Myrtlewood TG-100 and TG-250
Welcome to Till Guitars - Thanks for Finding Me!
My warmest wishes to you this holiday season.
It's been a great year here at Till Guitars. Earlier in the year I introduced "Shorty Joe" (Click), a 3/4 size guitar with a super-fast and fun 23 1/4 inch scale. That's about 2 1/2 inches shorter than a full size Fender guitar. Each fret is proportionately closer to the next, so you don't have to stretch your fingers as far to form those five dollar chords. You can tune it to standard E where the strings are loose and easy to bend, or you can tune it up to F or F# where you get a more chimey tone - like when you play with a capo.
Shorty Joe 3/4 size with Walnut cap
3/4 size guitars are not rare, but they tend to be poorly built - usually closer to a toy than being a real musical instrument. But that's not the Till Guitars way. I think that if a kid has to fight the instrument too much to play it, they'll lose interest. I use all of the same skills to make these little brutes as I do my other models.
The Shorty Joe Bass
Just recently I added The Shorty Joe Bass to the catalog. Its 30 inch scale will appeal to anyone who finds a full size bass to be too much to handle. Guitarists will find it easy to switch back to guitar after tracking the bass part. It fits in a regular guitar case and the first editions are weighing in at about 7 1/2 pounds.
Both Shorty Joe models are ideal for kids, but even pros will love 'em for how easy they play and how good they sound. Not to mention how cute they are.
I also built my first double-neck guitar/bass this year with 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. You can play both necks through a single amp, or send each neck to separate amps. Quite fun. Like a one-man-band. It's amazing how much a simple bass line can add to your guitar playing... mine, anyway.
Most double-neck 6/4s have the bass on top, for some reason. But I put it on the bottom where most bass players set theirs. Whereas most six string players ride their axes a little higher.
And, throughout the year, I continued to refine and improve my original 2 guitar models, the TG-100 "Solo" and the TG-250 "Lady on the Beach", as well as The Till Bass. By luck of the draw, a beautiful Koa and Shedua capped Solo became my 200th guitar in 18 years.
Elegant Sunburst TG-250
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 (psych!). If you see any "Page 2" buttons, click them, too. And If you get in trouble, wave your arms and run in a zig-zag pattern. That works for so many things!
I try to keep my Currently Available Guitars Page up to date. The way that works is... you go there, wait for one to call your name, then you
and ask for more information about it. 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.
TG-100 with mixed woods
TillGuitars.com is just my introduction to you. If you want the most juicy gossip and current information about Till Guitars, check out the Joe Till Guitars Facebook Page. Once there, I'd really appreciate any comments, likes or anything else you'd care to leave. And tell your friends!
From my hands to yours...
Till Guitars are Built by Hand. 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 18 years of maikin' 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. But for as long as there is a Till Guitars, we will always celebrate basic woodworking skills. (Yay!)
After you're done looking around, please contact me with any questions/comments. I'm afraid you pretty much have to communicate directly with me to get one of my guitars. Ideally, you make your way in to my shop in Westlake Village, Ca., but short of that, I want to make absolutely sure that you'll be absolutely satisfied with whichever of my guitars calls out to you by name.
Oh, I have a growing body of video demos here on the Joe Till Guitars Channel on Youtube. Viewer Discretion is Advised.
Till Bass with Zebrawood Cap
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 (write or call me). Yes, I think they do have a value like allowing people all around the world see my work, but 13 percent is a bit much. I know some brick and mortar stores that charge less to consign. In fact, this year I've begun to place my work in stores again, after quite a few years without. Things are starting to feel a little better... sometimes... for a little while... sometimes... awhile back.
Comfortable Neck Transition
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 when you want some real inspiration.