Jazz Nouveau $8,500
Kula Rose $10,000
Montreux $12,000
Jazz Laureate $16,000
25th Year Anniversary Model* $18,000
35th Year Anniversary Model** $20,000
40th Year Anniversary Model*** $22,000
Bird of Paradise $9,200
Nylon String Arch Top
Bluesette (see "Limited Editions") $7,800


Beamer Model Steel String $7,200
Beamer Model Nylon String $7,500
Hapa Model Steel String $7,400
Hapa Model Nylon String $7,600
LC model **** Steel String $7,600
LC model **** Nylon String
"Tiny Grimes" mini parlor


There are many ukulele models and options available (tenor, concert, single soundhole, double soundhole, tonewoods, etc), with prices too numerous to list here. Please inquire about models, options and pricing.


TKL hardshell $250
Three Ply “Cedar Creek” $350
Five Ply “Cedar Creek” $450
Custom "Ameritage" Platinum [with climate control] $450
Custom "Ameritage" Silver $350
Hoffee Carbon Graphite case $1150
Tarura Carbon Fiber case $1000
Tarura Basalt Fiber case $925


"Ameritage" Platinum $300
"Ameritage" Silver $275
Guardian Vintage hardshell $125
Standard hardshell (included if requested)  

Some of the models pictured are deluxe or custom versions of the standard model. For instance fancy fingerboard inlays and abalone trim are custom appointments. Please inquire about standard appointments.
* 1999 was the twenty fifth anniversary of my first arch top guitar. To commemorate this milestone, I designed a 25th Anniversary model arch top guitar. Due to continued interest in this guitar, I have continued to produce this model.
** The 35th Anniversary model is a very organically designed guitar aesthetically. It is available in highly figured Hawaiian koa carved back and sides. Koa imparts a uniquely sweet, woody tone to the guitar. I think of the 400+ archtop guitars I have made, some of the sweetest, clearest sounding instruments have been constructed out of koa.
***40th Anniversary model. I am now taking orders for a unique arch top guitar - one that I feel is the pinnacle of my arch top designs. The 40th Anniversary model (oh my god how time flies. Have I really been at this for 40 years??!!) has an asymmetrical guitar body with the treble-side waist shifted slightly to the tail end. The body has two "soft" points in the upper bout - one on the bass-side cutaway, and one on the treble-side cutaway. Please see the "Pescatore" design in "Limited Editions" for the body outline. Also I have more photos and details about this guitar available on request.
The Anniversary Models are constructed of very select woods that I have collected and saved over the years for the masterpiece guitars. No-charge options include custom "Color-Burst" finish and simple inlay (such as a name). For more information, please inquire. Amertiage Platinum hardshell case included, pickup optional.

**** Designed in collaboration with Larry Coryell.

All Guitars, Where Applicable

European, or Red (Adirondack) Spruce Top arch - $400
flat - $200
European Maple Back and Sides $700
Englemann Spruce Top arch - $400
flat - $100
Flamed Koa Soundboard (with matching sides/back) $900
Master Grade Flamed Koa sides and back $500 - $1800
African Blackwood Back and Sides $1500-$2500
Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides $2000-$8000
Wood purflings and Bindings $300
Abalone Trim $12/inch
Oval Soundhole (Arch Tops, Bird Of Paradise) $400
Deluxe Carved Ebony Tailpiece $400
24.75", 25", 25.5" Scale Length N/C
Custom Neck Width (other than 1 11/16” or 1 3/4”) $200
Rectangular Abalone/Mother of Pearl Fingerboard Inlays $400
Sunburst Finish or Custom Color $750
Waverly Tuners $100
Left Handed Version (all models) $1,000
Twelve String Version (all models) $1,000
Seven String Version (Arch Tops, Bird of Paradise) $2,000
Custom Pickups/Electronics Inquire
Jazz Laureate Model in American Tonewoods $13,000
Montreux Model in American Tonewoods $11,800
Jazz Nouveau Model with Arched Back $9,500
Bird Of Paradise with Spruce top and hollow body(tailpiiece) $9,800


A deposit of 20% is requested on orders of all standard models. For instruments requiring a considerable amount of custom work, a 50% deposit is requested. Deposit can be made by certified check, bank draft, personal check, or Visa & Mastercard. Payment of deposit initiates the chronological placement of the order. After deposit is made, no price increases are passed on to the customer. The approximate waiting time for ukuleles is 8-10 months. The approximate waiting time for a guitar is 14 - 24 months depending on model. The customer will be notified before shipping. The balance will be due C.O.D. upon completion.

The following is a copy of the agreement to be signed at the time of ordering.

(Click here to print copy)


Thank you for your interest in Grimes Guitars. I take great pleasure in building a custom instrument to satisfy all the needs of the customer. And I take great pains in executing the design that we agree upon. Below are a few notes about the price, deposit refunds, and time of delivery.

At the time an order is placed, the current price of the instrument, including custom work, is the final price. Any increases in the prices of standard models after the date of order are not passed on to the customer. In other words, the price to the customer does not change after the deposit is made, unless additional features or customizations are requested by the customer. In the case of unavailability of a certain material or hardware, the alternative item may reflect a small change in price.

Upon initiation of an order, a twenty percent deposit is required if the instrument is a standard model with a small amount of custom work involved. In the case of a special order or highly customized standard model, a fifty percent deposit is required. This deposit initiates the order and places it in the chronological list for completion. In some cases, a time payment plan can be worked out if this is agreeable to both parties.

Although it rarely happens, occasionally a customer finds it necessary to cancel an order. I have found it helpful to structure a refund policy that attempts to cover for the various contingencies that could arise. Since it takes considerable time to consult with the customer and to process the order, a full refund, less a processing charge of $300, plus any credit card fees, will be made for a period of thirty days after receipt of deposit. After thirty days, and up until a period of 120 days from the date of deposit, the construction process has been started, and a refund of fifty percent of the deposit is made. After this date, the deposit is not refundable, as the guitar is well into the customizing process.

After delivery of the guitar, if the customer is not satisfied for any reason, the refund would consist of seventy five percent of the full price of the guitar. The customer must return the instrument in its original case, in new condition, within twenty one days. Shipping is to be paid by the customer. All refunds will be made within thirty days of receipt of the guitar.

Stated time of completion is an estimate. Occasionally I run a bit late, and sometimes a bit early on the approximated time of completion, but for the most part, the estimate is accurate. If for any reason I am incapacitated and the completion of the guitar is delayed by six months or more, the customer , at his request, will be refunded the entire deposit within thirty days of the request. Grimes guitars carry a limited lifetime warranty on workmanship and materials for the original owner and his/her descendants.

If you have any questions about this agreement, or wish to add something to it, please inquire.

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As of 2012 I've shipped most of the 900+ instruments I've made by UPS or Federal Express. All instruments are packed with extra support inside the hard shell case, with the string tension slack. The case is well packed in an instrument shipping box. The guitar is shipped fully insured. Shipping cost is approximately $150.  There are distinct advantages to building instruments in Hawaii: the climate on the leeward slopes is relatively dry, and most important it is more stable from winter to summer. The shop is maintained at 45% humidity year round. There have been no reports of climate related problems over the years..


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