Luthier

Iris Guitar Company

Luthiers
Adam Buchwald & Dale Fairbanks
Location
Vermont

Iris Guitars are the new production model manufactured by Circle Strings. Every Iris guitar is made by hand in Burlington, Vermont in the same small shop as Circle Strings and Creston Guitars, with the same fine attention to detail and quality as those world-class instruments. 

Iris Guitars has streamlined the build process by keeping it simple and focusing on one model with limited options, making their fantastic, vintage-inspired instruments more affordable and accessible.

“My passion for instruments goes beyond building and repair work. As a working musician, who plays banjo, mandolin and guitar, I understand what a musician ultimately wants to get out of their instrument.”

The Guitars

Iris currently offer 6 models, find out more about these below

Models

OG

The original 'OG' Iris Guitar, based upon the beloved LG-1

Standard specifications
Back & Sides
Honduran Mahogany
Soundboard
European Spruce
Braces
Scalloped Adirondack Spruce
Neck & Blocks
Mahogany
Fretboard and Bar Bridge
Katalox
Top Purfling
B/W/B
Binding
Tortoise, White, Black Plastic
Rosette
B/W/B Purfling
Pickguard
Tortoise
Nut
Bone
Saddle
Bone
Bridge Pins
White plastic
Neck Joint
Bolt on mortise and tenon
Tuners
Grover Sta-Tite
Finish
Satin
Case
TKL
Scale length
25"
Nut Width
1 11/16" ( 1 3/4” Available)
Spacing at Bridge
2 5/32

CH

The CH-Model is the second model in the Iris Guitar Company line-up. Named for Cory Hollenhorst, the customer who helped dream up this unique design, the guitar is based on the body shape of our Circle Strings tenor guitar and pays homage to the classic 0-17 model with its simple appointments.

Standard specifications
Back & Sides
Honduran Mahogany
Soundboard
European Spruce
Braces
Scalloped Adirondack Spruce
Neck & Blocks
Mahogany
Fretboard and Bar Bridge
Katalox
Top Purfling
B/W/B
Binding
Tortoise, White, Black Plastic
Rosette
B/W/B Purfling
Pickguard
Tortoise
Nut
Bone
Saddle
Bone
Bridge Pins
White plastic
Neck Joint
Bolt on mortise and tenon
Tuners
Grover Sta-Tite
Finish
Satin
Case
TKL
Scale length
25"
Nut Width
1 11/16" ( 1 3/4” Available)
Spacing at Bridge
2 5/32

AB

The AB Model is the third model in the Iris Guitar Company line-up. This jumbo compares to the size of a Gibson J-185.

Standard specifications
Back & Sides
Honduran Mahogany
Soundboard
European Spruce
Braces
Scalloped Adirondack Spruce
Neck & Blocks
Mahogany
Fretboard and Bar Bridge
Katalox
Top Purfling
B/W/B
Binding
Tortoise, White, Black Plastic
Rosette
B/W/B Purfling
Pickguard
Tortoise
Nut
Bone
Saddle
Bone
Bridge Pins
White plastic
Neck Joint
Bolt on mortise and tenon
Tuners
Grover Sta-Tite
Finish
Satin
Case
TKL
Scale length
25"
Nut Width
1 11/16" ( 1 3/4” Available)
Spacing at Bridge
2 5/32

DF

The DF Model is the fourth model in the Iris Guitar Company line-up. This slope shoulder dread compares to the size of a Gibson J-45

Standard specifications
Back & Sides
Honduran Mahogany
Soundboard
European Spruce
Braces
Scalloped Adirondack Spruce
Neck & Blocks
Mahogany
Fretboard and Bar Bridge
Katalox
Top Purfling
B/W/B
Binding
Tortoise, White, Black Plastic
Rosette
B/W/B Purfling
Pickguard
Tortoise
Nut
Bone
Saddle
Bone
Bridge Pins
White plastic
Neck Joint
Bolt on mortise and tenon
Tuners
Grover Sta-Tite
Finish
Satin
Case
TKL
Scale length
25"
Nut Width
1 11/16" ( 1 3/4” Available)
Spacing at Bridge
2 5/32

Dan Erlewine DE-11

The signature model of the phenomenal Dan Erlewine...

Standard specifications
Back & Sides
Honduran Mahogany
Soundboard
European Spruce
Braces
Scalloped Adirondack Spruce
Neck & Blocks
Mahogany
Fretboard and Bar Bridge
Katalox
Top Purfling
B/W/B
Binding
Tortoise, White, Black Plastic
Rosette
B/W/B Purfling
Pickguard
Tortoise
Nut
Bone
Saddle
Bone
Bridge Pins
White plastic
Neck Joint
Bolt on mortise and tenon
Tuners
Grover Sta-Tite
Finish
Satin
Case
TKL
Scale length
25"
Nut Width
1 11/16" ( 1 3/4” Available)
Spacing at Bridge
2 5/32

Smeck 12-Fret

Based upon the classic Roy Smeck Design...


Standard specifications
Back & Sides
Honduran Mahogany
Soundboard
European Spruce
Braces
Scalloped Adirondack Spruce
Neck & Blocks
Mahogany
Fretboard and Bar Bridge
Katalox
Top Purfling
B/W/B
Binding
Tortoise, White, Black Plastic
Rosette
B/W/B Purfling
Pickguard
Tortoise
Nut
Bone
Saddle
Bone
Bridge Pins
White plastic
Neck Joint
Bolt on mortise and tenon
Tuners
Grover Sta-Tite
Finish
Satin
Case
TKL
Scale length
25"
Nut Width
1 11/16" ( 1 3/4” Available)
Spacing at Bridge
2 5/32

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Iris DE-11

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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

Fully insured global shipping

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