View Full Version : David McNaught Guitars

06-30-2006, 08:28 PM
I don't know if anyone here has heard of this luthier but he is local to the Charlotte, NC area and really builds some amazing high-end guitars:

Check out some of the inlay work.

The Furious One
06-30-2006, 08:35 PM
If I ever get rich or get away w/ robbing a bank....An Orion and Single Cut is on my "to buy" list. DTM is one of the top builders of the day. His finish guy "the other Dave" is no less than brilliant. People can flaunt their PRS' till the moo moos learn how to hitch hike, but they don't have a clue. They need to pick up a DTM, Baker, etc...Those guys make Paul Smith look like a hack.

07-03-2006, 06:51 AM
I really want to play one. Everything i've seen Dave build has been amazing from just the pictures, and i've heard nothing but good things about them.
The only downside (for some people) is I hear they are on the heavy side of guitars. I don't mind a guitar with some weight on it. My Les Paul is a little over 9 lbs.

09-02-2006, 10:54 PM
I'm so lucky to be in Charlotte guys because Dave McNaught and Dave Mansel build their premium guitars about 30 miles away in Locust, NC.

I dropped off a Kramer Lightning NightSwan refinished by Dave Mansel yesterday and the 2 Daves gave me a shop tour. It was awesome seeing McNaught guitars in various stages of completion. Dave Mansel had an ESP Lynch Bengal done up real nice. Damn it was treat to see true luthiers at work.

Now I got find some money to buy one of these fine axes.
How 'bout a DTM with a Floyd?



09-03-2006, 07:11 AM
:drool2: :drool2: :drool2: :drool2: :drool2: :drool2:

Why must everything good be so far out of reach?!?!?!?!? :icon_sad:

09-03-2006, 09:53 AM
That's a beautiful axe! :drool2::drool2::drool2:

Tell me more about this Nightswan refinish.... :eusa_thin :icon_wink

09-03-2006, 12:49 PM

I bought the Lightning Swan off of Eric (aka MrScary)
Link here: http://shredguitars.com/showthread.php?t=6711

When I bought I knew it was the all too typical finish cracking.
I was going to send it off to GMW but Lee Garver was wanting $400 (not including shipping). I found Dave Mansel locally and he said he could do it for $250. He said he could match up the blue and get the graphic real close.

I'll post photos on how it turns out...probably be about 4 weeks or so.

I am Bulldog over on the McNaught Forum:


09-03-2006, 03:08 PM
Definitely post photos bro! I would be interested in seeing it because I too spoke to Lee and was blown away by the price. His lightnings are excellent but more like Jackson lightning finishes. I'd love to see what Dave can do, as I might send some business his way hehe.

09-04-2006, 08:31 AM
very sweet axes! the figured wood and stain is beautiful! These guys doing airbrush..look forward to see your swan redone!