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We are launching our first original design into the guitar market. Hand-crafted and all-American. Meet the Anna-Lee.

Digital Render of the Venture Anna-Lee, that killer guitar shown in our video!
Digital Render of the Venture Anna-Lee, that killer guitar shown in our video!

Historically, Venture has been a custom guitar company. We take your brilliant ideas and build them by hand. It’s a long, detailed process, but we love it. It’s what we do, and we take pride in it. This has always been the “customer's guitar company.”

 But truth be told, we can only produce about a dozen custom guitars per year. Again, we love building customs. It’s why we started Venture. But there are lots of people out there looking for an alternative to the big, corporate guitar companies who would love to play a Venture. But right now, there are a few reasons why they don’t.

It’s a long wait. Like we said, custom guitars take time.  We have a long waiting list, and we hate it as much as you do that you have to wait.

It costs more. That’s just the fact. A custom guitar costs more than one that’s pre-made.

It can be intimidating. If you don’t think so, go to our website and check out the custom order form. If you don’t know exactly what you want, it’s easier to order one that’s already been built.

Those are the challenges we face as a small, independent company. We could import bodies from China to speed up the process. Or limit the number of choices you have with your custom guitar. Or use cheaper materials to cut costs. But we don’t want to do any of those things. We just want to get a Venture guitar into the hands of the people who want one. 

For all those reasons, and one more, we ‘d like to introduce a run of our own guitars. The Anna-Lee is Venture's first original body shape. We've borrowed our favorite parts from past guitars and combined them into a perfect bolt-on. The Anna-lee will be an alder body with a bolt-on maple neck sporting an ebony fretboard.

Maybe you can tell, we’re pretty proud of it. And that’s the one other reason I mentioned. We’ve made your custom guitars since we started. This is our first chance to design our guitar. We hope you like it as much as we do, and that the Anna Lee is the first in a series of our original designs.

For the Anna Lee, we’re offering top of the line hardware and your choice of pick ups from 3 companies (Seymour Duncan, Bareknuckle, Lollar). These guitars will be produced in limited color quanities of 25. By supporting our Kickstarter campaign, you’ll be helping to build our initial run of 25 Venture Anna-Lee guitars, and helping to build Venture itself. 

The Anna-Lee will feature:

  • 2 piece Master Grade alder body
  • 1 piece Master Grade 5A flamed maple neck 
  • Master Grade ebony fingerboard 
  • Control cavity cover 
  • 25.5" scale length 
  • 1 volume, 1 tone, and 3 way switch 
  • Abalone or pearl side dots 
  • Dunlop straplocks 
  • Your choice of pickups 
  • Gotoh 510 tuners & Gotoh wraparound bridge 
  • Bone Nut
  • Jumbo frets

Please check out some of the work we've made below, and go to our SITE's  gallery to learn more. Thanks!

Built for the non-profit charity Keep a Breast. Donated, signed, and auctioned at Warped Tour
Built for the non-profit charity Keep a Breast. Donated, signed, and auctioned at Warped Tour
Built for Dallas Green
Built for Dallas Green
Built for Steve of New Found Glory
Built for Steve of New Found Glory
Custom Left Handed Bass built for Nate Cormier
Custom Left Handed Bass built for Nate Cormier

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We are gathering the materials needed to begin production on the Anna-Lee now. Once our goal is achieved, with your help (thanks!), our team is going to hit the ground running. We'll begin building the Anna Lee guitars, in our new shop, with the machines you helped us buy. You rule. It's going to be tough, but we'll be working hard. It's what we love to do.

One challenge that may come up, which isn't a problem really - the more we sell, the longer the wait for a guitar may be. We plan on tackling this by hiring more hands to help as more orders come in.

For examples of our work, please check out our site and browse our gallery. We pride ourselves on our work, we and hope you dig it, too.

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    For just $1, we'll include your name and a special thanks on a page on our site. Your name will be in lights with a bunch of other kick-ass people who helped us achieve our goal. Impress your family, friends and lovers.

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    PINS!!!!! And not just any ordinary pin. We plan on making a batch of pins specifically for our Kickstarter supporters. So you can decorate that case, jacket, backpack, vest, strap or whatever and let everyone know you were reppin' Venture from the beginning. Oh, and you'll get your name on our site, too.

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    Everything you see above, and a shirt - an awesome shirt. We'll make a killer design only for those of you that helped us realize our dream. So it will be limited run, letting everyone at that show know that you supported Venture before they were even cool. Probably.

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    So, this may be a stretch, We have a bar at the new shop. This is where we hold meetings, where bands hang out when they come through, where the artists hang. And for $100, we'll give you everything above, PLUS we'll engrave your name (or band name) into the top of the bar. We'll photograph your name and send it to you. You will be immortalized in our shop to everyone that comes through, forever.

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    We've collaborated with our friends over at Lodge Co. to create a quality, hand-made leather guitar strap for Venture. These straps are going to take on as much personality as your custom Venture Guitar with age. Lodge is small, local operation, and we are stoked to be working with them. So yea, get a killer, hand-made leather guitar strap plus everything else above.

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    Okay, here is where it gets good. Be the first in line for the Venture Anna-Lee. You get to choose from one of our awesome, hip and cool colors (see the Anna-Lee description) and a few other options. Basically, you get one of the FIRST Venture Anna Lee's. We hope that, with your help, these will be worth a lot of money someday. And if not, at least it will make for a rad story. They will be limited, and each will be unique.

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    Here is where we may just be dreaming. But for this price, we'll build you a custom shape, bolt-on guitar, FULLY CUSTOM. Your shape, your color, your pick ups, your hardware, you name it. This is what we do best, and for helping us launch our original design, the least we can do is build your original guitar. And please, shop around. For a fully custom guitar you won't beat this price. Or craftsmanship. This will get you added to our Artists page with a bio about yourself and your band. And of course, your rightful spot on our team of awesome players. We are not sure how many orders we will have for this so wait time may vary by like, a month or so. First come first serve. So hurry up and donate :).

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    Okay, so all we really have to give away are guitars and merch. I mean that's all we really do over here in the shop anyway. But, maybe, just maybe, someone out there will want this. For 4k.......ready?......Come hang out with us! Get a custom bolt-on, and come see it get made. Watch us assemble it, and learn how a guitar is made with some master luthiers at the Venture Shop. So a full day (or less if you get bored), come and get a lesson on guitar building, and watch us build your very own bolt-on guitar. Remember though, we're located in New England so plan accordingly. We would offer to fly you out from wherever, but then we'd have to add the price of the ticket to the incentive. And well, that just wouldn't be fair for everyone.

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