Custom Built Acoustics Patten Guitars Ltd is a custom guitar builder owned and operated by Patrick Patten. It is located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. For over 30 years I have been building custom acoustic guitars using the finest tone woods available. Every guitar is different and made to fit the needs of the customer. We use exotic woods as well as North American varieties. Whatever the customer requests. Most custom builds take 2 - 3 months and range in price from $1,200 - $2,500. We use Sitka Spruce, Engelmann Spruce, Appalachian Spruce and Mahogany for the top tone wood. The sides and back can be anything from quilted maple to rosewood. The choices are many.
Guitar Repairs A big part of our business is repairing broken guitars, especially older guitars that have been kept in gramma's attic for the past 20 years. These old gems can be coaxed back to life with a lot of work and patience. The finished result is definitely worth the time and effort.
New guitars get broken too. Falling off the stage, a loose strap button and whammm ! You get the idea. We repair the broken wood parts as well as re-finish paint and lacquer. I have fixed numerous broken necks where the customer was sure the guitar was ruined. Delaminations, cracks, bridge lifting, loose internal braces. We fix every part of a guitar.
Restorations This is the fun stuff. When a customer comes in with a vintage guitar and wants it restored so he can continue playing it in it's original state. These are the challenging projects that require experience and skill. It would be easiest to simply replace old parts with new ones but that would immediately reduce the value of the instrument and change it forever. Original may not always be the best but it is imperative to maintain the value of the instrument. Repairs using vintage parts and building materials is what good luthiers dream of. It's a blast.
Electric Guitars In recent years Patten Guitars Ltd has been building and customizing electric guitars. Customer demand has made electric guitar repair and set-up a big part of our business. It has also led us to become suppliers of pickups and various other guitar parts. Custom electric guitars is a growing part of our business. We use exotic and local woods for our guitars. Custom pickups and high quality electronics are used in these guitars. Each guitar is built to the customer's specs.
Electric Guitar Pickups We currently are the only Canadian supplier of Railhammer pickups and the Texas Van Zandt hand wound pickups. We also have access to boutique pickup builders in our region. They can custom wind a pickup to match your desired sound.
Custom and Vintage Pickup Winding We have all the equipment needed to custom wind pickups. We don't mass produce pickups but we often have to re-wind a vintage pickup that no longer works. We can also custom wind a pickup to a customer's specs. We have newer poly coated wire as well as vintage enamel wire for that truly vintage sound. Pickups can be wax potted or left unpotted for that gnarly feedback sound some musicians want.