Thank you for taking a look at my website. If you have any questions please email or call.

I would like to thank Michael Dempsey for his support and input on the creation of the Vail 12 spring model. In appreciation of Michael's continued support I am renaming the MJC12C model as the "Dempsey Signature Guitar".

I have been experimenting with variations in wood which can create interesting tones and are visually appealing. One of my new variations is the: Lutz spruce top. To learn more about some of the woods that I have been purchasing please click on this link to the High Mountain Tonewood Company

From Gary Vail - Luthier Of Vail Guitars

Reasons why a Vail Handcrafted guitar is the smart choice.


Fitting the guitar to the player is very important and a much overlooked concern. If you are not comfortable playing your guitar than progress and enjoyment will be compromised. Every persons hands and fingers are unique. So why should a "one size fits all" be the guitar for you? Guitar factories think that you can compensate but they are not the ones playing the guitar!!

After ordering a Vail Guitar you can come to my shop where I will observe and assess your playing style and your unique hand/finger configuration. At that time we can try various neck & body shape sizes to determine the perfect fit for you.

Tone & Sound

Your handcrafted guitar will it's top voiced to bring out it's optimal potential of different woods that are available. Every piece of wood is different by nature and needs to be crafted accordingly. Every ear, like hands/fingers is unique to the individual. Certain woods are more pleasing to one person than another. Factory made guitars are made to the same specifications. Assuming of course that all ears are the same!


When purchasing a Vail Guitar you will have a unique, one of a kind, guitar. You will have the opportunity to select your tone woods, neck dimensions, and decorative appointments that match your passions in life.

My hope as a luthier is that people would be open to change in their thinking regarding tone woods. You don't need a clone of what everybody else has.