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What's New

- American Standard Hardtail Bridges.

- Left Handed Am. Std. Blocks & Upgrade kits.
Left handed Mexican Std. Blocks & Upgrade kits.

- Callaham Tele Bridge Specialized for Bigsby
Flat Mount styled Vibratos

- Callaham Upgrade Kits for Bigsby B5 & B7 Vibratos

- Swamp Ash Lumber Surplus

   Callaham Guitars ™
217 Park Center Drive
Winchester, VA 22603
U.S.A.
Open 9am-5pm EST M-TH
9am-4pm EST FRI
Voice  (540) 678-4043
Fax   (540) 678-8779
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Welcome and thank you for visiting Callaham Guitars™. We are dedicated to producing the finest Guitars and Replacement Parts for those who want only the best for their instruments.

I have been fortunate to have grown up with the great instruments of the 20th century at my disposal. From Lloyd Loar Mandolins, Pre-war Martins and Gibson instruments to 50's Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Strats and Teles. It is from those great instruments that we establish our base line for tone.

I was also fortunate to have been raised in a machine shop and later earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech. I try to bring all of this experience together to produce our products. Our goal is to produce the finest products available so that every musician will be able to reach their goal.

- Bill Callaham

 
 
What's New !
 
 

 
  • New for 2014 . . .

    Callaham American Standard Hardtail Bridges.

    In order to meet the need for a narrow spaced Hardtail, we now have in stock, American Standard Hardtail Bridges in 3 configurations. They all have 2 1/16" string spacing and the American Standard mounting (not vintage). They will directly fit American Standard Strats, American made Tele Cabronita's, and custom bodies made by numerous manufacturers that offer the American Standard mounting.

    The 3 configurations are: 6 saddles with our narrow vintage styled "cg" saddles, 3 saddle with our enhanced compensated saddles, or 3 saddle with our enhanced compensated Bigsby saddles and reliefed cut for Bigsby use.

    For those building Cabronita's or building humbucker equipped Strats or Teles, these 3 bridges offer the very best options for building a quality instrument.

    Price for

    Callaham Am. Std. Hardtail w/ 6 narrow vintage styled "cg" saddles is $76.50
    Callaham Am. Std. Hardtail w/ 3 enhanced compensated brass saddles is $85.00
    Callaham Am. Std. Hardtail w/ 3 enhanced compensated brass Bigsby saddles
           and reliefed cut for Bigsby use is $95.00

    Plus Shipping

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Callaham American Standard Hardtail Bridges in 3 configurations
Callaham American Standard Hardtail Bridges in 3 configurations

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  • In stock while supplies last . . .

    Left Handed American Std. Blocks and Upgrade kits.
    Left handed Mexican Std. Blocks and Upgrade kits.

    We have done a small run and they are on a first come, first serve basis.

    Price for

    Lefty American Standard Block enhanced is $79.00
    Lefty American Standard Premium Upgrade kit is $145.00
    Lefty Mexican Standard Block enhanced is $79.00
    Lefty Mexican Standard Premium Upgrade kit is $145.00

    Plus Shipping

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Callaham Left-handed American Standard Block enhanced & Callaham Left-handed Mexican Standard Block enhanced
Callaham Left-handed American Standard Block enhanced &
Callaham Left-handed Mexican Standard Block enhanced

 
 

 
 
  • Callaham Vintage Tele Bridge Specialized for Bigsby Flat Mount styled Vibratos.

    This has been an ongoing project with one of our custom builder clients: Creston Lea of Creston Electric Intstruments. At his request, we have developed a vintage Tele bridge using our existing plate Specialized for Bigsby Use. The rear lip of the bridge is reliefed to accomodate the Bigsby tremolo system, and we include a special set of enhanced saddles that are notched so that the 2 1/8 string spacing of the Telecaster is maintained. The intonation screws are also slotted on their tips to allow for easy installation adjustment. The quality of materials and workmanship in this bridge is substantially better than any other Tele bridge of this type on the market today.

    Price is $157.50 plus shipping

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Callaham Vintage Tele Bridge Specialized for Bigsby Flat Mount styled Vibratos - Top View Callaham Vintage Tele Bridge Specialized for Bigsby Flat Mount styled Vibratos - Rear View

Callaham Vintage Tele Bridge Specialized for Bigsby Flat Mount styled Vibratos

 
 

 
 
  • Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Enhanced Brass Saddles Specialized for Bigsby Flat Mount styled Vibratos

    This is our vintage hardtail plate modified for use with Bigsby styled vibratos. The string spacing is set for 2 1/8. This bridge is a great way to use a flat mount styled vibrato with humbucking pickups, or P90 pickups. Those of you building old style 72 Tele Deluxes should find this specialized bridge very useful.

    Price is $95.00 plus shipping

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Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Enhanced Brass Saddles Specialized for Bigsby Flat Mount styled Vibratos
Callaham Vintage Hardtail Bridge with Enhanced Brass Saddles
Specialized for Bigsby Flat Mount styled Vibratos

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  • Callaham Front Roller Upgrade Kit for Bigsby B5 and B7 units.

    All guitars equipped with a Bigsby B5 or B7 Vibrato suffer greatly from reduced frequency response and sustain because of the complete lack of quality of the front roller of the units. Our upgrade kits provides a solid, stainless steel front roller and axil that will widen the frequency response and sustain to where it should have always been. The roller is polished to a mirror finish and is grooved to maintain string alignment. This is a simple retrofit and pays huge dividends.

    Price is $46.00 plus shipping
    (Not for licensed or import bigsby styled vibratos)

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Callaham Front Roller Upgrade Kit for Bigsby B5 and B7 units
Callaham Front Roller Upgrade Kit for Bigsby B5 and B7 units

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  • Callaham Upgraded Main String Shaft for Bigsby Vibratos

    This upgrade eliminates the years of problems and frustration of a Bigsby Vibrato restringing. This again is a polished stainless steel shaft that is counterbored for the string ball ends. Thread the string through the hole and up to the tuner. Works for all models and comes with retaining clip.

    Price is $40.00 plus shipping
    (Not for licensed or import bigsby styled vibratos)

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Callaham Upgraded Main String Shaft for Bigsby Vibratos
Callaham Upgraded Main String Shaft for Bigsby Vibratos

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  • Callaham 360 Arm Bracket for Bigsby Vibratos.

    This is a precision machined arm bracket that allows for full 360 rotation for the vibrato arm. This allows a player to position his picking hand without limit and maintain control of the vibrato.

     

 

Callaham 360 Arm Bracket for Bigsby Vibratos
Callaham 360 Arm Bracket for Bigsby Vibratos

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Price is $45.00 plus shipping.
(Not for licensed or import bigsby styled vibratos)

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  • Swamp Ash Lumber Sale.

    We currently have a large surplus of swamp ash lumber available for our customers interested in building their own instrument. The lumber has been lightly surfaced to just under 2 inches thick, and has been cut to roughly 20 inches in length. The width of each board varies between 6 and 11 inches. For our customers who desire the full "do-it-yourself" (DIY) experience, we will ship two individual boards, with which you may construct your own 1-3/4'' x 14'' x 20'' body blank.

    If you do not have access to the tools needed to produce your own body blank, we can make you a two piece blank that is finish sanded to 1-3/4'' x 14'' x 20''. If you want a different thickness than 1-3/4 inches, that is not a problem.

    This is premium swamp ash we have had for over 15 years. It has been kept in our humidity controlled facility. Because we only make one piece bodied guitars, this wood could not be used. But in order to get the one piece boards, we had to buy the smaller width boards. You will not find better wood anywhere.

    This wood is priced to sell. The more you buy the better we will do on the price. What we will not do is go through the boards and weigh them. One person wants one weight, another person something different. Weight does not define a species. Weight does not guarantee a good sounding guitar. A tree that yields very light boards can spawn a tree that produces heavier boards. It is still swamp ash. Some of you will get light weight blanks, others will get blanks that weigh more. No one will get something that is not swamp ash, and no one will get something that I consider heavy.

    The guitars produced in the 70's could be characterized as being heavy. Now people are suddenly thinking they're great because they are older. I've got news for you, a large majority were junk then, they are junk now and will always be junk. And the reason they are junk is not because they are heavy.

    Local pickup is available but you must call first. We will not reserve lumber; it is first come, first serve. If you want to come and take it all, that is fine by me. Make me an offer I can't refuse.

    Pricing
    DIY 2 piece body board - $40.00 plus below shipping
    Finish sanded 2 piece blank - $110.00 plus below shipping

    There are no returns on wood.

    In the Continental U.S. Shipping will be $20.00 for 1 Blank. If you are ordering 2 or more blanks and/or additional parts, you need to e-mail for a shipping quote.

    International Customers: Please e-mail us with your address and parts and we will provide you with a shipping quote.

    Please e-mail or call us if you need additional details.

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