that isn't "loaded". Almost all my guitars are hand-made to order. I do not mass produce guitars. Making expensive novelty guitars is something I try to avoid. I make guitars for people who want to strap 'em on and play! However, it should be said, handmade guitars are more sensitive and responsive than factory guitars.....they have personality and this is why we play them....they have feel and tone. The longer I build guitars, the more I see the guitar industry for what it is. I have no desire to fit in with the guitar industry! I'm just a guy building guitars....no corporate agendas here. I take great pride in my craftsmanship and I'm always working on new and more unique designs. Quality is always a priority and nothing leaves my shop unless it meets my standards. I love to use black walnut as well as cherry because of the tone and sustain, not to mention the beauty. I've got so many designs coming it's ridiculous!.....and that is never going to stop. Many have made Monson guitars a requirement on stage and in the studio. This is where innovation meets old school craftsmanship. Monson guitars, creating guitars that inspire you to create.
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