I would love to work together to come up with a guitar that is truly unique for you. This requires building a relationship of trust between you the player and me the luthier. It involves learning about your playing style and repertoire, what kind of tone or sound you are looking for in a hand made instrument as well as your preferences for the materials used to build the instrument. It can all start with a phone call or email. Please contact me to get the ball rolling.

I have had two spots become available on my 2019 custom guitar build list for delivery in 2020. This is a rare opportunity to get a custom O'Brien classical or steel string guitar built to your specs with expedited delivery. The price is $8700. Contact me with your specs and for more details.

Never heard an O’Brien Guitar? Here is a video of fingerstyle guitarist, Jim Deeming, playing his O’Brien guitar.
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A hardshell case is included with each instrument and every guitar has a ‘no questions asked’ two day trial period.* The sale is not complete until you try it, and are completely satisfied with the instrument. Shipping and insurance are the customer’s responsibility.


This standard classical model has a rich even sound throughout all ranges of the scale. It has a nice bass response and is easily played.

Standard Features:

OM Steel

This OM model steel string has a punch for being a smaller bodied guitar. Basses are loud and blend well with the trebles. The sustain is excellent.

Standard Features:

Occasionally I have both steel string and classical guitars that I can offer at special pricing. They have the same specs and high quality as my commissioned guitars. This is an opportunity to get a high end hand made guitar at factory prices. Contact me for availability.

Visit the Specials page to see in stock guitars for immediate sale.

We’ve had the opportunity on several occasions to admire the instruments O’Brien builds, most notably at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, and his designs, craftsmanship and attention to detail are exquisite. Luthiers Mercantile International – LMI
Congrats on creating a beautiful instrument. I cannot believe it is not a much older concert guitar…the purity of sound is that of a vintage masterpiece…absolutely stunning…well done!!! You know I am a bit of a freak about quality guitars…you nailed it with this one……and yes…a very focused and balanced sound….what a thrill to play. P.

* Be especially careful with the guitar during your trial period, so that a repair charge is not necessary.