Luthier

Bashkin Guitars

Luthier
Michael Bashkin
Location
Colorado
Founded
1998

Michael Bashkin has been at the forefront of the modern acoustic lutherie scene for decades. With crisp, elegant designs and extraordinary craftsmanship and the tonal response, a Bashkin guitar is extremely inspirational. Immediate, rich and sophisticated they are superb instruments for the discerning contemporary player.

Michael is also a scientist whose graduate studies at Colorado State University and post-graduate research at Duke University taught him about the mechanics of wood. He understands wood to the nth degree, and knows how it's evolving.

“Guitar building is a life-long pursuit of merging art and science while honoring the remarkable gift of nature that wood is.”

Having studied alongside luthiers such as Ervin Somogyi and Harry Fleishman, Michael shares their abiding respect for both aesthetics and function – balanced elegantly.  

Ben and his team at TNAG has given me the freedom and inspiration to make the best guitars I can.

Michael Bashkin

The Guitars

Michael Bashkin currently offers four models. Find out more about these below...

Models

OM

A modern take on the classic orchestral model guitar.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Upper bout width/depth
11.1" / 3.5"
Lower bout width/depth
15.1" / 4.125"
Length
19.3"
Waist
9.1"
Standard specifications
Soundboard
varies
Back and sides
varies
Neck
Honduran Mahogany
Neck profile
Modified soft V
Fretboard
Ebony or Rosewood
Tuners
Waverly or Gotoh
Nut material
Bone
Nut width
1.75"
Peg head veneer
Varies
Pickguard
Clear
Rosette
Varies
Purfling
Rosewood
Back strip
Rosewood
Body binding
Varies
Bridge
Ebony
Saddle material
Bone
String spacing
2.25"
Scale length
25.4 with multiscale options available
Michael's Notes

Each OM instrument is individually voiced to provide a dynamic range broad enough to respond immediately to the player’s most subtle touch - or when called upon, to speak with power and presence - with very little urging. This is an exceptionally comfortable instrument with excellent note separation and balance that makes it an ideal choice for composing and recording.

00

An articulate and well balanced fingerstyle guitar.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Upper bout width/depth
10.3"/3.5"
Lower bout width/depth
14.25"/4.1"
Length
19.65"
Waist
8.3"
Standard specifications
Soundboard
varies
Back and sides
varies
Neck
Honduran Mahogany
Neck profile
Modified soft V
Fretboard
Ebony or Rosewood
Tuners
Waverly or Gotoh
Nut material
Bone
Nut width
1.75"
Peg head veneer
Varies
Pickguard
Clear
Rosette
Varies
Purfling
Rosewood
Back strip
Rosewood
Body binding
Varies
Bridge
Ebony
Saddle material
Bone
String spacing
2.25"
Scale length
25.4 with multiscale options available
Michael's Notes

The 00 is an exceptionally comfortable fingerstyle guitar with a fast response and a sweet sound that belies the body size the guitar and lends itself to a variety of playing styles. 

JM

A mid-sized, dynamic, contemporary guitar.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Upper bout width/depth
11.5"/3.35"
Lower bout width/depth
15.65"/4.25"
Length
19.8"
Waist
9.6"
Standard specifications
Soundboard
varies
Back and sides
varies
Neck
Honduran Mahogany
Neck profile
Modified soft V
Fretboard
Ebony or Rosewood
Tuners
Waverly or Gotoh
Nut material
Bone
Nut width
1.75"
Peg head veneer
Varies
Pickguard
Clear
Rosette
Varies
Purfling
Rosewood
Back strip
Rosewood
Body binding
Varies
Bridge
Ebony
Saddle material
Bone
Brace pattern
Varies
String spacing
2.25"
Scale length
25.4 with multiscale options available
Michael's notes

JM model guitar with 15.6" across the lower bout is designed to have low end presence associated with larger guitars while having the clarity and balance of the smaller OM.

SJ

A big guitar with serious power, big dyamics and a sweet sound.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Upper bout width/depth
11.9"/3.5"
Lower bout width/depth
16"/4.25"
Length
20.2"
Waist
9.9"
Standard specifications
Soundboard
varies
Back and sides
varies
Neck
Honduran Mahogany
Neck profile
Modified soft V
Fretboard
Ebony or Rosewood
Tuners
Waverly or Gotoh
Nut material
Bone
Nut width
1.75"
Peg head veneer
Varies
Pickguard
Clear
Rosette
Varies
Purfling
Rosewood
Back strip
Rosewood
Body binding
Varies
Bridge
Ebony
Saddle material
Bone
Brace pattern
Varies
String spacing
2.25"
Scale length
25.4 with multiscale options available
Michael's Notes

The SJ is a shallow depth, jumbo-sized guitar with a balanced sound of enormous depth and presence. With a standard scale and a neck that meets the body at the 12th fret, the bridge can be shifted more toward the top's sweet spot in the center of the soundboard. This produces a remarkably responsive and resonant instrument with great power across its dynamic range.

Why Buy From The North American Guitar

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Flexible finance options

We offer an array of flexible finance options so that you can secure your dream guitar

Safe and secure packaging

All instruments ship in triple-layered guitar boxes stuffed with packing peanuts

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We use the most trustworthy couriers to give peace of mind no matter the location

No hidden fees or taxes

What you see at checkout is what you pay so there are no surprises at your door

72-hour appraisal period

All our guitars come with an appraisal period meaning easy returns if you’re not satisfied