welcome to Secret Swan Custom Guitars

From Concept to Creation

“I pride myself in carving beautiful top quality guitars, tailored to fit your tastes and interests. I, then pass it on to a professional luthier to fit your choice of neck and electronics; Together we are able to create a totally bespoke musical instrument of the highest quality.” -Abi Kirwan (Owner of Secret Swan)

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Carved Custom Guitars

All of our carved guitars are made specifically to order. We work with you to make exactly how you want it. 

Autumn Leaves Telecaster

Taking inspiration from the “Autumn Leaves” jazz tune, this telecaster has been carved, painted with Unicorn Spit and then filled with Glass Cast epoxy resin. 

Americana Telecaster

With a rippling American flag and Bald Eagle, this telecaster is designed to pay tribute to old America..

Chinese Dragon S-type

Designed to show the use of hollow carving, this Chinese dragon design is made from bass wood.

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it”

– OSHO

How the process works for building your custom guitar

Step 1 – Connect with each other

I start with the type of guitar you would like. You can choose from any type of template, including solid body, semi acoustic and bass. Once you have chosen your preferred pickup configuration, I have a basic shape in which to sit the design
As we are still on lockdown we can have a zoom call to discuss you new custom carved guitar.

Designing a custom guitar is a collaborative process. Whether it’s a single image you are interested in, or a combination, I can design a guitar which you are sure to love.

Step 2 – Pick the type of wood

Once the general design is decided, we can consider colour or natural wood, depth of carving, carved finish or resin filled and if you want a standard or irregular outline to the guitar. Examples of these different options can be viewed in the gallery.

The choice of wood is primarily impacted by if you would like colour or natural wood. The depth of carving also has a great impact. The more wood is removed, the heavier the starting block of wood needs to be. While the look of the guitar is really important, it should never negatively affect the quality of sound that is produced from the final product.

Step 3 – Deciding to work together

The initial consultation and design process comes with no obligation and is free of charge. If you decide to go ahead with a design and we agree on the price, please be aware that the average time for a guitar to be completed is 12 weeks, depending on complexity of the design and current workload. If you are working to a tighter timescale please let me know as I may be able to accommodate.

Step 4 – Making process

Throughout the making process you will receive regular updates via email and phone call. Designs will inevitably evolve a little during this time, and you may have additional requests as the process moves on. Where ever possible I will incorporate anything that you would like.

Step 5 – completion and delivery of your custom guitar

Once your custom carved guitar is completed, I will hand deliver it to you (dependent on location). If you prefer, your guitar can be securely shipped through a trusted provider, or you can collect in person and see my unique underground studio where your custom guitar has come to life.

Are you interested? Well then let’s get started!

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Located in Newbury, UK