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Design your dream semi-hollow body guitar online by choosing colors and parts; even add custom text and graphics. Built in Austin, TX.
Design your dream semi-hollow body guitar online by choosing colors and parts; even add custom text and graphics. Built in Austin, TX.
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"Whenever I see a new name or logo on a guitar headstock I (naturally) meet it with a certain level of skepticism . It's rare and refreshing to pick up one of those guitars and be genuinely blown away by its playability, tone, and feel. Moniker guitars not only look incredibly vintage cool - they sound amazing. This is sure to catch on in a big way" - Matt Noveskey, Blue October

Moniker Guitars is seeking to raise $50,000 to launch a line of semi-hollow electric guitars that you can design online and order through our website MonikerGuitars.com

Your contributions will help us launch a line of customizable semi-hollow guitars that we'll build to match your order and ship to your door.
Your contributions will help us launch a line of customizable semi-hollow guitars that we'll build to match your order and ship to your door.

Less than 1 year ago, we launched Moniker with the goal of allowing you to create and purchase the guitar of your dreams. Through our online guitar configurator you can choose your guitar's shape, paint colors and parts, as well as add custom text and graphics; all at the price of an off-the-shelf guitar. We launched our small, 3-person company (+ 3 amazingly dedicated interns) by offering you solid body electric guitars to design and purchase. 

Since that time, we have had MANY many requests for a semi-hollow body guitar. While a solid body guitar is simply a shape cut from a solid piece of wood, a semi-hollow body has chambers cut into the inside of the body. 

By creating these chambers, wood is removed and the guitar becomes lighter, it has more resonance and improved sustain. These types of guitars sound amazing and look just as good! Listen below and scroll to the bottom of the page for more audio samples. 

In return for your support we have tons of great rewards to offer. 

International Shipping: Please see the FAQ at the very bottom to find out how to get the best shipping rates. 

NEW DESIGN! We're adding this Kickstarter logo-inspired design to our $800 semi-hollow reward category. Comes with a Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Pickups (but you can message us if you want something different.) 

Due to the overwhelming request for semi-hollow guitars (and our own love for them) we set out to build some prototypes. Then we built some more prototypes... and some more. The result of these efforts are the best semi-hollow body guitars that we can possibly build. And we're pretty damn critical. Now that we have our process down, we're ready to start producing these guitars and filling orders.... with your help. The money we hope to raise will go towards the tools and equipment needed to efficiently manufacture these guitars at our shop in Austin,TX. We also need help funding the materials needed to produce these guitars on a larger scale. These materials include wood, primer, sandpaper paint, clearcoat, guitar parts, etc. To learn more about our guitars, parts, and manufacturing process contact us. Lastly, we will use some of the money we raise to help get the word out about our new line of guitars.

Risks and challenges

We've already proven to ourselves and others that we can make high quality, great sounding custom solid body guitars. The challenge with producing customizable semi-hollow body guitars will be that there are considerably more steps in the process. Streamlining production will certainly be a challenge at first as there is a bit of a learning curve involved. Sourcing wood, paint and other materials can present supply chain issues as well. However, we've over come these issues in the past by using reliable suppliers and having secondary sources available for everything we need to produce our guitars.

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    Every little bit helps! Contribute $5 and we'll tell all your friends about it by thanking you on our website.

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    MONIKER EAGLE POSTER - Get an 11 x 17 print of this hand drawn Eagle design made specifically for this campaign.

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    Moniker Guitars t-shirt

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    TSHIRT & POSTER PACK - Contribute at this level and get both the t-shirt and the poster.

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    GIVE YOUR GUITAR A FACELIFT - Get a colored pickguard for your Les Paul, Stratocaster or Telecaster guitar. Choose your color from any color we offer on our website and we'll make it for you at our shop from scratch-resistant acrylic. These look awesome on any guitar.

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    DESIGN A GRAPHIC PICKGUARD - Customize your Les Paul, Stratocaster or Telecaster with a graphic pickguard. Our graphics are digitally printed directly onto the back side of clear acrylic pickguards and sealed in with a coat of paint. This way the graphic won't scratch off. Send us your high res design or choose one of the designs offered on our website.

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    NEW* THE HYPE BOX BOOST/OVERDRIVE PEDAL! Designed for us by the mastermind behind several innovative music products. This is a limited run of 50 pedals only available through Kickstarter. Each one is hand painted and numbered in our shop.

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    TRANSFORM ANY GUITAR! Mail us any guitar body and we'll paint it any one of the colors available on our website. We'll also clear coat it to protect the paint and give it a nice shine. International shipping might be cheaper than $100 so contact us with your postal code for a quote.

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    NEW** HALF WAY TO OUR GOAL GUITARS!! We're about 1/2 way to our goal and to celebrate we're offering 20 solid body guitars at the EXTREMELY low price of $600. Choose any one of the 4 designs which feature the same quality parts as all our guitars. You will not find guitars made in the US for this price!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Choose any one of the four semi-hollow body guitars that we've designed and built at our shop and get it for the LESS than one of our solid body guitars.

    Only a limited number available at this price.

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    NEW** EARLY BIRD GUITARS #2 - Our first round of early bird guitars were a hit so we're back with a second round at just $100 more. Choose any one of the four semi-hollow Kickstarter designs below.

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    NEW* CUSTOMIZE A SOLID BODY GUITAR - design your own solid body guitar with any of the options on our website except for Da Vinci tuners and Bigsby tremolo.

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    WHITE & RED DIXIE SEMI-HOLLOW - This is one of our favorite designs yet. An all white alder body with white maple neck makes the red headstock text and red control plate really pop. Moniker humbucker in the bridge. People are loving these pickups. This one comes coil tapped so you can switch between a humbucking and single coil pickup! Super versatile guitar with a classic look. Comes with gold Moniker hardware and a gig bag too. LEFT HANDED VERSIONS AVAILABLE!

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    CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN SEMI-HOLLOW GUITAR! Design your own semi-hollow guitar using ANY of the options available on our website without any fluctuation in the price.

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    DEALER PACKAGE: 3 SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS. Choose any three of our Kickstarter semi-hollow guitars at a deeply discounted price. These guitars will retail for approx. $1200 each. Get them here for $650 each.

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    GUITAR BUILDING CLASS. Come spend a few weekend days/evenings with us at our shop in Austin and we'll show you how to build your own Moniker guitar. In Class #1 we'll give you an overview of the process and you'll design your guitar by choosing the body shape, parts, paint colors and any graphics or text. In Class #2 we'll show you how to paint and clear coat your guitar. Class #3 will consist of buffing and assembling your guitar. In Class #4 we'll show you how to setup your guitar, intonate it and tune it. After that its yours to take home.

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