Kim Walker

Kim Walker has been involved full time in the musical instrument making business since 1973, beginning as a banjo and dulcimer maker. He started making flattop guitars in 1974. In 1979 he went to work for noted collector and dealer George Gruhn. By 1984 he was running Gruhn's six man repair shop. In 1986 he started making prototypes for new models for the Guild Guitar Company. In 1987 he was hired by Guild to be head of their R&D and custom shop. By 1988 he was supervising production as the assistant plant manager. Being involved in all phases of production of some 50 guitars a day is a great way for a maker to get his chops up! In 1994 Kim started Walker guitars, making both flattop and archtop guitars. During all the years at Gruhn's and at Guild he maintained a personal studio to create custom instruments.

Walker's flat top designs are mostly influenced by C. F. Martin’s classic pre-war period with a bit of Gibson from the 30's, 40's and 50's. He then adds a modern neck to the formula and finishes them with a beautiful varnish. Each guitar is tap tuned to meet the requirements of string gauge and playing style. His guitars have great tone, power and dynamics. His archtop designs are a synthesis of influences. He sees John D'Angelico's work as his main inspiration mixed quite heavily with Jimmy D'Aquisto's work; add some Gibson Lloyd Loar period work and the twist of Walker and voila!

Walker brings together new technology available today as well as proven Old World techniques. The use of premium woods and materials combined with 25+ years' experience make Walker guitars truly master grade instruments. George Gruhn commented, "Kim is one of the finest craftsmen I have ever met; his workmanship and sense of aesthetics are truly extraordinary, on par with the highest rated makers of yesterday and today."

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Available Models

IN STOCK: 1999 Walker 000 12 Fret

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Jaguar Mahogany Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Flamed Maple Top Border
BRW Bindings
MOP Dot Fretboard Inlay
Fossilized Ivory Bridge Pins
Nickel Waverly Tuners

 

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IN STOCK: 2003 Walker 00 14 Fret

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Flamed Maple Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Flamed Maple Neck
Ivroid Bindings
Abalone Rosette
Ebony Headstock Veneer w/Flower Inlay
Nickel Waverly Tuners

 

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IN STOCK: 2011 Walker Cremona Finale Archtop

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Flamed European Maple Back & Sides
European Spruce Top
Cutaway
Flamed European Maple Bindings
Curly Maple Soundhole Binding
Super 400 Style Art Deco MOP Fretboard Inlay
Hand Stained Cremona Sunburst
Burled Walnut Pickguard
Jason Lollar "Johnny Smith" Pick Up
Burled Walnut Headstock Veneer w/Flower Pot Inlay
Gold Schaller Tuners w/Snakewood Buttons
This is the LAST Archtop that Kim Walker made or will make.

 

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IN STOCK: 2001 Walker 000 12 Fret

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Cocobolo Back & Sides
Sitka Spruce Top
Ebony Bindings
Flamed Maple Top Border
Snowflake Fretboard Inlay
Simple Maple/Ebony Circle Rosette
Slot Head w/ Gold Waverly Tuner

 

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SOLD: 2002 Walker L-00

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Mahogany Back and Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Sunburst Finish on Top
Ivroid Bindings
Ebony Fretboard & Bridge
"Haircut" Headstock w/BRW Veneer
Nickel Waverly Tuners w/Ivoroid Buttons

 

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SOLD: 2007 Walker OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Loar Sunburst Finish on Top
42 Style Abalone Top Border
Vine Fretboard Inlay
BRW Bindings
Abalone Rosette
Ebony Headstock Veneer w/Flowering Vine Inlay
Gold Waverly Tuners w/BRW Buttons
Calton Case

 

SOLD

 

SOLD: 2005 Walker Style "A" Special OM

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Old Growth Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides
Alpine Spruce Top
Brazilian Rosewood Body Binding
Flamed Maple Top Border
Amber Water Buffalo Horn Bridge Pins
Abalone Rosette
Brazilian Headstock Veneer w/Vine Inlay
Gold Waverly Tuners w/Black MOP Buttons

 

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SOLD: 2003 Walker SJ

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Birdseye Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce top
BRW Bindings
Flamed Maple Top Border
Simple Maple/Ebony/Maple Rosette
BRW Headstock Veneer w/MOP Walker Logo
Fossilized Nut, Saddle & Bridge Pins
Nickel Waverly Tuners
Calton Case

 

SOLD

 

SOLD: 2002 Walker 00 14 Fret

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Mahogany Back and Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Sunburst Finish on Top
Tortoiseshell Bindings
"Classic" Headstock w/BRW Veneer
Nickel Waverly Tuners w/Ivoroid Buttons

 

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SOLD: 2002 Walker 000 12 Fret

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Indian Rosewood back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Simple Violin-Cello Rosette
Flamed Maple Top Border & Bindings
Nickel Waverly Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2001 Walker SJ

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Cocobolo Back & Sides
Sitka Spruce top
Cutaway
BRW Bindings
Flamed Maple Top Border
Abalone Rosette
Ebony Headstock Veneer w/MOP Walker Logo
Nickel Waverly Tuners

 

SOLD

 

SOLD: 2007 Walker OM

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Mahogany Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Maple Top Border
BRW Bindings
Style "42" Fretboard Inlay
Simple Maple/Ebony/Maple Rosette
Nickel Waverly Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2005 Walker OM

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Quilted Maple Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Ebony Purfling around all Bindings and Headstock
Vine Inlay on Fretboard
Ebony Peghead Overlay w/ MOP Walker Logo & Abalone Flowering Vine
Quilted Body Binding
Quilted Maple Wood Purfling around the Top and on the Back Strip
Abalone Rosette
Gold Waverly Tuners w/Ebony Buttons
Calton Case

 

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SOLD: 2009 Walker OM - Style A Special

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
European Spruce Top w/Bear Claw
Sunburst Finish on Top
40 Style Abalone Top Border
45 Style Fretboard Inlay
BRW Bindings
Abalone Rosette
Ebony Headstock Veneer w/Flowering Vine Inlay
Gold Waverly Tuners w/Black MOP Buttons

 

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SOLD: 2004 Walker SJ

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Cocobolo Back & Sides
Alpine Spruce top
Cutaway
BRW Bindings
Flamed Maple Top Border
Simple Maple/Ebony/Maple Rosette
BRW Headstock Veneer w/MOP Walker Logo
Nickel Waverly Tuners

 

SOLD

 

SOLD: 2005 Walker OM

 
Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
BRW Bindings
Maple/Ebony Rosette
Small Diamond Inlay on Fretboard
BRW Headstock Veneer
Nickel Waverly Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2008 Walker OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Sunburst Finish on Top
42 Style Abalone Top Border
42 Style Fretboard Inlay
Ivroid Bindings
Abalone Rosette
Ebony Headstock Veneer w/Flowering Vine Inlay
Gold Engraved Waverly Tuners
Calton Case

 

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SOLD: 2005 Walker OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
BRW Bindings
Maple/Ebony Rosette
Small Diamond Inlay on Fretboard
BRW Headstock Veneer
Nickel Waverly Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2008 Walker 00 12 Fret - Nick Walker

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Sunburst Finish
Flamed Maple Bindings
Abalone Top Border & Rosette
Flower Inlay on Fretboard & Headstock done in Abalone
Gold Waverly Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2005 Walker SJ

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Flamed Maple Back and Sides
Alpine Spruce top
Cutaway
Flamed Maple Neck
Flamed Maple Bindings on Body, Neck & Headstock
Abalone Rosette
Ebony Headstock Overlay w/MOP Walker Logo
Gold Waverly Tuners w/Snakewood Buttons
Walker really does something special with Maple.

 

SOLD

 

SOLD: 0000 Walker OM

 
Mahogany Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Flamed Maple Top Border
Rosewood Bindings
Diamond Fretboard Inlay
Fossilized Ivory Bridge Pins
Nickel Waverly Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2003 Walker L-00

 
Maple Back and Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Flamed Maple Soundboard Border
Ivoroid Bindings
"Classic" Headstock w/Ebony Veneer
Chrome Waverly Tuners w/Ivoroid Buttons

 

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SOLD: 0000 Walker L-00 12 Fret

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Cocobolo Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Soundboard
42 Style Fretboard Inlay
Brazilian Rosewood Bindings
Flamed Maple Top Border
Abalone Rosette
Slotted Headstock w/Torch Inlay
"Walker" Logo on back of Headstock
Waverly Tuners

 

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SOLD: 0000 Walker OM

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Ribbon Mahogany Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Flamed Maple Top Border
BRW Bindings
Diamond Fretboard Inlay
Fossilized Ivory Bridge Pins
Nickel Waverly Tuners

 

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SOLD: 0000 Walker Style L-00 Custom

 
Maple Back and Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Flamed Maple Soundboard Border
Ivoroid Bindings
"Classic" Headstock w/Ebony Veneer
Chrome Waverly Tuners w/Ivoroid Buttons

 

SOLD

 

SOLD: 0000 Walker Style "A" L-00 Custom

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Mahogany Back and Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Sunburst Finish on Top
Ivoroid Bindings
"Classic" Headstock w/Ebony Veneer
Chrome Waverly Tuners w/Ivoroid Buttons

 

SOLD

 

SOLD: 0000 Walker Style "A" Special SJ

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Old Growth Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides
Alpine Spruce Top
Brazilian Rosewood Body Binding
Flamed Maple Top Border
Black Water Buffalo Horn Bridge Pins
Abalone Rosette
Brazilian Headstock Veneer w/Vine Inlay
Gold Waverly tuners w/Black MOP Buttons

 

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SOLD: 2002 Walker OM

 
Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides
Master Grade Adirondack Spruce Top
Very Fine Maple Purfling around all Bindings and Headstock
Ebony Fingerboard
Ebony Peghead Overlay with MOP Walker Logo and Abalone Flowering Vine
Brazilian Rosewood Binding on Body and Fingerboard
Deluxe Curly Maple Wood Purfling around the Top and on the Back Strip
Abalone Rosette
Gold Waverly Tuners

 

SOLD

 

SOLD: 0000 Walker L 00

 
Flamed Maple Back and Sides
Adirondack Spruce top
Flamed Maple Neck
Ivoroid Binding on Body, Neck and Headstock
Abalone Rosette
Ebony Headstock Overlay w/Abalone Floral Inlay
Nickel Waverly Tuners
Come with Calton Case
Walker really does something special with Maple.
This is the best Maple guitar I have played.

 

 

SOLD: 2000 Walker OM

 
Old growth, dark chocolate brown Brazilian Rosewood back and sides
Master grade Adirondack Spruce top
Ebony fingerboard
Ebony peghead overlay with Mother of Pearl
All edges are bound in Ivoroid including body, fingerboard and peghead
Deluxe curly maple wood purfling around the top and fine black/curly maple on the back
Abalone rosette with deluxe curly maple black and white wood strips
Waverly gold tuners
There is no pickguard. This is the finest OM model guitar I have played. It has the sound of the pre-war Martins without the price tag.

 

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