Testimonials

What customers are saying:



Hear Steph Otis paying His Autumn 17″ handmade archtop guitar, click below:

“I own three Tom Bill’s guitars, and they are the best handcrafted instruments I have ever played. For comparison, I also own a 1973 D’Aquisto New Yorker, 1946 D’Angelico New Yorker, Benedetto Cremona, Benedetto Pregio (both handcrafted by Bob Benedetto), Gibson L5 and a Gibson Super 5. If you are thinking about buying a custom handmade guitar, you will be thrilled working with Tom to create an instrument of unsurpassed quality.”

– Steph Otis St.Louis, MO


“After over 30 years of guitar playing and collecting, I found Tom in my search for the perfect archtop, a fine guitar maker in St. Louis. His attention to detail and the gift he is blessed with, make his archtops the most responsive guitars I have ever played, so far.”

– Roberto Paganotta / Rome, Italy


“Couldn’t put it down. Wow! What a beauty! A grand piano in my lap. So cool!”

– David Hilyard / Santa Cruz, CA


“The Kiwi archtop is just simply the best guitar ever, it draws my breath back every time I open the case.The sound holes are more than just pleasing to the eye, it’s so loud acoustically that in a practical sense the design really works and it’s got the best neck for play-ability”

– Mike Jones / New Zealand


“…it has the best sound of any guitar i’ve ever played, it plays great, it looks great, it makes you want to play it all the time, and the sound hole on the upper bout in my opinion is the only way to go. Everyone who’s touched it has loved it, from Vic Juris to Lionel Loueke
and a bunch of other people. Those two specifically asked how to get one, how much they cost and why they haven’t heard of Tom Bills before. Oh, and Greg Trampe said it has the best pickups on a flattop that he’s ever heard. he showed me the sound files in ProTools, putting the pickup track next to the mic track, and they were almost identical.”

– Collin Bay New York, NY


“Dear Tom- I just wanted to follow up in writing my observations about the stunning guitar I received this morning. After we spoke I actually took it home to play in my music room. I was amazed. Pure, piano-like tone. Warm and rich. Nuanced. Wow. A collector of beautiful things would be thrilled to have this. As a player and a collector of beautiful things I am doubly lucky. Thanks again for creating this guitar.”

– M.L. Los Angeles, CA


My Tom Bills has been the greatest sounding guitar I have ever owned. The craftsmanship alone is worth every penny, then add the tone and resonance and it is a masterpiece!! Besides being a pure master of building, Tom is a wonderful person who will work with you every step of the way.

– Wayne Kimler, MO

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