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Innovative, affordable, quality musical instruments made in the U.S.A. with renewable, salvaged, and upcycled materials.
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A couple of years ago I had this idea to start a stringed instrument manufacturing company with a few friends.

The idea was not just to build guitars, lots of people do that. But to make smart, affordable instruments in a small, local shop using renewable, salvaged and repurposed materials, and parts sourced in the U.S. whenever feasible. I bought some tools, some guitar parts, and most importantly a computer-controlled router that's been waiting for us in Silicon Valley.

Getting the router programmed and shipped, some additional raw material, and a few more tools are all that stand in the way of getting this idea off the ground. For years friends and I have put our own time and money into this endeavor, but now your help is needed to get this project over the finish line and into production.

about the kickstarter guitars

The guitars I'm offering for this campaign will each be unique, one-of-a-kind instruments. In many cases they are made with parts I've been saving for years in anticipation of assembling some dream guitars for myself. Instead I'm passing them along as a thank you to investors - if you get a guitar we'll work together to chose pickups and hardware (where applicable), and of course, you'll be featured on our player's page with your guitar.

To celebrate entering the home stretch, all our guitars will feature our Threeway Toneswitch, as seen here (the bottom control) - this option is free of charge on all kickstarter guitars.
To celebrate entering the home stretch, all our guitars will feature our Threeway Toneswitch, as seen here (the bottom control) - this option is free of charge on all kickstarter guitars.

Every guitar will include a small piece of headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graffiti artist SUB DF (Tony Curanaj) or fine art painter Edward Minoff, signed on the back and personalized to you. And, you'll receive a video of your guitar being put through it's paces by legendary NYC session and stage guitarist Simon Chardiet through classic amplifiers matched specifically with your guitar-amps like my 1958 Deluxe, or a 1968 Blackface Twin. Some of the best circuits ever made.

Once these kickstarter guitars are built, Brooklyn Instruments will take on a less 'custom' form in exchange for more 'mass-produced' instrument assemblies. This means I and my guitar-tech friends will be giving your guitar inherently individual attention when we build it.

Thank you for reading about my project. Any amount you can give will help show the world that we can make beautiful music - locally, affordably, and sustainably.

 

Risks and challenges

I'm keeping this kickstarter guitar production run limited so that I can make sure we have the time and resources to carefully build each instrument. I want to get you your guitars by the holidays, but if there are any delays you will know by November.

After these initial guitars are built I intend to keep the operation true to the principles stated above: value, musicality, local sourcing and assembly, and sustainability. I've put my money where my mouth is: I bought my CNC router in California (not overseas), and I have sourced many parts from U.S. companies and craftspeople. I've already obtained some of the salvaged/upcycled materials needed, and I'm going to continue to use renewable, refurbished materials, and local sources.

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    THE GUITARS-ON-THE-BACK-SEAT POSTCARD
    You'll receive a 4-color postcard featuring the Paul's Boutique-inspired scene above, and my sincere thanks.

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    POSTCARD AND STICKER PACK
    You'll receive a 4-color postcard featuring the "guitars on the back seat" scene above, and a couple stickers for your guitar case, road case, 'fridge, or bumper.

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    T-SHIRT PROPAGANDA PACKAGE
    You'll receive the postcard and stickers mentioned above PLUS a nice t-shirt with our logo by famed graffiti artist SUB DF.

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    THE DEFEND BROOKLYN PROPAGANDA PACKAGE
    You'll receive the postcard, stickers, and nice logo t-shirt mentioned above, PLUS:
    a really nice T-shirt with our 'Defend Brooklyn Buy Local' print AND a poster from our fundraiser.

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    MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE FOR THE PEOPLE
    You'll receive: the postcard, stickers, the nice logo t-shirt and the really nice 'Defend Brooklyn Buy Local' t-shirt and the show poster mentioned above, PLUS:
    a Brooklyn Instruments Calendar for 2016 featuring our own partscasters, test-guitars, classic instruments and amplifiers AND a CD of guitar freakout music from Brooklyn Instruments' house band The Negatones - guitar porn at it's finest!

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    THE STRAPPED-IN MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE FOR THE PEOPLE
    You'll receive: the postcard, stickers, the nice logo t-shirt and the really nice Defend Brooklyn Buy Local t-shirt, the show poster, the Brooklyn Instruments 2016 Calendar, TWO CDs (The Negatones and NYC surf-rock legends The Supertones), AND a Brooklyn Instruments Guitar Strap made of real Seat Belt material - STRONG AND COMFY.

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    GRAFFI-T-S-NINER TUBE SCREAMIN' STOMP BOX PAINTIN' PACKAGE
    You'll receive:
    The Strapped-In Multimedia Package for the People, PLUS:
    one of my own personal 'classic green' tube-style distortion pedals with customized art (your choice, keep it clean!) by famed graf writer SUB DF or famed painter Edward Minoff.

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    PINECASTER PROTOTYPE
    The Strapped-In Multimedia Package for the People, PLUS:
    the original Brooklyn Instruments around-the-shop tester guitar: a Stratotele hybrid in a Texan White Pine body with a rosewood 'S' style neck, T-pickup in a fixed string-through T-bridge and S-pickup in neck, with customized headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graf writer SUB DF or painter Edward Minoff.

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    TOBACCOTELE PROTOTYPE
    The Strapped-In Multimedia Package for the People, PLUS: the second around-the-shop tester guitar with a rosewood T-style neck and 2 T-style pickups with customized headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graf writer SUB DF or painter Edward Minoff.

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    TUXEDO S-STYLE CLASSIC
    The Strapped-In Multimedia Package for the People, PLUS:
    Relic-ing is not normally my thing but this body looked too much like my own aged-white 1973 Strado to pass up. With maple neck (also like mine). I recommend a mirror pickguard like Nile R's or a black one like Lerxst in the 80s... your choice. Also with customized headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graf writer SUB DF or painter Edward Minoff.

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    HUBCAP RESONATOR ELECTRIC
    The Strapped-In Multimedia Package for the People, PLUS:
    A visually and sonically unique, artful instrument: resonator/electric guitar fitted with a real, classic 'Ford Motor Company' hubcap, rosewood T-style neck, your choice of Humbucker or P90-style pickup in the neck position, and a piezo in the bridge. With customized headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graf writer SUB DF or painter Edward Minoff.

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    THE ROCKAWAY SURF SPECIAL
    The Strapped-In Multimedia Package for the People, PLUS:
    A beautiful S-style guitar in surf green with maple S-style neck. With customized headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graf writer SUB DF or painter Edward Minoff.

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    THE BLACK PEARL
    The Strapped-In Multimedia Package for the People, PLUS:
    A black S-style guitar with rosewood S-style neck, tortoiseshell pickguard and Pearly Gates pickup in bridge position. With customized headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graf writer SUB DF or painter Edward Minoff.

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    THE BIG BLACKOUT T
    The Strapped-In Multimedia Package for the People, PLUS:
    A T-style body from Texan White Pine with T-style pickups in the neck and bridge and a WIDE pacific northwest rosewood neck.
    With customized headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graf writer SUB DF or painter Edward Minoff.

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    RED DAWN
    The Strapped-In Multimedia Package for the People, PLUS:
    Genuine US S body in beautiful red see-through red raw-grain finish and wide photo flame 'Hamburgular' neck (very rare!).
    With customized headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graf writer SUB DF or painter Edward Minoff.

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    THE VERY LIMITED EDITION PAISLEY BARI
    The Strapped-In Multimedia Package for the People, PLUS:
    a gorgeous baritone electric guitar in a wine-colored paisley pattern featuring a custom western U.S. rosewood neck, JM pickups and trem.
    With customized headstock art (your choice, keep it clean!) by graf writer SUB DF or painter Edward Minoff.

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