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Making guitars, and making music. That's one of the main focuses for us here at HGG. 


We make our guitars from some of the finest woods in the world; New Zealand timbers. 


Our guitars are all unique as they are built in the workshop by hand. We use traditional hand tools and power tools to create each guitar.


We also build guitars for commission if you have your own custom design ideas for a guitar, or wish to have one of our designs made for you.


In 2015, Al began a journey into luthiery, and began building custom handmade electric guitars out of native New Zealand timbers. Beginning with a nice piece of matai, the process of carving the neck, routing the pickup cavities, and wet sanding the clearcoat finish was a steep but enjoyable learning process. From there, the introduction of macrocarpa, rimu, puriri, european ash, and kauri, were all used in subsequent guitars. And thus, Haven guitars became part of the work that Haven Grove Studio benefits from and comes under.

Let me explain something about guitar playing. Everyone's got their own character, and that's the thing that's amazed me about guitar playing since the day I first picked it up. Everyone's approach to what can come out of six strings is different from another person, but it's all valid.

- Jimmy Page

Note: All prices are in $NZD (New Zealand Dollar). We do not ship internationally at this stage. Any purchase outside of Wellington will require the additional purchase of a guitar case with which to ship the guitar in. You can make your choice of guitar case from Rockshop and we will add this to your final price. We recommend Rockcase or Gator rectangular cases. Purchases within the Wellington area are welcome to come and pick up their guitar upon completion, or have it personally delivered at a small cost.

Native NZ Timber


Wing Series – SVG template files

Using SVG as a format to create vector lines, outlining the curves and shapes of a guitar body has been key in coming up with my own designs. Here I have compiled several of these guitar body designs in SVG format for you to see and use as you see fit. Using a Stratocaster as… (read more)

Wiring up a guitar

Welcome to Crimson Guitars’ Mini-Torial on wiring up a simple guitar circuit, this time with James Blackburn. This circuit consists of a volume pot, a tone pot and a jack input. Of course, many of the guitars these days will include more than one pickup, and so additional wires and a switch is usually required… (read more)

Top mistakes for new Guitar builders to avoid

A great couple of videos to watch if you’re starting out in building guitars. Once you’ve finished watching these, there’s the rest of the Crimson Guitar channel to watch!

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