model 16.5

    The model 16.5 is a modern archtop guitar design that can be optimized for various musical styles and playing techniques during the build process. The current base price for a model 16.5 guitar is 4 950,- €, please refer to the price list for detailed information. It also provides an overview of further options. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if the option you are looking for is not included. Listed below are the basic features of the model and some of the options available.


    16 1/2'' lower bout width
    2 3/4'' body depth

    basic features

    25'' scale length
    1 13/16'' nut width
    2 1/8'' string spacing
    graduated european spruce top, bent or hand carved
    oval soundhole or f-holes
    parallel or x-bracing
    hand carved european maple back
    european maple sides
    hardwood bindings & purfling
    european maple neck
    two way truss rod
    solid, bound headstock
    ebony fingerboard & bridge
    polyurethan finish
    bone nut & saddle
    Schaller M6 tuners
    BAM hard shell case

    For your personal, custom-built instrument.

    bent top

    bent top

    Instruments with a bent top are made according to a traditional technique of English viola da gamba making. The arching of the soundboard is made by bending and joining five solid strips of spruce.
    In contrast to a conventionally carved soundboard, fewer wood fibres are cut in this method and the soundboard can be crafted more finely.
    The aim of this method is to achieve a loud, acoustic sound. I therefore recommend a full-body instrument without cutaway.

    integrated pickup system

    The integrated pickup system allows the string vibrations to be recorded in the neck or bridge position or in any conceivable intermediate position. Due to the floating mounting of the pickup, the vibrations of the soundboard are not directly affected and thus do not affect the acoustic sound of the instrument.
    Pickups for this system are available as humbucker, singlecoil or as a wide singlecoil.

    Hello, I am Lukas.

    In my workshop I create modern archtops and steel string guitars with many a unique detail by hand. In my work I combine traditional elements from concert guitar, lute and viol making with modern processing techniques and materials.
    My goal is to design high quality instruments in collaboration with the customer. I want to hand the player an instrument with which he can pursue his passion and precisely realize his musical ideas.

    After studying in Markneukirchen, passing the master craftsman's examination and working with Andreas Cuntz, I now share a workshop with Max Spohn and Milena Schmoller in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

    Do not hesitate to contact me with your wishes, questions or suggestions.
    Thank you for your interest in my instruments.

    LUKAS SCHMIDT guitars

    Lukas Schmidt
    B.A. Musikinstrumentenbau
    +49 160 1 44 62 49
    Termine nach Vereinbarung / By appointment only

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber
    Deutschland / Germany