Chatsworth Guitars creates individually hand-crafted lap steel guitars.
Built from premium tone woods and high quality components and electronics, each instrument is a personalized work of guitar art.
Our goal is to create unique instruments that are a pleasure to see, hold, play and hear.
Every Chatsworth Guitars lap steel embodies the classic look and vibe of traditional guitar design, while offering the benefits of one-piece construction ~ body, neck and headstock are crafted from a single tone wood unit, providing impressive sustain and resonance.
Optional Hollowbody / Hollo-Neck designs allow the entire instrument to function as a resonating chamber, creating unique alternatives to solidbody tones. Custom T6 aluminum, brass or bone nuts round out each guitar's unique sonic personality.
Attention to detail is important ~ while many builders rely on printed-on fret position markers, unless ordered otherwise, all Chatsworth Guitars lap steels are painstakingly fitted with hand-dressed stainless steel fretwork, adding a look and character that is simply just sexier.
The Models page has examples of recent builds ~ New instruments are always in progress.
Check out the NEW Parlor Models added to the lineup:
Shown in Pine & Aged Brass
with Curly Maple Fretboard
Goldfoil neck pickup, Piezo on the reso cone
Designed to bring new acoustic voices to the lap steel tone library, these new Parlor models have truly vintage souls and amazingly unique voices...
Shown in African Mahogany
and Waterfall Bubinga
with Bolivian Rosewood Fretboard
Goldfoil bridge pickup
The woody, acoustic voices of these new Parlors offer abundant options for new tones and textures...
Fabulously well worn, these guitars are designed, finished and outfitted to look, play and sound like well-experienced, decades-old instruments. The vibe is distinctly vintage and well-worn, and the tone ~ from sweet, bell-like chime to raw, gritty drive ~ represents the very best of our "Creamy to Screamy" sonic philosophy.
Contact us to inquire about options or to start your new custom lap steel guitar.