Bodies can be made of just about any type of wood, with Mahogany being a favorite of mine.  Below is a list of woods I offer most of the time. I am fortunate enough to build guitars in the mountains where there is regulated tree pruning, logging and processing of lumber. I have access to several mills along with a lumber yard with a 10,000 sq. ft. selection of local and exotic woods. For many reasons I primarily stick with Maple and Mahogany but have built using many others. The only wood I will not work with is cocobolo. This is because glues don’t adhere to it very well and I am allergic to it! (nasty – like breathing in poison ivy saw dust).

Most common wood types (solid or tops)

  1. Mahogany
  2. Alder
  3. Basswood
  4. Zebrawood
  5. Wenge
  6. Maple
  7. Figured Maple
  8. Olive Tree Wood
  9. Canary Wood
  10. Cherry
  11. Walnut
  12. Black Walnut
  13. Blood Wood
  14. Teak
  15. Bubinga




  1. Maple
  2. Mahogany
  3. Three or five-piece Mahogany (unless seeking a extra warm tone, active EMG pickups sound best with soft wood necks)
  4. Three or five-piece Maple (non active pickups sound best with the harder maple necks although using active EMGs will brng even more high mids)
  5. Custom

All wood requests are welcome.

All necks are three-piece opposing grain. I can build using two pieces or even a single piece as well, but I have found three-piece designs to be the most stable over time. Three-piece necks also resist breaking when dropped. Five-piece necks are also built here when requested. Again all requests welcome.


Scallop rear side heel (where the body joins the neck) are optional for all guitars. This makes playing up high much smoother which in turn means less overall fatigue. I found that as I get older less fatigue means longer play times. Some chose traditional heels because it acts as a "road block" telling them where they are on the neck. This is most important while playing without looking at the fingerboard so, even though a scallpoed real heel reduces fatigue, it takes a little getting used to. I will add a picture soon.


I use two-way truss rods in my guitars to allow for adjustments in both directions. This is a bit more important with maple or dense wood necks.


I use all American made components in my electronic cavities. Straight up this means great conductivity, longevity and reliability. Any combination of electronics can be used. One pickup, three pickups, tone switch, no tone switch, kill switches, and split coil. I use all three Dimarzio, Seymore Duncan, Lace and EMG Pickups in AGW guitars. I don’t feel one is better than another, just different. When I build guitars with holes in them, which are mostly stage guitars, I do prefer using EMG pickups. EMGS are naturally brighter and brighten up a light-weight Mahogany guitar. Don’t get me wrong, guitars with holes also sound great and nasty with passive magnet pickups. They have deep growl to them. It’s all in what you prefer.




Nearly all guitars built at AGW are stained and then clear coated with a semi-gloss or satin lacquer finish. This brings back a touch of old-world craftsmanship while placing the guitars in a class of their own,.. appearance wise. When I seek color, I use a colored stain. I do offer a smooth automotive finishe but charge extra for the process because of the additional two days work. I can stain in nearly any color. White and grays are not really a white stain but a bleaching process although I may combine stain to get the desired effect.




For hardware I prefer Schaler, Floyd Rose and Grover. This hardware is offered in all the most common colors available today. In addition I offer 12 different powder coat candy apple options over chrome. I also offer a textured finish.

  • Black
  • Chrome
  • Black Chrome
  • Gold
  • Nickel
  • Red Candy over Chrome
  • Blue Candy over Chrome
  • Green Candy over Chrome
  • Orange Candy over Chrome
  • Purple Candy over Chrome
  • Violet Candy over Chrome
  • Mahogany Candy over Chrome
  • Copper
  • Dark Green Frost
  • Light Green Frost
  • Mahogany Frost
  • Midnight Blue Frost

Other Options

Other otions offered are  7, 8 and 12 string guitars, double neck guitars, and MIDI systems by Roland or Graphtech.

Please contact us for other possible colors and options!