Pre-War Guitars: Modern reproductions of iconic guitars

Pre-War Guitars Co.

The Pre-War Guitars Co. is two guys, Wes Lambe and Ben Maschal, who build instruments based on the classics from the 1930s. A big part of what impressed us about their work is that both men have spent years repairing and setting up new and vintage guitars, which you can really see in their own creations. Their attention to detail is top-notch and they use hide glue, ultra-thin lacquer and torrefied tops to really capture the sound, feel and look of 80-year-old instruments.

They also add signs of play wear, a technique that has been part of the electric guitar world for a couple of decades and the violin world for centuries. They offer three levels of distressed finish so you can choose a look that mimics a lightly played guitar that spent most of its life in a living room or go for one that has the battered appearence of an old road warrior.


We’ve been lucky to have had our hands on a number of great original pre-war instruments and the guitars of Wes and Ben really capture the elusive blend of powerful bass and clear, sparkling trebles that characterize the old classics. The new instruments from Pre-War Guitars are made one at a time so our supply will be limited.

Please call us at (888) 493-2131 or email at to check our stock.

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Pre-War Guitars make scientifically aged road worthy reproductions of pre-war era acoustic guitars from the 1930’s and 40’s that are made to be played.

All Pre-War Guitars Co. instruments feature:
– Dovetail neck joints
– Natural or Shade top finish
– Hide glue construction
– Ultra thin, aged Nitrocellulose lacquer
– Torrefied Adirondack Spruce tops
– Hand carved torrefied Spruce brace wood
– Two way truss rods for adjust-ability, and reliability of a modern guitar
– Hand made in the USA


Learn more:
Wes Lambe and Ben Maschal of Pre-War Guitars [PODCAST] on Fretboard Journal

Pre-War Guitars Model HD vs. a 1936 Herringbone [VIDEO]

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