Ordering a Custom Guitar

Custom Ordering Directly from the Froggy Bottom Shop

Choosing a guitar can be simple: you walk into a store, fall in love, plunk your money down, and go home happy.

But finding your “holy grail” of guitars typically involves years of playing a wide variety of instruments as you zero in on what you want. There are off-the-shelf instruments available that may stand out in one area or another.

We hear from players who have found elements of their “grail guitar” scattered among various instruments: the high end of this one, the bass response of that, the volume and balance of another…


A visit to Michael and several phone calls….

“In 1999, I wanted a small-bodied guitar for very lyric, Celtic music. A visit to Michael and several phone calls led to a Mahogany and Red Spruce M with no fretboard inlays. It is a very classical-inspired guitar with a simple elegance. Not only does it have a perfect voice for soft Celtic airs, as requested, but the M produces amazingly rich versions of songs by Rev. Gary Davis and Willie Brown’s “Mississippi Blues,”  as well! It has had playing time in the hands of international touring pros and, like all my other FROGS, has scored high complements.”


It’s ALL about function!!!

Every element of a custom hand made instrument is decided upon based on your functional requirements. We have done this for over a thousand players in the last 40 years and the feedback we hear consistently is that we have far exceeded their hopes and expectations.

At Froggy Bottom, when we build a custom guitar, our job in conversation with the player is to do whatever is necessary to determine as precisely as possible the nature of that imagined “grail guitar”. And then build it.

Unlike the custom shops of most other guitar companies – where you may be allowed to specify inlay patterns, trim details and wood choices, but the guitar is still made to their existing “recipe” – with a Froggy Bottom custom guitar, the design parameters including body size, shape, depth, scale length, neck dimensions, the neck/body attachment point, and the relevant proportions and contours of the instrument are all considered and chosen in consultation with the player in service to the desired results.

This “Froggy Bottom Sampler” was filmed at an event at Next Stage in Putney, Vermont a few years back.

It includes playing and commentary by three players and Michael Millard.

Scott Ainslie plays his Model G
David Surrette his Model H14 and
Will Ackerman his Model F14

Ordering your guitar…

When you’re ready to open this conversation,  give us a call!  

Once we’ve agreed on the details of your guitar we’ll give you a price quote and a place in line.   You send us a 50% deposit and we’ll give you the date we’ll start your guitar (±2 weeks). Deposits on commissioned guitars are not refundable.

Waiting times can vary widely but we do not take deposits on guitars we can’t start building within one year.

802 763-0100

Unboxing your guitar…

We just got this video from Brian Truesby, a customer who also works at one of our dealers.   He documented the unboxing of the Froggy that had HIS name on the box!