Anything and Everything you need to know about Born Guitars

How do I decide with so many option to choose from?!

We realize making a decision can be difficult with so many options to choose from, and that is why we are here to help.

After going through our simple process your dream guitar will be coming into perfect focus.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you want your guitar to specialize in a certain style or sound Or Do you want a Jack-of-all-trades? Think about what your new guitar will sound like.
  2. Choose a body style based on the look you want – We have 4 main body styles (OG Drop, OG Carve, MG Drop, MG Carve)
  3. Pick your Color(s) – Do you want a fancy figured wood? A solid color? A burst?

Once you have answered these questions our master luthier will guide you through the rest including the best tonewoods to achieve your signature look and sound.

Can I add a Custom Inlay to my guitar?


We will design and inlay nearly anything into your fretboard and even your guitar.

The only restrictions are:

  1. Is it possible and does it fit on the guitar?
  2. Is the design convertible into an inlay? Too small? Too complex for inlay?
  3. ‘It costs what?!’

Custom inlay can range in price from a couple hundred dollars for something relatively simple to thousands of dollars for the most complex designs.

Cost depends on:

  1. Complexity of Design
  2. The amount of Design Work required (Ex. Sketches, Revisions, Final Design Layout)
  3. Materials used

Please contact us if you are interest in learning more.



Do you offer custom finishes?

Yes, we will create custom stains, bursts, colors and finishes just for your Born electric guitar. Keep in mind that one-off custom work and designs cost money, and to make a custom color or finish look its best requires significant amounts of labor and testing.  Your new guitar should look amazing and just the way you want it, and to do things right just takes a little more love.

What neck shapes do you offer?

We can essentially create any shape neck you want with the ability to nearly match your favorite neck shape.  We offer ‘C’ ‘D’ ‘V’ and Asymmetrical shapes in many thicknesses.

Our classic and LTD models come with standard ‘C’ ‘D’ or our proprietary ‘C/D’ shape that feels nice, round and comfortable near the nut and then progresses into a flatter back towards the 12th fret and beyond for excellent feel and speed.

Custom favorites include our Asymmetrical ‘V’ and ‘D’ shapes, and classic style ‘C’ & modern ‘D’ shapes.

Who builds the guitars at Born?

Master luthier and Owner Jonathan (Jay) Miller builds every guitar at Born. Jonathan has been obsessing over guitars since he was in high school, and started Born Custom Guitars with the mission of building the best electric guitars possible.  He has studied every detail of electric guitar design, traditional & modern building methods and has learned from many very talented and well known luthiers such as John Page.  As a result Jonathan makes some of the finest electric guitars in the world.  He tailor makes each custom electric guitar to your exacting specifications.  Jay will even match your favorite neck shape from a guitar you own, or create a new shape that will best suit your playing style and hand size.

When you order a custom Born you will work directly with Jay to design the ultimate electric guitar for your playing style.

Do you build Acoustic Guitars?

We do not build acoustic guitars.  Our focus is on the perfection of the electric guitar.  We love electric guitars because the possibilities are limitless when it comes to customization.

How do I order a guitar?

Simply call or email us to start your order.  You may also use our custom online guitar builder to help you brainstorm and design your dream guitar.  When you are ready simply submit your order request.  If you order a guitar through our website we will contact you to confirm all the details and make sure you get exactly what you want.  If you already know exactly what you want, great!  If not, we will help you hone in your vision for the perfect guitar.  You can adjust details of your guitar’s design while you work directly with our master luthier through out the design and building process.

Where are Born Custom Guitars made?

All of our custom electric guitars are constructed from start to finish at our shop in Longmont, Colorado, U.S.A. using a combination precision machining technology and fine hand craftsmanship. We start with raw lumber and build everything to order.  Our necks are built from scratch to your specifications and our bodies are usually one-of-a-kind featuring rare wood tops and custom finishes. Our hand shaped necks and custom fretwork really set us apart.

Do I have to pay for shipping cost on my new guitar?

Shipping costs are not included due to the high cost of shipping your guitar safely.  We ship all guitars via Fedex ground unless you would like your shipment expedited.  Shipping costs within the continental United States are usually between $60-$100 depending on where you are located relative to our shop in Longmont, CO.  You will not pay for any shipping costs on warranty work done by Born Guitars.

We insure all shipments to their full value and someone must be present to sign for your guitar when it arrives.  Your new guitar is one-of-a-kind and represents countless hours of fine craftsmanship. We want it to arrive to you safe and secure.

Please contact us if you have any questions about shipping.

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What are my payment options for my new custom electric guitar?

We will send an invoice for all deposits and final payment via email with an easy link to pay with your bank account or credit card.  We currently accept all major credit cards, as well as PayPal and Google Checkout. A $500 deposit is required to hold your place on the waitlist and in the production line.  Before we start designing and building your custom guitar we require a 50% deposit.  The the remaining 50% is due upon completion before we ship the guitar.

I’m left handed. Do you make guitars for lefties?

Yes! You have all the same choices as righties. Left handed guitars cost $150 extra to cover special design and manufacturing adjustments required in the building process.

How long will it take to get my guitar after I order it?

The average duration from the time your order is finalized to when it arrives at your door is about 3-6 months.  This can vary depending the complexity of your guitar, type of finish, and the woods you choose for your guitar.  We strive to deliver your guitar in about 3-4 months, but at Born quality always comes first so complex highly customized guitars can take significantly longer.  This period also provides ample time for woods to stabilize after they are shaped in each process of the build.  For example, after the initial shaping of your neck it will rest so we can see if the wood moves at all.  This allows us to ensure you will have a nice stable guitar neck.   Wood is an organic material, which means each piece of wood has its own unique characteristics.  We handle each piece of wood differently depending on these characteristics, and because each of our guitars are one-of-a-kind we need to take extra time to make your dream guitar perfect.


Can I visit the Born Guitars custom shop?

Visitation of our custom shop is by invitation only.  You may request a visit or tour, but a visit is not guaranteed.  Personal tours and visits to the shop disrupt customer builds and the flow of the shop.  New and existing customers are always welcome to schedule a visit to the shop. If you visit our shop please be respectful of our time so that we can focus our day on building guitars.  If you have questions or need guidance on your build we are always happy to schedule a phone call or answer all your questions via email.

What if I want to change my order?

If you want to change something about your order, call us immediately.  We’ll do our best to accommodate your request in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Your luthier will work directly with you throughout the design and build process to ensure every detail is the way you want it. Changes to finish, hardware color/finish, knobs and electronics can usually be made even after the build has started.

Can I add something to my guitar that is not listed as an option?

Contact us and share your ideas. While we can’t promise that we’ll be able to accommodate every request, we’ll certainly try our hardest!  We often make special orders for parts and even wood for custom orders.

Do you provide repair and maintenance services for my Born Custom Guitar?

Yes. We can do all maintenance and repairs on Born guitars, but we do not perform maintenance or repairs on other guitar brands.  Manufacturer’s defects will be repaired for free subject to our Limited Lifetime Warranty.  For guitars that are outside of their warranty period and/or are in need of standard maintenance or repair, we will gladly perform the necessary work for a nominal fee. To avoid paying large shipping costs we recommend finding a quality guitar technician in your area.  Any damage done by someone other than a qualified Born luthier or technician will void our Limited Lifetime Warranty. If you need help finding a qualified guitar tech in your area, then please contact us. We are happy to help!

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Do you ship internationally?

Yes! We will ship to any country as long as there are not trade restrictions that would prohibit the delivery of your guitar.

Why don’t you offer the type of wood that I want?

We are committed to maintaining a responsible and sustainable approach to guitar building, and therefore, we do not use any wood species that we cannot source in a responsible sustainable manner. We insist that all of our wood suppliers can tell us exactly were our wood was sourced from and that is was sourced legally and responsibly. To view our entire wood collection, visit our woods page.

How do I get in touch with Born Guitars?

Email us at info@bornguitars.com or call us at 720-440-BORN (2676). We’re available Monday through Friday 9am-5pm MST.  We usually get back to you within 24 hours. Contact us today so we can work with you to design the perfect custom electric guitar for your playing style!



Can I finance my Born Guitar?

If you need time to pay for your guitar, then let us know.  We will work with you to make the payments manageable and work within your timeframe. We currently do not offer financing. However, there are many ways to help spread out the payments including Paypal Credit, credit cards, etc.

To start your order all you need is a $500 deposit. Call or email us and we can discuss a payment schedule that works for you.

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Do you build bass guitars?

We do not currently offer a electric bass guitar model.  We do however have prototype designs in the works.

Please contact us or join our mailing list to stay in the loop.

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What if I want to cancel my order?

If you need to cancel an order please call us immediately. If you stop the build before wood is cut we can usually provide a full refund. Typically orders can be canceled within 48 hours of payment.  If wood is already cut, then you will not receive a refund unless we can salvage the wood for another guitar. Once we start building your new custom guitar we commit wood and materials to your one-of-a-kind build and therefore these materials usually cannot be salvaged for use on another guitar.  If we can provide a partial or full refund we will, but once wood is cut there we be a minimum $500 restocking fee.

What if I receive my guitar and there is something wrong with it?

We guarantee all of our instruments against manufacturer’s defects. Contact us immediately in the event that you receive a guitar with a defect of any kind.  We will remedy the situation as quickly as possible and at no cost to you.

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What if I simply don’t like something about my new guitar when I receive it?

Call or email us immediately if you are not 100% satisfied with your guitar. We will do everything in our power to remedy the situation. If something is our fault, then we will fix the problem at no cost to you. No matter what we will make sure you end up a guitar you absolutely love.  To learn more about our commitment to 100% customer satisfaction, click here.