Circa Guitars

Luthier John Slobod began his career in 1993 at the Timeless Instruments 2 month guitar building intensive. When John left Timeless, he went immediately to work for Dana Bourgeois. At Bourgeois, he hand carved many necks, voiced hundreds of tops, and did the binding work and final voicing on almost 4000 guitars. In 1998, John left Bourgeois to work with Julius Borges and Eric Schoenberg.

Since leaving Borges/Schoenberg in 2000, John has been building his own line of vintage inspired instruments using traditional materials and construction methods under the name Circa Guitars. John works closely with each client to optimize the voice and feel of each guitar, and has collaborated with many top players to help them better express their art through the guitar, including: Tony McManus, Al Petteway, Steve Baughman, Stephen Bennett, Evan Hirschelman, Paul Asbell, Mark Cosgrove, Amy White, Bryan Clark, Ed Dodson, and Seth Austin.

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Available Models

SOLD: 2016 Circa Guitars OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Red Spruce Top
BRW Bindings
Style "42" Top Border & Rosette
Pickguard w/"45" Deluxe Style Inlay
Plek by TJ Thompson
BRW Headstock Veneer w/Torch Inlay
Gold Engraved Waverly Tuners
Fossilized Ivory Nut, Saddle & Bridge Pins
Calton Case




SOLD: 2012 Circa Guitars OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
German Spruce Top
Ebony Bindings
Abalone Rosette
BRW Fingerboard
BRW Headstock Veneer
Nickel Waverly Tuners w/Ebony Buttons
Trinity Pick Up




SOLD: 2011 Circa Guitars 00

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Honduran Rosewood Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Ivroid Bindings on Body, Neck & Headstock
Violin-Cello Rosette
Ebony Fingerboard
Ivory Bridge, Saddle & Nut
BRW Headstock Veneer
Nickel Waverly Tuners




SOLD: 2011 Circa Guitars 00 12 Fret

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00 12 Fret from 1930s Martin Pattern
Macassar Ebony Back & Sides
Italian Spruce Top
Flamed Rock Maple Neck
Red Spruce Braces
Hide Glue on all Braces & Bridge
Nitro Lacq Finish
Black Cocobolo w/ Sapwood Head Plate
Black Cocobolo Rosette
Maple & Mahogany Purflings
Macassar Ebony Fretboard
Gaboon Ebony Bridge w/Bone Pins
Gold Waverly Tuner w/Ebony Buttons
25.4 scale length
1-25/32 nut
2-1/4 bridge spacing