Io Custom Builds

Handcrafted with the highest quality and integrity.

   My design specialization, so far, has been centered around the guitars built for and used by Jerry Garcia, of the Grateful Dead. I enjoy using the multi-layered techniques for the bodies and necks, as it creates a very stable platform with lovely complex resonating qualities, as well as  being visually pleasing.  Of course this is completely subjective, and I'm happy to employ any type of style and construction, using any single or multiple types of wood.  

I've also mainly used Jerry's electronics developments, specifically the use of on-board preamps (which isn't unique to him) as well as the OBEL (On-Board Effects Loop), which as far as I know, is an innovation uniquely his.  For a detailed explaination of the OBEL click on the button to the right...  but in brief, it's a different way of running the signal through the effects chain, a much better way in my estimation.  I use this innovation on all my personal guitars now, and highly recommend trying it out, or at least giving it serious consideration; but again, I'm happy to go as simply or as complex as desired.

​That said, I'm happy to work with you on any type design you'd like, using whatever combination of style, material, and electronics necessary to create the instrument you desire; and currently have some really nice aged woods in stock.

I really enjoy the co-creative process; and although I do make some non-commissioned 'spec' guitars to sell (which you can see on the Guitars for Sale page), I particularly like working one on one, to give you exactly what you are looking for.