Hi. I'm Ryan Elewaut, owner and head luthier at Solstice Guitars. We produce a limited number of guitars per year. This allows us to focus on our quality and customers.
Solstice is growing surely and slowly, yet our schedule fills quickly each year. Wait times depend on the model and current orders. We typically have guitars available here on our site, and you can reserve guitars in-process that are still available.
It Started With An Obsession...
I became obsessed with guitar building at fourteen.
When I learned about the standard tone woods and construction methods I remember having great reverence for the materials. I still find the different qualities of various wood species to be a fascinating gift. Trees are completely integral to our human existence in so many ways.
I make guitars that are customized individually, based on the designs I've refined for twenty years while repairing and restoring instruments. Solstice has plans for a total of 9 models. We'll release 1-2 each year.
Using strategic variation we craft instruments with subtle differences, giving nuance to every build. To learn more about the individual models, head over to Our Guitars. More about my history and career can be found below.
Thanks for checking out my guitars!
~Ryan Robert Elewaut
It depends on the model. Electric guitars take 4-6 months. Acoustic guitars can take up to 12 months.
Solstice warranties all guitars against defect in craftsmanship or materials for ten years. This warranty includes general maintenance and one complete setup (with fret leveling) within the first two years of your ownership. All services to be completed by our shop only. This warranty does not cover any issues related to neglect or adverse reactions from improper care, climate, humidity, or temperature. Pickups and electronics are warrantied for 3 years.
Go to any of the model pages and fill out the form at the bottom or link to the deposit page. Make some notes about your design ideas and specs. We'll have a discussion and I'll offer you a draft estimate. After we finalize the details I will send you the official quote and the engagement letter.
No. We don't offer rush jobs any more. However, depending on your situation I can try to expedite if possible.
I allow two instruments per drop-off appointment. But once you're in the rotation you can bring another one when you come to pick up your repair.
Not usually. We're out of the retail game, and that includes buying / trading instruments. We are happy to fix up your guitar and direct you to Reverb.com where they make it easy to price out and sell used gear.
You will receive a confirmation email with your repair quote and notes after the initial appointment. Your instrument is secure and fully insured while in our possession. A 50% deposit is required for estimates over $250. Initial quotes and commitments are based on our best estimate of required time and effort necessary to produce a professional result. If unforeseen issues arise during the work we will notify you before addressing them.
We'll schedule another appointment when your work order is complete. Your email address will be used to send invoices and follow-up communications. You can choose to opt out any time after your order is complete. Instruments left here over 30 days after completion will be sold to recover our costs. Solstice Guitars, Custom Sound Companies, LLC, their affiliates, employees and owners will not be held responsible for any decrease in value to your instrument due to any procedure or occurrence while in our possession.
Sales & Returns, Other Policies
All guitars shipped get a 3-day trial period to make sure you love it first. If you want to send it back for any reason, no problem. We’ll make the return shipping arrangements for you. You’ll get a full refund minus the freight and insurance costs (approximately $190.) The delivery date counts as trial day #1. If we aren't notified or contacted by the 3rd day, any refund will incur a 25% restocking fee in addition to the shipping/insurance charge. PLEASE NOTE: the demo policy only applies to purchases of in-stock guitars and does not apply to custom orders. This offer is only available for customers in the mainland United States.
All guitar sales get free shipping if you live in the mainland United States. We'll take this into consideration for other locations. For instance, if you live in a US territory or Canada, the shipping charge will be compensated, and usually costs around $95. We do not offer the demo policy to any locations outside the lower 48 states in the USA.
We offer Official Appraisals complete with a full write up on company letterhead signed by the head luthier and owner, Ryan Elewaut.
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