Ordering/Prices/Instruments for Sale

New Instrument Prices:


Guitars: from £3,200


Guitar-bouzoukis: from £3,200


Harp guitars: from £4,200


Harp ukuleles: from £1,800


Acoustic lap slide guitars: from £3,200


Tenor guitars: from £1,900


Mandolins: from £1,500


Octave Mandolins/Bouzoukis/Banjo-Bouzoukis: from £1,800


All instruments come with a hard case (or gig bag if no suitable hard case is not available) included in the price. Currently my waiting list is three to nine months from ordering.


I want to be sure that the guitar you want is the one that I build. This is a balance between builder and player. My instruments have a sound, feel and style that comes from me, but there are things that can be varied such as neck width and profile, action and some cosmetics to suit your style and taste. Before a commission can be agreed you need to visit me in High Wycombe, Bucks and play my instruments - I usually have or can get in a number of these for this purpose. I also need to find out about how and what you play or want to play. You can view details of the instruments I make on this website together with my Standard Specification and Options


When you decide you want to order an instrument, I will agree with you a detailed specification and give you an estimated start and completion date and price for that specification. To join my building list I will require 25% of the agreed price - this is non-refundable in the event of cancellation by you. Two weeks before the start date I require a further 25% of the agreed price to cover material costs. Any changes to the agreed specification that occur after I start making your instrument have to be agreed between ourselves. If they result in an increase in the previously agreed price then the difference will need to be paid then by you. When the guitar is completed, the remaining balance of the agreed price is payable. Completed instruments need to be collected from me either here in Buckinghamshire or at a mutually convenient location.


On receipt of the instrument you have a 7 day period to let me know if there are any problems with the instrument that need rectifying, after that it is assumed that the instrument is acceptable. If the final payment is not made, if and when the instrument is sold to another customer, I will refund you 25% of the agreed price.


The instrument comes with a warranty to the original owner as long as he/she owns it in my lifetime, covering problems due to defective workmanship by me. Any remedial work required will be decided and carried out by myself and the original owner is responsible for bringing and collecting the instrument from my workshop in Buckinghamshire. This warranty does not cover any damage caused by climatic/heat/humidity changes or damage/neglect caused by the owner of the instrument.


Used Instruments for Sale:


Occasionally I have some of my demonstration instruments available for sale at a discount price. All instruments need to be collected from me at High Wycombe, Bucks, England or a mutually convenient meet-up place. For more details contact me at dave at defaoiteguitars dot com. Currently available are:


"An Féa Caol"


A tenor guitar made in 2013 with Western Red Cedar top and figured Pear back, sides and neck - more details and recordings are here. £1,600 including hard case.



"Ceol Binn Muineál Fada".


A flattop Irish Bouzouki made in 2016 with Port Orford Cedar Cedar back, sides and neck - more details and recordings are here. £950 including Ashbury Premium padded gig bag and K&K pickup.



"Ceol Binn Mór Deich Teada".


A five course octave mandolin made in 2016. The top, back, sides, neck, braces, linings and blocks are Lawson's Cypress from the "Magical Musical Tree" that grew in my front garden with Macassar Ebony for the fingerboard, bindings, end graft, heelcap, headplates, armrest and bridge. Purflings are rope with black/ pear/ black and the Tuners are Rubners with ebony buttons. It is fitted with a K&K pickup and gold strap pin on the neck and comes with an Ashbury Premium padded gig bag. Scale length is 530mm. Here's a recording I made in FCFCF tuning of "An Chúil Daigh Ré/The Granemore Hare" - "An Chúil Daigh Ré" means "Dark Moon Hollow" in Gaelic and this is based on the Gloaming's version and "The Granemore Hare" is based on Martin Simpson's version. Recorded with my Zoom H4n with no added EQ or effects. £950 including Ashbury Premium padded gig bag and K&K pickup.



"An Muc Screadail"


This tenor banjo - "An Muc Screadail" - was made in 2015 as the eighth of my De Faoite Anniversary Instruments. It has a 530mm scale length, a calf skin head with 11" rim diameter, a Birdseye Maple rim capped top and bottom with Macassar Ebony and an Birdseye Maple neck. It has a brass tone ring and Bill Rickards nickel hardware. Tuners are 1:1 friction tuners with ebony buttons - more details and recordings are here. £900 including hard case.