Benford Guitars

Benford Guitars Benford Guitars is a small custom shop located 15 minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. We specialize in affordable custom electric guitars and basses.

Benford group shots are always cool to see! Nolan A's trio of Modern S styles.
05/16/2020

Benford group shots are always cool to see! Nolan A's trio of Modern S styles.

Made a rustic T body today out of part of this 8'x5"x3' pine beam.
05/12/2020

Made a rustic T body today out of part of this 8'x5"x3' pine beam.

Fresh out of the shop!
05/10/2020

Fresh out of the shop!

Fresh out of the shop!

Back in the late 90's I was gifted a Kay SG style bass. Just the neck and body. I grafted some pickups and parts from an...
05/07/2020

Back in the late 90's I was gifted a Kay SG style bass. Just the neck and body. I grafted some pickups and parts from an old destroyed 70's Japanese violin bass on to the body. The fretboard was the victim of a botched fretless conversion. There it sat for the better part of 20 years until this past week. I ripped off the old FB, made a new one and shes on the road again.

Fresh out of the shop!
05/01/2020

Fresh out of the shop!

Fresh out of the shop!

Nolan A's Crescent Moon 12th fret inlay. Zircote with a black outline. Brass tube with Zircote insert. Brass tube side d...
04/26/2020

Nolan A's Crescent Moon 12th fret inlay. Zircote with a black outline. Brass tube with Zircote insert. Brass tube side dots.

Brought Nolan A's headstock down to its final thickness and blended it up to the fretboard. Mocked up on the 1 piece Wal...
04/23/2020

Brought Nolan A's headstock down to its final thickness and blended it up to the fretboard. Mocked up on the 1 piece Walnut body.

Building a torrified Maple neck for Nolan A's Walnut S Custom
04/22/2020

Building a torrified Maple neck for Nolan A's Walnut S Custom

Building a torrified Maple neck for Nolan A's Walnut S Custom

Coca Cola T Thinline
04/15/2020

Coca Cola T Thinline

Coca Cola T Thinline

Phil C's Black Limba JM short scale bass
04/11/2020

Phil C's Black Limba JM short scale bass

Phil C's Black Limba JM short scale bass

Made a bunch of progress today on Phil C's Black Limba JM style short scale bass. Cut out the body, routed the neck pock...
04/05/2020

Made a bunch of progress today on Phil C's Black Limba JM style short scale bass. Cut out the body, routed the neck pocket and pickup cavities. Shaped the forearm bevel and lower horn scoop. Drilled the bridge screw holes.

A Coca Cola themed body deserves a matching headstock. Complete with Coca Cola style Benford logo.
04/01/2020

A Coca Cola themed body deserves a matching headstock. Complete with Coca Cola style Benford logo.

Started a new Coca Cola inspired build. Early 70's Coke crate top and rustic Oak body.
03/31/2020

Started a new Coca Cola inspired build. Early 70's Coke crate top and rustic Oak body.

Red Oak and Bubinga pedalboard
03/15/2020

Red Oak and Bubinga pedalboard

If your in the Port Washington, WI area, swing by Eclectic Avenue and check out my collection of Zodiac Pendant necklace...
02/23/2020

If your in the Port Washington, WI area, swing by Eclectic Avenue and check out my collection of Zodiac Pendant necklaces. Made from Wenge with aluminum tube inserts representing all 12 constellations.

New local artist arrives at Eclectic Avenue!

Steve Benford is a custom guitar builder by day and creates these stunning pendants of the Zodiac as well as hearts with leftover varieties of wood from his builds. Watch for more creations in the near future from Steve. Stop on in and check out these quality beautiful pieces that make great unique gifts.

226 N Franklin St, Port Washington
Sat. 10 to 4, Sunday Noon to 3pm, Wed Noon to 5, Thurs 11 to 5, Fri 11 to 5.

Shop down to Eclectic Avenue for cool unique finds!

Fresh out of the shop
12/22/2019

Fresh out of the shop

Fresh out of the shop

Fresh out of the shop!
11/14/2019

Fresh out of the shop!

Fresh out of the shop!

Fresh out of the shop!
10/21/2019

Fresh out of the shop!

Fresh out of the shop!

First coat of finish on JB's Black Limba and Walnut CK. Always satisfying.
10/05/2019

First coat of finish on JB's Black Limba and Walnut CK. Always satisfying.

Always fun turning a block of wood into a body blank.
10/05/2019

Always fun turning a block of wood into a body blank.

Bit of work on JB's neck this weekend. Aluminum tube fretboard and side dots. Got the neck carved along with a nice volu...
09/30/2019

Bit of work on JB's neck this weekend. Aluminum tube fretboard and side dots. Got the neck carved along with a nice volute and heel. I've never used Pau Ferro for a neck before. Fantastic to work with.

95% of the body fabrication finished on JB's CK guitar. Just have to route for the control cavity cover, and drill the o...
09/23/2019

95% of the body fabrication finished on JB's CK guitar. Just have to route for the control cavity cover, and drill the output jack hole. Then on the sanding and more sanding!

A bunch of progress on JB's guitar. Neck got the truss rod and graphite re-enforcement rods slots routed. Fretboard glue...
09/17/2019

A bunch of progress on JB's guitar. Neck got the truss rod and graphite re-enforcement rods slots routed. Fretboard glued on and neck trimmed to fit. Routed for the neck and pickup cavities. White lines are for the body bevel and forearm contour which is coming next.

Transformed this boring 2014 Gibson Melody maker into a super versatile Swiss army knife. 12 possible sound combinations...
09/10/2019

Transformed this boring 2014 Gibson Melody maker into a super versatile Swiss army knife. 12 possible sound combinations! Mods listed in pics.

Transformed this boring 2014 Gibson Melody maker into a super versatile Swiss army knife. 12 possible sound combinations! Mods listed in pics.

Angel inlay filled with yellow glow in the dark powder for the halo and blue for the wings.
08/29/2019

Angel inlay filled with yellow glow in the dark powder for the halo and blue for the wings.

Here is the 12th fret inlay I designed for "Little Angel" All laser engraved and ready for inlay.
08/20/2019

Here is the 12th fret inlay I designed for "Little Angel" All laser engraved and ready for inlay.

08/04/2019

14th Anniversary Sale! To celebrate my 14th year in business, all in stock guitars are 14% off! This is a one time opportunity to save big! http://benfordguitars.com/forsale.html

06/29/2019

Cool short video of the Barnburner T put together by my Nephew Charles Vernier.

Fresh out of the shop
06/15/2019

Fresh out of the shop

Fresh out of the shop

Fresh out of the shop!
06/13/2019

Fresh out of the shop!

Fresh out of the shop!

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Mequon, WI
53092

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Steve is very knowledgeable and helpful with building and assisting in getting you that great guitar for your style and needs . I am currently in the process of buying one of his Excellent custom guitars.
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God Bless you Steve my Strat plays amazing after the fretdress you did!!!I'll send you a recording soon. Thanks!!! Rob