About

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 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. I have in the past built standard classical guitars, arched back classical guitars and a couple of jazz arch top guitars. But I now concentrate on building steel string dreadnought guitars only.

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 steel string acoustic guitar that looks good and sounds great, then please contact me.