To boldly push the limits of design,
to fearlessly explore alien sonic realms
and to provide fellow tone scientists with
stunning instruments of superb quality and playability.
Some might consider our aspirations sheer folly, unattainable by mere Earthlings. But who said anything about mere Earthlings? With this dream team, expect the improbable!
Design, Prototyping: Hugh Schick
Hugh is a highly respected musician with credits ranging from L.A. punk bands to critically acclaimed jazz recordings with Vinnie Coliauta and Yusef Lateef. He is also widely known for design innovation in the restaurant industry, a talent now directed toward the task of building the finest, funnest guitars and basses in the world. Visit www.hughschick.com for more information.
Design Consultant / Prototyping: Dan Ransom
Dan is a 40-year veteran luthier who is known for one-off custom builds. Dan started as a violin builder, then worked as a luthier for seminal companies like Alembic and Modulus Graphite. These days, Dan hand-builds boutique guitars one at a time. Clients like Joe Satriani and Henry Kaiser attest to his immense skill, flexibility, and overall desire to create a special instrument for each musician. With vast technical knowledge and a wide-open mind, he is comfortable building virtually any style of guitar to suit clients’ individual needs. Here is a Los Angeles Times article about Dan from before he got too busy to give interviews.
Design / R&D: Grover Jackson, Laguna Hills, CA.
Grover looms large in the guitar world, having worked with Slash, Eddie VH, Alan Holdsworth, and countless other guitar heroes since the late 1970s. His workshop in California, GJ2 Guitars, produces everything from pickups to hardware, designed with the input of the world’s most demanding musicians. For more information visit GJ2 Guitars at https://gj2guitars.com/ or the GJ2 Guitars YouTube channel and also Grover Jackson’s Wikipedia page.
Setup and Final Inspection: Gary Brawer, Master Guitar Technician
Gary is a highly-sought-after guitar-tech-to-the-stars, with Buckethead, Carlos Santana, Neil Schon, and Joe Satriani as regular clients. Gary also writes a popular column on the art of guitar repair for “Guitar Player” magazine. Gary inspects and sets up our instruments to each buyer’s individual specs (optional). For more information visit his website http://brawer.com/.
Finishes & Customization
All finishes are polyurethane (ultra-durable high gloss) unless otherwise noted.
Many additional colors / finishes available, including nitrocellulose and tru oil: you get exactly what you want, you tend to play better.
We can customize to virtually any degree.
You can select a lot more than specific colors and tonewoods. We offer an immense line of hardware and tremolo options to suit your needs. If you happen to love vintage pickups, we have a huge collection of Gibson PAF humbuckers and patent-sticker minihumbuckers, lipsticks, moustache pups, kleenex / Kessel / gold K, 60s Supro single coils, American and Japanese gold foil pickups, Fender wide range humbuckers in stock, ready to install in your new guitar.
If not, we work with Lollar, Fralin, Novak, Dominger, TVJones, Roadhouse Pickups, Mastery Bridge, HipShot, Babicz, TonePros, and many other top suppliers to ensure that you get exactly what you need.
All Hü Tonelabs guitars are built with unique design features and components that create a characteristic sound and an unmistakable look. Select any of the guitars under this menu tab or here below for descriptions, technical specifications and large format images.