Luthier

Kraus Guitars

Luthier
Bill Kraus
Location
Middleport, NY
Founded
2004

Taking inspiration from classic Martin and Gibson designs, luthier Bill Kraus is hand-crafting incredible guitars in his workshop up in the Rust Belt region of New York state.

After completing the Roberto-Venn Luthiery School intensive course in 2003, Bill immersed himself in repair work, giving him a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to his own guitars. He offers a selection of classic designs with a range of tonewood and appointment options, all with his signature flawless fit and finish.

“From an early age I have been drawn to music, and over the years as my interest grew, I became fascinated by musical instruments.”

Though his core designs take clear inspiration from Martin and Gibson classics, Bill offers a range less common tonewoods, from black acacia to ziricote, and more modern features like cutaways and Ryan-style arm bevels.

The Guitars

Bill offers a range of familiar Martin-inspired models

Models

0000

With an added inch across the lower bout, the 0000 has the balance, clarity and comfort of an OM with added volume and bass.

Specs below are Bill's base price offerings. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Upper bout
11-3/4"
Waist
10-7/8"
Lower bout
16"
Body length
20"
Depth
4"
Neck/body joint
14
Scale length
25.34"
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Indian rosewood, Honduran mahogany, cherry or black walnut
Neck
Two-piece mahogany
Rosette
3-ring traditional style
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Case
Ameritage

000

Bill's short scale 000 is a sure fingerstyle favorite.

Specs below are Bill's base price offerings. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Upper bout
11-3/8"
Waist
9-3/4"
Lower bout
16"
Body length
20-1/8"
Depth
4"
Neck/body joint
14
Scale length
24.9"
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Indian rosewood, Honduran mahogany, cherry or black walnut
Neck
Two-piece mahogany
Rosette
3-ring traditional style
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Case
Ameritage

L-00

Based off of the classic early 20th century Gibson design, Bill's L-00 is a punchy, commanding small-bodied guitar.

Specs below are Bill's base price offerings. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Upper bout
10-7/8"
Waist
8-7/16"
Lower bout
14-3/4"
Body length
19-1/4"
Neck/body joint
14
Scale length
24.75"
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Indian rosewood, Honduran mahogany, cherry or black walnut
Neck
Two-piece mahogany
Rosette
3-ring traditional style
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Case
Ameritage

D

The large-bodied classic dreadnought.

Specs below are Bill's base price offerings. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Upper bout
11-1/2"
Waist
10-7/8"
Lower bout
15-3/4"
Body length
20"
Neck/body joint
14
Scale length
25.34"
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Indian rosewood, Honduran mahogany, cherry or black walnut
Neck
Two-piece mahogany
Rosette
3-ring traditional style
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Case
Ameritage

00

Small-bodied 14-fret 00 with short scale length.

Specs below are Bill's base price offerings. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Upper bout
10-7/8"
Waist
9-1/16"
Lower bout
14-5/8"
Body length
18-3/4"
Neck body/joint
14
Scale length
24.9"
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Indian rosewood, Honduran mahogany, cherry or black walnut
Neck
Two-piece mahogany
Rosette
3-ring traditional style
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Case
Ameritage

0

The smallest in his line-up, Bill's 0 is a delightful little parlor-size guitar.

Specs below are Bill's base price offerings. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Upper bout
9-3/8"
Waist
8-1/8"
Lower bout
13-3/8"
Body length
19"
Neck/body joint
12
Scale length
24.9"
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Indian rosewood, Honduran mahogany, cherry or black walnut
Neck
Two-piece mahogany
Rosette
3-ring traditional style
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Case
Ameritage

OM

The mid-sized, versatile classsic.

Specs below are Bill's base price offerings. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Upper bout
11-3/8"
Waist
9-7/16"
Lower bout
15"
Body Length
19-1/2"
Neck/body joint
14
Scale length
25.34"
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Indian rosewood, Honduran mahogany, cherry or black walnut
Neck
Two-piece mahogany
Rosette
3-ring traditional style
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Case
Ameritage

12-Fret 00

The 12-fret version of his standard short scale 00.

Specs below are Bill's base price offerings. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Upper bout
10"
Waist
8-1/2"
Lower bout
14-5/16"
Body length
19-9/16"
Neck body/joint
12
Scale length
24.9"
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka spruce
Back and sides
Indian rosewood, Honduran mahogany, cherry or black walnut
Neck
Two-piece mahogany
Rosette
3-ring traditional style
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Case
Ameritage

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