La Due Guitars

La Due Guitars

     La Due guitars are built here, in a 900 square foot shop in the Town of Triangle, NY. Guided by a simple philosophy of pleasing sound, aesthetics, craftsmanship and stewardship, each guitar is made one at a time, using traditional machinery and hand tools. Every wood part of the guitar is made here.  Making guitars is my art. It’s my dream. It’s where I live. Every guitar is my signature in sound and aesthetics.  

It’s my purpose and goal to make excellent, conservatively priced one-off guitars that use the beauty of our local hardwoods combined with tasteful appointments. The combinations of woods, rosettes, bindings and purflings makes an aesthetic statement punctuated by good craftsmanship and enhanced by pleasing tone and presence. My guitars are a polite assertion of the beauty and diversity of our Northeastern hardwoods and a demonstration of the wise and frugal use of a precious resource. 

Model J55-B

Model J55-B

Headpiece detail of a jumbo bass....
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Model J55-B

Model J55-B

Back view, spalted Maple...
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Model J55-B

Model J55-B

A jumbo acoustic bass, #123, Figured Douglas Fir top, Soft Maple rims, Spalted Maple back. Endicott, NY ...
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Model LM-C

Model LM-C

# 49, a classical guitar in White Ash with a Douglas Fir top. Knoxville, TN...
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Model LM-C

Model LM-C

# 49, a classical guitar in White Ash with a Douglas Fir top. Knoxville, TN...
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Model L-MJ

Model L-MJ

#96 A very tasty guitars with spruce top, White Ash back, rims and neck with Green Poplar heartwood trim. Philadelphia, PA....
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Model L-MJ

Model L-MJ

#97, "The Parchment Map" Bearclaw Stika Spruce, Bird's Eye Maple, Walnut, Cocobolo. La Due Guitars private collection. ...
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LM1-12 #42

LM1-12 #42

Back of an LM1-12 in American Sycamore. Long Beach Ca.  ...
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J55 Acoustic Bass #122

J55 Acoustic Bass #122

A custom acoustic bass in quarter sawn White Oak with a Douglas Fir top. Knoxville, TN  ...
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Model ML63

Model ML63

A small body with a custom scale length. Bearclaw Spruce top, Curly Soft Maple back and rims with Padauk armrest and trim. #118, Mount Juliet, TN  ...
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Model LMP

Model LMP

A parlor guitar made for a six year old girl; Black Walnut back & rims, Honduras Mahogany top. #114, Colorado Springs, CO....
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J53

J53

The Black Cherry and Black Walnut back of a nice jumbo, trimmed in Purpleheart. #107, Deposit, NY....
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LM1

LM1

Multi-piece back in Cherry and Walnut. #106, Pittsburg, PA.  ...
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Fullsizeoutput 580

Fullsizeoutput 580

Douglas Fir top from the previous photo. Douglas Fir tops are quite popular at La due Guitars...
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Model L-MJ

Model L-MJ

In the hands of its owner, an L-MJ custom in Bird's-Eye Maple, Spruce, with Walnut and Pau Fero trim. #102, Hartford, CT....
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Model LM-1

Model LM-1

Model LM-1, Cedar top, Black Cherry back and rims. #92, Baltimore, MD....
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Model L-MJ

Model L-MJ

Detail of an L-MJ (mini jumbo) in very old Bird's-Eye Maple with a Bearclaw Spruce top. #97, La Due Guitars private collection....
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Model LM-1

Model LM-1

A walnut body, trimmed in Cherry with an Adirondack Spruce top. #111, Binghamton, NY  ...
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LM1-12

LM1-12

The back of a an LM1 12 string in 5000 year old Bog Oak. ...
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Model J53

Model J53

A 17 inch jumbo guitar in Walnut...
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La Due model J53-12-L

La Due model J53-12-L

A left handed 12-sting jumbo in Black Cherry, Douglas Fir, trimmed with Purpleheart and Bog Oak  ...
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La Due model LM-1

La Due model LM-1

Model LM-1 with a unique Cypress top from buried, salvaged material, combined with a salvaged Curly Maple back, rim and neck. La Due Guitars private collection....
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