Alistair Thompson Guitars

Hi my name is Alistair Thompson and I am a guitar builder (luthier) located in Pretoria, South Africa. I have been building guitars for over 25 years, initially as a hobby, but now full time since retirement. I come from a science background, and am a self taught luthier.

The guitars that I build are handcrafted steel string and nylon string acoustic instruments built in Africa, the cradle of civilisation. I build each unique guitar myself by hand, slowly and carefully. No CNC technology is used.

Hand tools and basic shop power tools as found in any workshop are used. In short, I build traditional, handcrafted guitars with a deep love and respect for the woods I use. I strive to create aesthetically beautiful instruments with a great sound.

My guitars (back, sides and neck) incorporate woods only found in Africa, and chosen because of their special beauty and acoustic properties. But I also use the finest tone-woods that all builders of fine guitars worldwide use.

If you are looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind, beautiful, handcrafted acoustic guitar that looks good and sounds great, then please contact me.