Bruton Guitars is dedicated to the manufacturing of hand-made, player specific guitars and basses. We offer many models; all of which can be customized to suit the needs of the individual player.
We procure the highest quality woods and materials for each build and we work closely with each client, focusing on their musical interests and design input to achieve that dream guitar. This is a journey that we take together.
"Every detail matters. We start with three basic and all-important criterion; aesthetics, tone and playability. And we find a way to merge these components in a manner where one doesn't take precedence at the expense of another. In other words, it's got to look, sound and play the part in a harmonious way that really inspires."
"Clients typically realize quickly that after deciding to move forward on a build , how many options they really have at their disposal. Wood combinations, neck profile, hardware, pickups and electronics, etc. It's usually an eye opening experience."
Bruton Guitars Custom Shop models
Bruton Guitars Standard Line models
In the coming year Bruton Guitars will introduce its Standard Line. I've selected five models from my current ten to be included in the standard line. They'll be available in six factory colors and maintain the same quality construction and playability as a Custom Shop instrument, and at a price point that I'm sure you'll agree, sounds pretty sweet.
the Odyssey (bolt-on)
About Bruton Guitars
Benjamin J. L. Bruton- Luthier, owner and operator of Bruton Guitars
With an established skill set in fine wood working, a do-it-yourself attitude and nearly three decades of guitar playing, Ben tried his hand at lutherie, building his first guitar in 1998. This would be his main guitar on the road traveling for nearly four years as a professional guitarist in touring band Eleven Foot Seven. In 2002 he secured a year and a half apprenticeship with Rochester guitar builder, Bernie Lehmann of Lehmann’s Stringed Instruments where he learned in detail the finer points of guitar construction.
Immediately following, Ben worked for Stutzman’s Guitar Center for 5 years, (a staple in Rochester since the 1960’s) doing instrument repair work and sales. With honed skills and an increased love for this process Ben opened Bruton Guitars in 2008. For a decade, he has offered a line of hand-made, “player specific” guitars and basses including: solid body models, arch top electrics, arch top acoustics and flat tops.
In addition, Bruton Guitars specializes in stringed instrument repair and other custom work including: refinishes, full restorations (on both vintage and contemporary instruments), setups and fretwork (including full refrets). Bruton Guitars has the ability and capacity to handle nearly any job.
Ben developed a passion for all things music at an early age. Generous exposure by family and friends to a multitude of artists taught him to not only appreciate the richness of music but, to value talent. Becoming a musician was almost not a choice but a proverbial inevitability.
Feverishly learning to play the drums and then later picking up guitar- these were precursors to what would put him on a target for a future career in guitar building. Playing guitar in several band settings with 6 recorded bodies of work to date has given Ben the experience and knowledge of how to apply this “know-how”. In other words, he understands the requirements that a musician expects from their instrument.
Whether it’s a road ready guitar that needs to survive the rigors of touring or, it’s the studio musician that relies on optimum performance and an instrument that delivers that perfect voice every time to fit the part. It is his understanding of this process and attention to detail that sets him apart.
Ben has been building reliable, affordable, great playing guitars and basses collectively for nearly 20 years while also offering repair services to the Rochester music community and beyond for 12 years. Bruton Guitars has developed a loyal clientele that continues to grow over time.