Our History

Inspired by the best instruments from the Golden Era of guitar making.
From our workshop in the music-loving town of Sisters, Oregon we build custom guitars and standard models based on the best American made guitars from the 1930’s. The choice of Grammy-winning flatpick and fingerstyle guitarists alike, Preston Thompson Guitars are among the best acoustic guitars available anywhere, renowned for superior tone, craftsmanship and materials.

Our fine guitars are designed by master guitar luthier, Preston Thompson. Discovered by bluegrass virtuosos Charles Sawtelle and Peter Rowan in the 1980s, Preston has built a reputation for handmade, original vintage style guitars based closely on the measurements and sound quality of those golden era steel string guitars. He got his start building guitars under Charles Fox at the School of the Guitar Research & Design Center in Vermont, one of the first schools for guitar making in North America.

It was during his collaboration with bluegrass great Charles Sawtelle of Hot Rize, that Preston began to gather measurements from Sawtelle’s collection of rare and famous pre-war vintage instruments.

The guitar Preston built for Sawtelle based on these studies became one of his most treasured instruments. And Preston uses his detailed measurements of those instruments to this day to create guitars that are coveted for their superlative sound, the beauty of their materials, and the precision of their construction.


The finest handmade instruments, custom built to your specifications.

Request a Quote today

Our Team

The talented craftsmen behind our guitars

Preston Thompson
Owner and Master Luthier

Gareth Jenkins
Builder & Setup

Simon Haycraft
Inlay, Builder & Finisher

David Peto
Setup & Builder

Kaleb Klein
builder & cnc operator

Jason Hardesty
Finisher

Joel Chadd
Builder & Setup

Peter Daggett
Finish and Builder Trainee

Joe Maloney
Shop Facilities

Dan Stewart
Business Development

Christine Funk
Sales & Production Manager

Recent Guitars

Checkout our latest builds