Contact and pricing


Prices for new classical guitars start at £3000, 8-strings start at £3400. I can offer a range of different options for woods, tuners, string length(s), body size/shape, string spacing, finishes, fingerboard shaping, armrests, cutaways, soundports, fret markers, and no doubt various other things that I can’t think of right now… and I will design each guitar individually, to make the best possible instrument with whatever options you would like to have. Contact me to discuss the available options, or for more information on pricing of particular models and specifications.

For all enquiries and commissions please email: martin.woodhouse1@ntlworld.com

Guitars currently available for sale: http://www.woodhouse-guitars.co.uk/contact/shop-window

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A note on pricing

I believe that my current prices are very reasonable, but I have occasionally had comments saying that my prices are too high or too low, so I’ll try to explain my pricing policy simply here:
Prices of my new guitars are worked out on a simple materials and labour basis. At my current prices you are paying me approximately £12.50 per hour for the work I put into making the guitar (and not paying me anything for the time I spend designing it, or any of the other work involved in running my business), which is not a high rate to pay a skilled craftsman with 16+ years experience.
Example: for a “typical” classical guitar, the materials will cost around £500 (including strings and case), and it will take around 200 hours work to make the guitar = £2500 for the work, giving a total price of £3000.
I don’t sell my guitars through any guitar dealers or shops, because I feel that dealers don’t represent good value for guitarists, and they are artificially inflating the price of guitars: Guitar shops usually sell on a commission basis, taking 30% off the sale price for themselves, so I would only get £2100 from the sale of our £3000 example guitar, which would equate to an hourly wage of £8: just above the UK minimum wage and clearly not acceptable. That would then mean that I would have to raise my standard price by 43% to £4290, so that the dealer could take their 30% from that and I still get my £3000… which explains why my prices seem very low to some people: you’re used to paying the dealers commission on top of the true price of the guitar (even if you’re buying directly from the luthier). As I see it, the only value the dealers offer to a guitarist is that they have a lot of guitars in one place, so you can try a range of instruments and pick the one you like best, but I don’t think that many people would knowingly pay £1290 (or sometimes a lot more) for that service. Clearly, this policy ends up making my life more difficult, because I now have to do all the advertising and selling of my guitars myself, rather than subcontracting that work to other people, but I believe that it’s a fairer and more transparent way of doing business.

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