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WELCOME TO HOWARD GUITARS

Howard guitars is an old fashioned brick & mortar guitar shop run by an actual Luthier with 35+ years of experience.

I run a small shop with an emphasis on personal service offering a complete range of repair & modifications. When you come in to my shop, you always deal with me not some part time sales clerk so expert advice is always available and often free. My goal is simple, to make the world a better sounding place one guitar at a time! I can take care of your entire guitar rig from the tuning keys to the speaker cone and everything in between. I also stock a nice selection of quality new & used guitars, strings, accessories & related gear at prices for everyone. Additionally I offer completely handmade, one of a kind instruments made right here in Magnolia Delaware

While I do sell via the internet you will find no shopping cart here…..This also allows you to take advantage of the fact that Delaware has no sales tax. While internet sales (Reverb, etc.) must charge tax in your home state, phone orders are treated as over the counter sales and are tax free here. And I would rather talk with you in person via the good ole telephone to make sure you get just what you want and need. So just call or text. I accept all major credit cards, PayPal and of course good old fashioned cash.

SALES

I am an authorized dealer and stock instruments, parts & products from many major brands including;

Aria& Aria Pro II, Danelectro, Eastman, Ovation, Ernie Ball, Jim Dunlop, Dimarzio, Seymour Duncan, D’Addario, Gotoh, Schaller, Grover, Buzz Feiten, Ken Smith, LR Baggs, Peavey, Savarez, Tone Pros, Bigsby, GHS, Hipshot, TKL, Grover, JJ tubes and many many others.

I also carry used and vintage gear so of course trade-in’s are always welcome here. Special orders? No problem! And with my expertise & experience you are assured of getting the parts you actually wanted that will actually fit your guitar.

Then if you want I can install everything I sell right in house, and being an authorized Dealer means all products come with their full warranty.

I accept all major credit and debit cards, Paypal and of course good old fashioned cash. So just stop by, call, text or e-mail to check inventory, place an order or make an appointment.

Call or text 302-310-2035

Email: howardguitars@verizon.net

SERVICE

I offer a complete range of guitar repair, modification & restoration all done in house. Everything from set up and routine maintenance to museum quality restorations or one of a kind instruments. I stock many common parts to keep turn around time on your instrument as fast as possible and I am a dealer for many manufacturers so I can special order the correct parts for your project at competitive prices.

YOUR INSTRUMENT MUST BE IN A GIG BAG OR CASE TO BE LEFT FOR REPAIR! (I have them available for purchase)

AMPLIFIER SERVICE & REPAIRS

I service and repair instrument amplifiers and other guitar related gear. Everything from routine cleaning and maintenance to complete overhauls. Most common tubes in stock.

Unlike guitars, amps must be examined and tested in some depth to assess their condition and health. As such all amps brought for service will be charges a $40 bench fee when dropped off. This will cover the diagnostics portion of your service and includes visual inspection and tap test of all components & signal test with generator/oscilloscope. After which you will be contacted with recommended service/repairs and a quote for them.

Not responsible for items left after 90 days past notice of completion

The LUTHIER

My name is Brian Howard. I have been a guitar player since I was a small child. My career as a Luthier began January 1st, 1984. That was the day I installed one of the very first Floyd Rose tremolo bridges ever produced into my main guitar. This not only included routing out the body simply to accept any tremolo but also recessing the bridge into the top of the guitar. A feature that wouldn’t appear on production guitars for several years. And yes,I still have that guitar!

For many years the guitar business was a second line of work and I paid my bills building custom furniture and making custom millwork & cabinetry. As I honed my fine woodworking skills a desire to make high quality guitars began to stir. Combined with the fact that I could never find an acoustic guitar that felt & sounded right for me I decided to design and build my own from scratch starting with a blank piece of paper.

That first acoustic guitar was finished in early 2010. By 2013 I was already an up and coming maker and was invited to display my work at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase along side such greats as Symogi and Petros.

Also in 2013 I started making electric guitars as well and now routinely build the things no other shop, even the mighty “Custom Shops” will not… like an 8 string strat-type or a faithful Junior Brown style Guit-Steel. I can even custom wind pickups for you right here.

When I make a guitar for you, you are part of the process from the wood selection on out. Every part of your guitar will be just for you. I guarantee it.


“Brian Howard is an amazingly skilled super craftsman. I sent in my favorite Gibson Custom Shop Axcess guitar because of neck instability. Brian installed carbon fiber rods, new ebony fret board, stainless steel frets and even kept the nibs. I’m floored!!!!! 5 Stars. I love the guitar even more now. Couldn’t be happier with his work. Lifetime new customer here!”

“Brian re-set the neck on a used Martin guitar for me. Just picked it up. He did a great job and the guitar sounds really nice. I would highly recommend. They also carry a nice selection of new and used guitars. Check them out for XMAS !”

Call or text (302) 310-2035 or email howardguitars@verizon.net

CURRENT HOURS

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

SOME OF MY CUSTOM INSTRUMENTS