Lubos Naprstek - LUTHIER
By the age of 13, Lubos picked up and learned to play his first instrument, the mandolin. Soon after that he learned to play guitar and found his calling to a life revolving music and instruments. Upon entering high school, Lubos stopped making models and started learning the art of instrument design. With a little help from some local luthiers, Lubos began to dedicate his time to the maintenance, restoration, and repair of any stringed instrument he could find in need of some attention. By the age of 17, Lubos had designed and built his first classical guitar.


In 1983, Lubos emigrated to the United States and found his new home in Boston near the Berkley College of Music. Being surrounded by so many talented musicians gave Lubos the opportunity to continue working on his restorations while immersed in a brand new musical culture. After a year in Boston, he moved south to Miami, another city with a rich and diverse musical history. Here, Lubos found employment repairing the instruments for the band members working on the many cruise ships that made port in the city’s waters.


As he continued to familiarize himself with the various components of the instruments he repaired, Lubos started making his own custom instruments on the side. After a handful of successful builds sold by word of mouth among his close friends, Lubos decided to turn his passion into a career and started building custom instruments full time in 2003. Today, Lubos spends much of his time traveling across the country attending various festivals and trade conventions to promote his business. His specialty in vintage classical guitars also allows him privileged access to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Christie’s Auctions in New York, where he is allowed private measuring and photography sessions with some of the oldest and most rare guitars in the world.


As a musician himself, Lubos has dedicated his life to understanding the mysterious essence every player looks for in a guitar. Each custom piece he designs and builds delivers a unique tone, timbre, voice, and resonance that all musicians look for in a quality instrument. It is this essence that inspires him to create, and he has made it his life’s quest to strike that perfect balance in each custom piece he builds.
Unlike other custom guitar builders who may take upwards of 5 years to create a single, custom piece, Lubos is now delivering a minimum of 10 one-off custom guitars every year. Guitars will be available in two batches, one in spring and one for the winter holiday season, and each will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. If interested in a selection from either batch, Lubos will send you an email with the dates of availability for each batch.

To ensure satisfaction with the finished guitar, every customer is required to visit Lubos at his New Jersey workshop to finalize his/her purchase. Due to quality control issues and incurred convenience fees, Lubos no longer offers shipping services. Each handmade guitar will remain in Lubos’ workshop until paid for and picked up by interested parties.
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Clasical guitars price list To ensure satisfaction with the finished guitar, every customer is required to visit Lubos at his New Jersey workshop to finalize his/her purchase. Due to quality control issues and incurred convenience fees, Lubos no longer offers shipping services. Each handmade guitar will remain in Lubos’ workshop until paid for and picked up by interested parties.

Customization Whether you prefer playing simple, melodic harmonies or heavy, deep trebles and bases in the lower registers, a Lubos Naprstek handmade guitar delivers room-filling sound and acoustics for practice studios and concert halls alike. Depending on the level of sustain or volume you want in your guitar, Lubos can customize the construction process by thinning the top and back of the body and controlling the amount of force applied to the neck design. Additional customizations are available upon request, otherwise all features of the design and build are at the builder’s discretion.
*As of 2/2/14, the current base price of a Lubos Naprstek Classical Guitar is $6,000

Every Lubos Naprstek handmade classical guitar is made from the highest quality wood and premium hardware. They are available in two different styles, traditional and double top, each made with seasonally chosen, master-grade wood selections at the height of quality and richness.
Unless otherwise requested, the guitars are made of spruce and cedar tops with ebony, rosewood, or maple backs and sides. The guitar can be finished in your choice of French polish or traditional lacquer. Lubos can accommodate your requests to achieve your desired dream build, but all Naprstek handmade guitars are guaranteed to deliver performance quality levels of volume, sustain, and projection for years to come.

Features of Traditional Guitars Back and Sides: Rosewood, Maple, or Ebony
Neck (52mm at nut): Cedar with Scarf Joint Headstock
Fingerboard: Ebony 650 mm (other scale available)
Tuners: Premium Sloane, Schaller or Gotoh. Alessi, Rogers or Graf available
Top: Cedar or Spruce
Binding: Indian Rosewood, Bloodwood or Maple - Multi-ply
Case (included with purchase): TKL or Guardian
Lifetime Limited Warranty

Exotic wood upgrades available: Brazilian Rosewood, African Blackwood, Macassar Ebony, Birds Eye Maple, Bubinga, cocobolo, Cocobolo, Quilted Mahogany or other highly-flamed wood. Please inquire for individual pricing.

Features of Double Top Guitars The construction and wood selection of a Double Top has similar features to the traditional style, though these guitars have sandwich top (balsa double top), elevated fingerboard, and arm rest. Warranty

All Lubos Naprstek instruments are covered by limited warranty to the original purchaser for life against defects in material or workmanship. Lubos Naprstek, upon notice of any defect, will repair or replace, at his option, any defective part of material. Purchaser shall assume and pay the cost of all shipping or postage charges of the repaired guitar. Damage incurred by misuse and normal wear or natural cracking of wood or finishes due to changes in temperature and humidity are not covered under this warranty.

Terms of Purchase



  • For prices and availability, please call Lubos Naprstek at 917-204-4189
  • For custom requests such as personalized inlays, unconventional neck shape or width, and string length, please inquire
  • All guitars purchased are given a 3-day approval period before the sale is finalized
  • Prices subject to change without prior notice
  • No third party ordering
  • Anyone interested in a handmade guitar is welcome to visit Lubos at his Hamburg, NJ workshop. For an appointment, please call or email Lubos directly at Lnaprs@gmail.com