What happens when you grow up in a corn field and join a rock band after graduating college with a liberal arts degree??

Well, for one thing you have a lot of time on your hands. You learn to maintain and mod your own guitars on the cheap. One thing leads to another, and before you know it there's a 14" bandsaw in the house.

I started building guitars for the same reason I started making music: There was something I wanted that I couldn't get at the local shop. I put years of research, experimentation and practice into the craft of making guitars that can't be found in a store display—guitars that express the things we don't hear in the world around us. There is no feeling quite like playing an instrument that was made for your very hands.

I'm Guy Lorshbaugh, owner, designer, and luthier of Luminous Guitars. Every piece that bears the brand comes straight out of my hands. For now, no automated tools are employed in the build process. Every detail, curve and angle of a Luminous instrument is made to the exacting standards of my careful attention. I have fun with it, from lumber selection to handing items over to UPS. When you order a Luminous, we'll build it together. You'll choose your lumber, your wiring scheme, whatever you like, and I'll keep you involved as I build it. I love sending updates!

This whole endeavor has come to be beacuse I love the guitar. I can't wait to talk with you about how we can make something unique and special.


"I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate and enjoy the Centerline Custom #9 you sent me. It's absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to have another one of your guitars someday. You are not only an amazing builder, but also a great person to deal with. Every detail on the guitar is better than I could have imagined." - Jerry, Michigan USA
"Guy was nothing but helpful and knowledgeable when it came to making my dream guitar come true. With both extensive conversations and picture analysis we were able to achieve exactly what I had in mind. His professional and artistic touches made building this custom guitar a most enjoyable experience. From wood selection, design, tone, form and function, Luminous Guitars did not disappoint!" Lucas, NY USA
"Absolutely majestic guitar.... If only all things in life were this perfect." - Dave, Indiana USA
"The guitar was set-up perfectly and showed up exactly as described. The Luminous guitar is incredibly well made. Guy is a brilliant builder and an amazingly easy seller to work with. Can't recommend Luminous Guitars enough!" - Rob, Kentucky USA (Owner of 3 Luminous guitars!)
"Awesome guitar. The craftsmanship and playability of this guitar is amazing." - Cory H, Wisconsin USA (Owner of 2 Luminous Guitars!)
"Gorgeous stick with meticulous attention to detail. Guy is an outstanding luthier, and this Tele showed up even more beautiful than the pictures led me to expect. Excellent communication throughout the process of adding a Bigsby to make this a truly one-of-a-kind work of art. Gratitude and awe from me. Y'all buy with confidence. 11/5 stars." - James, Texas USA
"Guy is one of the good ones in the business. Beautiful craftsmanship and a pleasure to deal with! Highly recommended!" - Seth, Illinois USA