INSIDE: NASHGUITARS

Nashguitars prides itself on being the "largest independent builder of aged guitars and basses in the world.” While that is true, what they really are is a small family dedicating their lives to a labor of love. 



“We want to make guitars that people feel an instant connection with. Like an old pair of boots or your favorite jeans.” - Bill Nash, Founder, Nashguitars


Nash Guitars are heritage pieces, comfortable and customized from decades of wear, yet technically pristine because each Nashguitar is actually brand new. Enthusiasm drives production and obsession drives quality, painstakingly constructing, setting up, testing, and aging by hand to an acute representation of the perfect vintage model: well-worn and well-loved. It just so happens, Bill Nash found, that’s the way we all like it.

Q&A WITH BILL NASH

What is Nashguitars?
Nashguitars is a family run business with a dedicated group of employees, all passionate about guitars. I started the company in 2003 in our basement, building custom guitars for private clients. We are now shipping over a hundred guitars and basses each month to our dealers throughout the world.

Who is Nashguitars?
Currently we have nine people working at Nashguitars including myself. We all get along and have a great time at work! There are no bosses and most things run democratically. In addition to myself, my son Britton, and my wife Michelle, we have several long-term employees.

Rob, who has been with us from the beginning, has done everything from cutting down boxes to painting and setups, and has been an integral part of both troubleshooting and R&D, is now a full-time airline pilot but still puts in a couple hours a week be it here in the shop, or from the road.

David has been with us for over twelve years, and in addition to doing fret dressings and assembly he is the head of our paint shop.

Matt is our billing and shipping manager, and does fret dressings and assembly.
Robby is our indispensable jack of all trades. He’ll happily take on any project and approach it with meticulous care. Additionally he installs the nut on every guitar and bass we build.

Zach does all of our sanding and steel wooling as well as some wiring.

Paden, our newest employee does assembly, neck cleaning, wiring, and many other tasks that help keep the shop moving.

How did you get started building guitars?
Growing up in a musical family in Los Angeles, I started playing guitar at the age of seven. Back then Ernie Ball had a store on Ventura Blvd, which was where I had my first lesson. Later I took lessons and eventually worked at Kaye’s Music Scene in Reseda CA, which is still there. This is where I started learning setups and minor repairs. Norman’s Rare guitars was within walking distance from my house and this is where the love of vintage guitars started. The “partscaster” thing was going on (Mighty Mite, DiMarzio, Schecter were all making necks, bodies etc) and I built many guitars for myself learning by trial and error, virtually all aspects of building electric guitars. At that time, if you selected good wood, hardware and pickups, it seemed one could make a better guitar than anything bought off the rack. I enjoyed playing clubs, recording and musical instrument work for the next several years. By the mid eighties, I had moved into to the “real world” of business, the gear and building bug never left me.

After many years in the business world, I was about to implode and my wife encouraged me to do something I love - even if we would have to have to live on far less money. Tinkering in the basement led to the first few guitars, which were “new.” These sold well, and additionally I took on custom work including refinishing, full builds, and whatever I could. At some point after a guitar got damaged in final paint, I decided I would not re-finish it but age it to look like an old guitar. This guitar sold in less than 30 minutes. This was a market indicator that there may be a real desire for aged guitars so I adjusted my focus to what we do now.

What components, designs, techniques etc. make Nash guitars unique?
We get very detailed when it comes to the fret dressing, set-ups, nut cutting and other fine details. Painstaking care is taken throughout the build process. The use of thin coats of 100% nitrocellulose lacquer keep the wood light and vibrant. We feel our aging is tasteful and realistic. A guitar should feel like you have owned it forever.

Making our own components helps. On the components we cannot make, being able to have things MFGd to your exact spec is important. For example our CTS pots are made to our own spec and specific tolerances, our Lollar pickups are wound specifically for us. Our goal is to only ship a guitar we would be proud to own ourselves.

How long does it take to make a Nashguitar start to finish?
10-12 weeks is an average build time. There are many factors that can affect the time frame, including special order parts, custom paints, etc.

Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)

Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/Lollar Low Wind Imperial & 3-Ply Mint Pickguard (Serial #CHI392)

$2,195.00
From Nash:

Our T63 represents a big shift in focus from the T52 and T57. This model comes in a Shell Pink finish. This T63 is features a 3-ply mint pickguard, alder body, and a rosewood fretboard. 

Model: T-63 HB
Aging Level: Light
Serial #: CHI392
Weight: 7lbs 4.8oz

Body Type: T Type
Body Wood: Alder
Body Color: Shell Pink
Body Finish: 100% Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck Wood: Northwestern Hard Maple
Neck Shape: Medium "C" (.83-.92 +/-)
Fingerboard Wood: Indian Rosewood
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer - Amber Tint
Fingerboard Inlay: Faux Clay
Truss Rod: Single Adjust at Heel
Fret Size: Dunlop 6105
Number of Frets: 21
Fingerboard Radius: 10"
Nut Width: 1.625"
Nut Material: Graphtech Self Lubricating

Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint
Pickup Neck: Lollar Imperial Low Wind Humbucker
Pickup Bridge: Lollar Special
Potentiometers: 250K CTS - Custom Nash
Switches: CRL USA
Jack: Switchcraft
Capacitor: .047@600 Orange Sprague
Wire: Cloth Covered Gavitt 22 AWG
Hardware Finish: Nickel
Tuning Gears: Gotoh Vintage Style 15:1
Bridge: Comp Brass Saddles

Strings: 10-46 Regular Nickel
Case: Hardshell Case (Vintage Alligator Wedge)
View details

What is Nashguitars’ mission?
We want to make guitars that people feel an instant connection with. Like an old pair of boots or your favorite jeans.

Where does Nashguitars go from here?
We look forward to continuing to make guitars that players enjoy. We also have some new models, colors and specs to introduce into the market in the future. 

Like your favorite rock star, Nash Guitars look best with more than a little wear and tear. For a guitar that is built to stand the test of time and looks like it already has, call, or stop in today to connect with our selection of hand-aged guitars and basses from Bill Nash and family. Your instant old favorite is here and waiting. 

SHOP NASH GUITARS

Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)
Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)

Nash T-63 Shell Pink Light Relic w/3-Ply Mint Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5338)

$1,995.00
Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)
Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)
Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)
Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)
Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)
Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)
Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)
Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)
Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)
Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)

Nash T-57 Surf Green Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5328)

$1,995.00
Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)
Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)
Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)
Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)
Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)
Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)
Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)
Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)
Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)
Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)

Nash T-57 Mahogany Vintage Red Light Relic w/1-Ply White Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5331)

$2,095.00
Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)
Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)
Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)
Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)
Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)
Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)
Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)
Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)
Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)
Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)

Nash T-72 Deluxe Ash 3-Tone Sunburst Light Relic w/3-Ply Black Pickguard & Lollar Pickups (Serial #NG5320)

$2,275.00

Related Posts

Fender Custom Shop Electric XII Super Aged Olympic White Master Built By Carlos Lopez

Fender Custom Shop Electric XII Super Aged Olympic White Master Built By Carlos Lopez

The Fender CS Electric XII Journeyman Relic Super Super Aged Olympic White RW Master Built by Carlos Lopez is one of few Electric XIIs Fender has released since its discontinuation...

Read more
Fender New Releases | 2020

Fender New Releases | 2020

Fender's rolling out a fleet of fresh products, just in time for summer's end. Roadworn returns. New Signature models flash signature touches. The Jazz Bass celebrates 60 years. Tube tone...

Read more
CME Exclusive Squier Classic Vibe '60s Stratocaster

CME Exclusive Squier Classic Vibe '60s Stratocaster

Another stateside exclusive hits the Chicago Music Exchange! The Squier Classic Vibe '60s Stratocaster highlights what makes Squier's Classic Vibe series so impressive, with period-inspired reproductions sporting spot-on looks, playable...

Read more
Squier Classic Vibe Jazzmaster CME Exclusive Purple Metallic

Squier Classic Vibe Jazzmaster CME Exclusive Purple Metallic

Designed by Anderton’s UK and for sale stateside exclusively through the Chicago Music Exchange, this Squier FSR Classic Vibe ‘60s Jazzmaster highlights the comfortable design, playable specs, and modernized pickup...

Read more