Memorial Fund

The Preston Thompson

Young Musicians Memorial Fund

We wanted to create something for the future of Thompson guitars in Preston’s honor. His excitement for young players was a deciding factor for us to create a fund to get a Thompson guitar in the talented hands of several young musicians each year.

We build higher-end handcrafted guitars, which are usually out of reach of a young player just starting out their career.  Many times Preston wished we could have generously gifted a guitar, but the challenge for a young growing company to be successful is watching our costs and juggling cash flow.

Since Preston’s passing we have had several people ask how they can help our company and honor Preston.  Making funds available to pay for the material & labor costs only in order to gift several guitars a year to up and coming musicians, seemed like a great fit.  Preston would have loved this idea and we look forward to reaching our goal of providing (1-2) standard D-MA’s in 2019.  We have several players in mind.

Here is a little video of him talking about him passing on his skills to the shop crew and supporting the next generation of players.  Preston was proud of all our featured players even if very early on in their careers.

If you are interested in helping us add to the fund, please send a donation via the donate button below or send a note to

We will be tracking the donations to pay for materials and labor for several D-MA’s this year and sending out a note about who the recipients will be as the fund gets established.

(i) Thompson Guitars will not be taking any of the donations for itself; and (ii) that it will not be making any profit whatsoever on the gift guitars.  (iii) We will wait for the funds to collect for the first guitar to gift and again for the second guitar – might not all be in 2019.

This is NOT a non-profit donation.  We will be looking into that possibility for the future.  Your donation will be part of a separate account and we will update donors several times a year.

Thank you again for your support!

Next Generation Musicans

Jessie Lang, Zach Top, Hunter Fletcher and Grace Constable