Krusa Guitars, USA
Kipp's relationship with wood began in 1993 when he attended The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Townsend, Washington. There he gained a foundation of traditional woodworking skills through the craft of boatbuilding. In 1994 he attended the Timeless Instruments School of Lutherie. Realizing immediately that guitarbuilding was all but unavoidable, Kipp worked for the next few years on commercial fishing boats as he put his shop together. During this time period he developed his skill as a craftsman by studying traditional woodcarving with Chris Pye and Raymond Gonzalez, marquetry with Silas Kopf, japanese woodworking with Toshio Odate and furniture design/construction with Chris Becksvoort, Brian Boggs, Curtis Buchanan and Mike Dunbar. Kipp is deeply indebted to all of these craftsmen for helping him to develop his relationship with both wood and workmanship.
Working with Michael Millard and Andy Mueller at Froggy Bottom Guitars, Kipp deepened his understanding of the intricacies of the traditional X-braced guitar and the guitar building process. It is this traditional foundation from which his designs evolve.
Kipp has worked as a sculptor, a furnituremaker, a CNC programmer, a guitar designer, and a luthier. He has carried with him in all of these professions a pursuit of perfection, purity, and innovation. As a luthier, Kipp combines his mastery of skill with an adept and distinct talent for design.
Kipp's love of music and for playing the guitar hone his perspective on what an instrument should offer. Realizing that the steel string guitar is a tool for non-verbal expression, Kipp strives to craft an instrument that is dynamic and tonally complex across the spectrum. In his one-man shop on his farm outside of Nashville, Kipp uses his skill as master craftsman to turn his passion for guitar building into an art form.
Terms & conditions
Pricing on certain materials is subject to change.
Please contact me for a quote on your dream instrument.
All guitars are priced with Honduras Mahogany back & sides and Sitka Spruce soundboards.
The Monarch is priced with Honduras Mahogany back & sides and a matching Mahogany top.
All carved top guitar models :: $6000
All flat top guitar models :: $4800
Monarch :: $3800
Custom nut width :: no extra charge
Custom string sp. saddle :: no extra charge
Bound headstock :: $250
Fingerboard inlay #1 :: $250
Fingerboard inlay "Pulse" :: $750
Fingerboard inlay custom :: call
Splayed backstripe :: $200
Abalone backstripe :: $150
Abalone top purfling :: $500
Abalone back purfling :: $500
Abalone side pufling :: $1,000
Heel graft :: $200
Mammoth ivory bridge pins :: $175
Mammoth ivory nut & saddle :: $150
Cutaway Venetian only :: $900
Contoured bevel :: $900
Sunburst :: $700
Back & sides
Quilted Mahogany :: $250
Indian Rosewood :: $200
Cocobolo :: $600 - $800
Highly Figured Koa :: $1,000
Wenge :: $----
Claro Walnut :: $400
African Padauk :: $----
Madagascar Rosewood :: discontinued
Thai Rosewood :: $400
Macassar Ebony :: $800
Brazilian Rosewood :: $2000
African Blackwood :: $1000
Sacha Rosewood :: $600
S.E Asian Rosewood :: $400
Cuban Mahogany :: $500
Sitka Spruce :: no extra charge
Cedar :: no extra charge
Sinker Redwood :: $250
Highly figured Bearclaw Sitka Spruce :: $200
German Spruce :: $300
Adirondack Spruce :: $200 to $750
Koa match w/ b& s :: call
Mahogany match w/ b&s :: $100
Fingerboard & bridge
Brazilian Rosewood :: $200
Bloodwood :: $-----
Bocote :: $-----
African Blackwood :: $200
Macassar Ebony :: $100
Madagascar Rosewood :: discontinued