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Trevor Binford is a musician, teacher, and craftsman – and he combines all these talents into one job. As a luthier, a maker of stringed instruments, he specialises in creating guitars that have the perfect balance of design and function.  Now based in Onehunga, he is keen to share his skills and knowledge, and has started ‘Guitar Buildshop’ where clients can create their own instrument.

After a year-long, basic, guitar building course, Trevor spent a two-year apprenticeship with Bob Benedetto in Savannah, Georgia, developing and honing his skills. A custom-made Benedetto arch-top jazz guitar sells for $40,000, the production ones at a more modest $6,000; when Trevor says he “learned from one of the best”, he has some justification!

Trevor has opened his own Luthiery at the south end of Selwyn Street. From these premises he builds custom guitars, repairs guitars, banjos and ukuleles, and runs the Guitar Buildshop. This last is, he says, the highlight of the business. Clients discuss their ideas and are led one step at a time through the process of designing and building their own guitar. They start with pieces of sustainably-sourced European and American wood, and a concept, and finish several months later with a personalised instrument. There are some great images and testimonials on Binford Luthiery’s facebook page, from delighted clients.

Building your own guitar, “will cost the same as buying a quality instrument, but you have created it with love and pride. Part of you is in that guitar, and it fits you perfectly”, Trevor explains. If you’d like to find out more, phone 022 032 3684 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .















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