Orignal Kal-Tone Guitars
About Kal-Tone Instruments
Since 1998, Ry Charters has made a wide variety of custom guitars; traditional acoustics, lap steels, resonators, Gibson and Fender variations, and custom designs. We still offer custom designed guitars with an approximate wait time of 6-8 months. Now, Ry and Jay are producing standard models as well. These have a much shorter build time of 2-3 months, and it gives us the opportunity to have completed instruments available.
In keeping goal of producing hand-made guitars in Kalamazoo, Michigan, we aim to keep things “local” as much as possible. Most of our wood is hand selected from local lumber mills. We wind our own pickups, make our own pickguards, and spray our own finishes. We also design all of our guitars in 3D CAD software, and run a small CNC router to make our own precision tooling. And, Kalamazoo is filled with fine craftspeople who we constantly call upon for help making small parts, designing and printing logos and other materials, and providing us with the fuel to keep us going (looking at you, FIDO Motors Cafe!!)