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For over 20 years, Philadelphia, PA-based luthier Bill Comins has been dedicated to refining a line of instruments with the main focus on archtop jazz guitars.

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Comins GCS-16-1 archtop in Vintage Blonde and a GCS-1 semi-hollow in Autumn Burst

Bill Comins began playing guitar at an early age, eventually going on to study jazz guitar at Temple University. His initial career as a working musician and private instructor gave way to a lifelong pursuit of the art of Luthiery.

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The hallmarks of Bill Comins’ Guitars include precise setup work, comfortable feeling necks, a clear and round high-end, punchy mids, and a “broken-in” or “old wood” sound.

I attribute the success of my instruments to sensibilities acquired through my years of playing.”

Producing a limited number of pieces per year, Bill builds custom instruments for an international clientele consisting of professional and novice musicians, educators, and collectors. His work has been recognized in magazines, books, and formal exhibitions. Maintaining a one-on-one association with his customers, Bill remains mindful of each instrument’s intended use and approaches every project with reverence. [View More Comins Guitars History]

Bills offers both Handcrafted Artisan Guitars as well as his affordable Guitar Craft Series.


Chester Avenue

Adorned with master grade tone woods and meticulous detail throughout, the Chester Avenue model remains the flagship of Comins’ standard archtop line.  [View More]


Regally appointed and possessing a contemporary flare, the Classic Model is offered as a straight-ahead jazz box. [View More]


The Concert Model, carved from solid woods, possesses the same high standards of tone, playability and workmanship as the Chester Avenue and the Classic models. Its modesty in appointments and violin style shading, however, implies an aura of timeless simplicity. [View More]

Custom guitars, Arboretum with Jazz Nylon strings, and Lyrist Solid Body also available.

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