Welcome to Till Guitars - I'm glad you found me!
2015 marks my 19th year as an independent guitar builder. All of them right here in my Westlake Village, Ca. woodshop, just north and west of Los Angeles.
One by one my guitars are making their way around the country and around the world. Some have made their way onto records, into videos and magazines, and up on stages as far away as Germany, Japan and Australia. (I should be so well traveled!)
Because the weather here in California has been so beautiful all year - so far, I've been doing a lot of finishing. Mostly catching up on pieces I've had set aside for one reason or another. But, I've also been gluing up some nice caps for upcoming projects. You can see my "In-progress" guitars on my Under Construction page.
Shorty Joe 3/4 size with Walnut cap
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Last year was a very creative year for me. Early on I introduced "Shorty Joe" (Click), a 3/4 size guitar with a super-fast and fun 23 1/4 inch scale. And, just before the holidays I rolled out The Shorty Joe Bass with an equally fun 30 inch scale. Both models are super easy to play, they sound great... and they stay in tune!
Order one of each, they're small.
The Shorty Joe Bass
Three-quarter size guitars are not rare, but they're not usually made very well. Most seem more like toys than real guitars, with high action and lousy intonation. Not Shorty Joes. I have the professional musician in mind with every guitar I build. Smooth and easy-like. I think both of these models will appeal to anyone who appreciates a fine instrument. Both models are available on custom order, where I build one to your specs, or from "private stock".
Of course, I'm always working on new versions of my first 2 original guitar models, the TG-100 "Solo" and the TG-250 "Lady on the Beach". After nineteen years of continuous refinement, these models just keep getting more beautiful and more versatile. All the guitar you'll ever need. (laughs)
Also, I recently added the Baritone version of the TG-250 to the Till Guitars catalog.
As the happy owner of the first one said, "...it's like having tone like an expensive, large piano held in your hands lightly..." (Thanks, Gary)
And I've always got a couple of Till Basses in the works. Not many people get to see them because they usually sell before I complete them.
I'll continue building one-off pieces like this Double-Neck Bass/Six, too. Projects like this help keep the creative juices flowing. This one has a 24 3/4 inch six string guitar on top and a 30 inch bass on the bottom. You can do anything you want with it, but I designed it mainly to be used with a looping pedal. Click here for a demo, but be sure to come back here when you're done.
Till Bass with Zebrawood Cap
By now you've probably noticed that if you click on the red highlighted words (except these ones), you'll go to a page about that subject. Another way to see everything on this site is to click the red "Next" buttons at the bottom of each page. And if you see any "Page 2" buttons, click them, too. If you get in any trouble, wave your arms and run in a zig-zag pattern. That works for so many things!
Tapped Humbucker and 2 Singles
I try to keep my Currently Available Guitars Page up to date. This is where I post my "private stock" models that are complete and ready to ship. The way it works is... you go there, wait for one to call your name, then you write to me with any questions you might have. The more specific you are, the more specific I'll be. I'll get back to you asap with detailed answers and probably a few questions. I discuss pricing here, but I don't get too specific because every guitar I make is unique.
TillGuitars.com is just my introduction to you, like an online brochure. But, if you want the most juicy gossip and current information about Till Guitars, check out the Joe Till Guitars Facebook Page. I do my best to post as many pictures of my work in all phases of construction that I can. I include some tutorials and videos of my construction methods, and so on. I also post a few special offers on Facebook. Please leave any comments or links - including your own website, videos and booking details. And, "Like" me, if you will.
Deeply Set Neck
From my hands to yours...
Till Guitars are Built by Hand from start to finish. I can't imagine another way to build a musical instrument. Automated and computerized machinery (robots) by definition can only make copies. You won't find any of that here. You get nothing but the real deal from Till Guitars. After 19 years of makin' these things, I'm still a one man operation. My big dream is to one day have a helper... maybe someone to take over this computer stuff because my time is much better spent out in the woodshop kickin' up sawdust. But for as long as there is a Till Guitars, we will always celebrate basic woodworking skills. (Yay!)
TG-100 Setneck w F-hole
After you're done looking around, please
with any questions/comments. You can't just click a button and buy one of my guitars from this site. I'm afraid you're gonna have to deal directly with me. Ideally, you can make your way to my shop in Westlake Village, Ca., but if that's not possible, let's plan to have a few good back-and-forths through email or on the phone.
By the way, I have a growing body of video demos on the Joe Till Guitars Channel on Youtube. And it's no big deal to shoot a video on my phone if you see something here that you don't see on Youtube. Just remember, the camera adds 10 pounds... to each cheek (Why, that's 40 lbs!).
Original Designs, All Handmade.
If my sUbliMinAl messaging is working, some of you have found your way here from Ebay. Welcome! Just one more step and you've saved yourself a bundle (about 13%!). If I have something on there that you just gotta have, all you gotta do is let me know. I'll make sure that I don't relist it after the auction ends. But, keep an eye on the number of views each piece gets. I have a pretty good batting average when the "counter" tops about 250.
I've begun to place my work in a few stores again, after quite a few years without bothering. Things are starting to feel a little better... sometimes... for a little while... sometimes... awhile back.
One thing I've really noticed when I walk into music stores, though, is how identical everything is starting to look. Like everything was stamped out of the same machine, dipped in some funky plastic and shipped off to the mall. Boring! I mean, I get it. There's some kind of comfort in that. All those familiar old names, 75 year old designs... I tell people that I want to be their 5th guitar. Everybody's gotta have their Strat for the Dire Straights stuff, a Les Paul for the heavy stuff, a Martin for that stuff, and a PRS to prove... something. Then you get a Till Guitar when you want some real inspiration.
Cool Blue Bolt-on TG-250
Please read on. Take your time. And stop back by from time to time to keep an eye on my progress. Look around the web to see what others are saying about my work (I hate doing that!). And whenever you're ready to,
. I've had customers tell me that they met me at some guitar show somewhere five years earlier and had kept my guitars in the back of their mind the whole time. I know it can take a long time to wrap your head around new things.