DOWNES GUITARS produces hand-built 6- and 7-string solid-body headless electric instruments with a variety of pickups and electronics configurations to inspire guitarists looking for something a little different.  Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to learn about new instruments as they become available, and about future projects.  We have big plans!


Purchasing an instrument

DOWNES GUITARS are available through The Music Zoo, and through our shop on Reverb.com.  Shipping inside the continental United States is free.  All DOWNES GUITARS come with a Gruv Gear GigBlade (TM) gig bag with extra padding to fit the shape.

DOWNES GUITARS are built as complete instruments – there are no wait lists or deposits.  Guitars at The Music Zoo or our shop on Reverb.com are available to ship immediately, and new instruments will be added as they are completed. Build times vary, but at this point batches of five or six take around eight months to complete.


About the builder

I began playing piano in the third grade, electric bass in high school, and guitar and synthesizers in college. During graduate school in Cambridge, MA, I began working with Chris Buono, starting private lessons in 2005, and continuing through to today. I began working on my own instruments not long after, starting with performing my own set-up and assembly work using pre-made bodies and necks. A workshop in 2010 run by master builders Adam Zois and Tom Knatt helped me take things to the next level: building bodies and necks from scratch. Over the next few years, I continued working with Adam to refine my skills and designs, until I returned to my hometown of Portland, Oregon, where DOWNES GUITARS was formally established in 2013.