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Recent history:

In 2001, I started making guitars for myself out of prefab parts and later started kicking up all kinds of sawdust as I built my own guitars from slabs of wood. In 2008, I started filming and uploading my projects to YouTube, and Sully's Guitar Garage has grown to almost one hundred guitar building related videos and well over a million views. 

The Sully Guitars facebook page currently has over 6,000 fans, and the Sully Guitars brand has been gaining speed and support from companies such as String Dog StringsGJ2 Guitars/Habanero Guitar PartsOrmsby Guitars, The Guitar Sanctuary, as well as Doug Marks Metal Method instructor Dee J Nelson, and many other great guitar players out there. 

Sully Guitars artist Dee J Nelson and his 624 T
Sully Guitars artist Dee J Nelson and his 624 T

A new design 

In 2013, I unveiled my single cut design, the '71. A modernized single cut guitar with an over-the-shoulder nod to the past. The '71 features a modern look and feel, improved construction methods, and a more ergonomic playing experience. The first two prototypes have been very well received and 2015 will bring the first batch of '71s as well as the release of the flagship, carved top model. 

'71 Prototype #1 in a natural gloss finish. Black limba body and neck, rosewood fretboard with stainless steel jumbo frets, mother of pearl slash inlays, Habanero pickups, Gotoh hardware
'71 Prototype #1 in a natural gloss finish. Black limba body and neck, rosewood fretboard with stainless steel jumbo frets, mother of pearl slash inlays, Habanero pickups, Gotoh hardware
'71 Prototype #2 with a Honeyburst finish. Mahogany body and neck, ebony fretboard, stainless steel jumbo frets, Ivoroid binding with Tortoiseshell side position markers, Habanero pickups, Tone Pros wraparound bridge
'71 Prototype #2 with a Honeyburst finish. Mahogany body and neck, ebony fretboard, stainless steel jumbo frets, Ivoroid binding with Tortoiseshell side position markers, Habanero pickups, Tone Pros wraparound bridge

A learning experience

In February 2014, I started teaching guitar building and founded the Sully Guitars Building Academy and Taco Appreciation Society. Throughout the year, students came to Sullyville and left with guitar bodies, necks, and even complete guitars that they built with their own two hands. They routed, they sanded, they ate delicious tacos, and then they left with their creations! It's been a lot of fun to share what I've learned over the years with people that want to learn about guitar building; it's definitely been rewarding on many levels.

Brian, yours truly, and Pat with the bodies they built in class
Brian, yours truly, and Pat with the bodies they built in class
Brandon and Michael with the guitars they built in class
Brandon and Michael with the guitars they built in class

Stick it to The Man!

Throughout this year, classes sold out and my building workload increased to the point where I had to make a decision; a scary, yet exciting decision. I decided to trust in myself and the work I've done, step off of the proverbial cliff, and quit my day job. As of October 1, 2014, I am a full time guitar builder and I feel beyond fortunate to have been able to do so. 

The here and now:

Over the years, I've invested thousands of dollars into tools and materials, and I've been able to build some fantastic instruments with basic entry level tools. In order to help build more efficiently (and to help the build classes go more smoothly), I need to upgrade my workshop. An improved dust collection system, improved work stations, improved lighting, and more robust tools are all necessary to keep moving forward.  

The future:

With an upgraded shop, I'll be able to work more efficiently, and increase the number of guitars that I build each year. If I'm able to surpass my funding goal, there's a possibility of adding some automation into the shop, which would be really great. Even better, I’ll be able to get a couple new models out of my brain and into your hands. Basses, 7 string guitars, and maybe even a semi hollow model. There's all kindsa stuff in my head and I can't wait to share them with you, but I need your help to do it. 

Thanks so much for considering my project and I hope that you contribute. Oh, and tell a friend, won't you?

Rewards:

Sully Guitars - Fueled by Tacos Glow in the dark picks and Sully Guitars bumper sticker
Sully Guitars - Fueled by Tacos Glow in the dark picks and Sully Guitars bumper sticker
Classic "Sully Guitars - Built by Rock & Roll" T-shirt
Classic "Sully Guitars - Built by Rock & Roll" T-shirt
New "Sully Guitars - Built by Rock & Roll - Built For Rock & Roll" shirt
New "Sully Guitars - Built by Rock & Roll - Built For Rock & Roll" shirt
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Some pictures of the spec builds that have been offered at massive savings:

Spec guitar #1 of 3 - '92 model; Poplar body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, stainless steel frets. 25 scale, routed for one humbucker
Spec guitar #1 of 3 - '92 model; Poplar body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, stainless steel frets. 25 scale, routed for one humbucker
Spec build #2 of 3 - Honduran mahogany body, spalted maple top, headstock veneer, truss rod cover, rosewood fretboard. You pick the neck wood, and some additional options!
Spec build #2 of 3 - Honduran mahogany body, spalted maple top, headstock veneer, truss rod cover, rosewood fretboard. You pick the neck wood, and some additional options!
Spec build #3 of 3 - Honduran mahogany body, quilted maple top, Honduran mahogany neck, ebony headstock veneer, ebony fretboard. You pick the pickups, hardware color, and some additional options!
Spec build #3 of 3 - Honduran mahogany body, quilted maple top, Honduran mahogany neck, ebony headstock veneer, ebony fretboard. You pick the pickups, hardware color, and some additional options!

Risks and challenges

Since this particular project is funding tools and fixtures, if funded, that portion will be very simple to complete. The project's rewards are mostly items that I already have in stock or are easily obtained (t-shirts, for example) via reputable businesses with whom I've previously done business. Those that choose to back at the highest tiers (the ones that involve guitars to be constructed) will receive regular communication and photos with the progress of the builds.

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    Thanks!
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    Sully Guitars - Pick & stick pack!

    That's right, 5 super sweet "Sully Guitars - Fueled by Tacos" glow in the freekin' dark guitar picks AND a Sully Guitars bumper sticker. Y'know, for your bumper. Or whatever you wanna stick it on; it's a free country after all.

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    Sully Guitars "classic" T-shirt

    The original, black, super soft and super sexy "Sully Guitars - Built By Rock & Roll" T-shirt.

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    The Sully Guitars "Built by Rock & Roll - Built For Rock & Roll" T-shirt. This one has a lot of my favorite things in it: Grackles, iconic buildings from Chicago and Dallas, and some other secret Sully symbolism.

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    Video - "The Making of the Sully '71"
    This video will be a build diary about the '71. I go over the inspiration behind the model, as well as build one right before your eyes! This will be in the form of a digital download that will have additional content only for Kickstarter supporters.

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    Sully swag pack! Your choice of one of the two Sully Guitars t-shirts, some glow in the dark picks, and a bumper sticker! Treat yo' self!

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    Sponsor an episode of Sully's Guitar Garage! Yep, I'll put your name in the opening credits of an upcoming episode of Sully's Guitar Garage. Oh, the prestige!

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    Three 30-minute Guitar building consultation sessions via Skype. Got some building questions about a project and traveling to Sullyville for a class isn't an option? No sweat, Chet; let's get our technology on! In each 30 minute session, we'll go over techniques related to building, setup, finishing, design, etc.

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    Appear in a Sully's Guitar Garage video!

    Yep, you'll get to be in a video with ol' Sully as we go over a guitar building task. We'll get some tacos afterward, too. Travel and accommodations are up to you, though.

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    Sully Guitars deposit! A C-note that can be put toward a deposit for all things Sully; classes, custom orders, refrets!

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    Build your own overdrive pedal class! Yep, it's not just guitar building classes, kids! Come hang out for a day and learn how to build your own killer overdrive pedal!

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    One day "How to work with stainless steel frets without destroying your tools and driving yourself crazy" seminar. Yes, stainless steel fretwire takes more time, but there are ways to work with it and retain your sanity. I'll supply the tools and fretwire; you bring a bolt on neck that you want to refret. Tools and materials and tacos will be provided, but travel accommodations are up to you. The date can be TBD based on your schedule.

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    Build a guitar body with Sully! Yep, it's the two day (sat-sun), weekend body building course where you'll learn how to build a guitar body from Alder, Ash, Basswood, or Mahogany with yours truly! Tools and materials and tacos will be provided, but travel accommodations are up to you. The date can be TBD based on your schedule.

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    Build a guitar neck with Sully! Yep, it's the three day (fri-sun) weekend neck building course where you'll learn how to build a neck with yours truly! Tools and materials and tacos will be provided, but travel accommodations are up to you. The date can be TBD based on your schedule.

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    Spec guitar #1 of 3 - A Sully '92! This 92 is a set neck guitar with a poplar body and a maple neck. The fretboard is rosewood with dot inlays, stainless steel jumbo frets and a 25" scale. It's routed for a humbucker and I had planned on installing a Seymour Duncan P-Rail pickup in there to get P-90, humbucker, or single coil tones. You pick the final color (your choice of solid color, metallic, or metalflake). Get it here, as this price is good only during the campaign!

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    Spec guitar #2 of 3 - A Sully Galaxy V! Body is Honduran mahogany with a spalted maple top, has a rosewood fretboard with pearl backslash inlays, and a matching spalted maple headstock veneer and truss rod cover. You choose the neck material; can be maple or mahogany. Construction can be bolt on or set neck, can be 22 or 24 frets, your choice of pickups (must have a neck humbucker if you choose set neck construction), your choice of binding color, your choice of finish color, your choice of hardware and it's color scheme. Guitar will be shipped in a hardshell case but only within the US (Honduran mahogany cannot be shipped out of the US). Get it here, as this price is good only during the campaign!

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    Spec guitar #3 of 3 - A Sully Galaxy V! Body is Honduran mahogany with a quilted maple top, the neck is Honduran mahogany with an ebony fretboard (24 frets) with pearl backslash inlays, and an ebony headstock veneer. Construction is set neck, you get your choice of pickups (must have a neck humbucker), your choice of finish color, your choice of hardware color scheme. Guitar will be shipped in a hardshell case but only within the US (Honduran mahogany cannot be shipped out of the US). Get it here, as this price is good only during the campaign!

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    Your very own Sully '71 model in the "stripped down" configuration.

    "What's a '71?" you say? It's my single cut design. "Whaddya mean, stripped down? Does that mean it's just raw wood or somethin?" No, silly! It generally means that it's got a clear finish, a forearm bevel, and no figured top or binding.

    Body and neck would be made from Limba (also known as Korina). Rosewood fretboard with your choice of nickel or stainless steel fretwire (22 frets). Clear coat finish only to highlight the grain (with the exception of the face of the headstock, which will be black), Your choice of nickel, black, or gold hardware (Tone Pros wraparound tailpiece, Gotoh tuners) Habanero classic pickups in your choice of black, white, or black/creme zebra.

    Guitar will be signed personally to you on the back of the headstock and will have a kickstarter related serial number.

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    Build a guitar one on one with me! Yep, it's the seven day building course where you'll build your own guitar from scratch, but instead of having other students in the class, it's just you and me, kid! You'll get hands on, in depth instruction in a fun environment. Tools, materials, and tacos will be provided, but travel accommodations are up to you. The date can be TBD based on your schedule.

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    Your very own Sully '71 model in the "dolled up" configuration.

    "What's a '71?" you say? It's my single cut guitar that's pictured up at the top. That one is dolled up; it's got a killer figured top, a gorgeous transparent burst finish, binding all around, an ebony fretboard, and a push pull pot to split the neck pickup coil.

    Body and neck made from your choice of Limba or Mahogany, a premium figured maple top (your choice of flame or quilt), and binding all the way around (body, neck, headstock). Ebony fretboard with your choice of nickel or stainless steel fretwire (22 frets). Your choice of Honeyburst, Ocean, or Cloudy day finish, Your choice of nickel, black, or gold hardware (Tone Pros wraparound tailpiece, Gotoh tuners) Habanero classic pickups in your choice of black, white, or black/creme zebra.

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    The "Trella '71" Carved top, flagship model. Your choice of a premium flame or quilt maple carved top. Your choice of limba or mahogany for the body and neck woods. Your choice of rosewood or ebony for the fretboard woods. Your choice of Ghost Block or Slash inlays. Your choice of stainless steel or nickel fretwire. Your choice of finish. Habanero pickups, Tone Pros wraparound bridge. The back of the headstock will be signed, and the guitar will come with a photo book of its construction.

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Funding period

- (30 days)