What is a Halfling?

It’s our revolutionary design of guitar or bass in which the soundboard is flat on the bass side & arched on the treble side

The Halflings are capable of large full fundamental bass response with the ability to hear and distinguish all the notes of a complex chord when ringing together.

By combining the flat topped Steel String guitar with an Archtop we’ve combined the best of both worlds!

Check out the pictures the pictures on the right to see the landscape of a Halfling top!

If you are looking for a true crossover instrument, you want the Halfling Jazz Guitar! For more information about our revolutionary new Halfling design click here.


Playing this guitar, you will experience superior separation of course (the ability to hear individual notes and complex chords in individual strings). As well as outstanding multi-dimensional acoustic imaging. It has great feedback suppression with an enhanced bass response not found in any other archtop guitar.


“I have been playing for about 20 years. I have been lucky enough to own many high end custom guitars (D’Aquisto, American Archtop, Teufel, C.P. Thornton, etc.). This guitar ranks among the best. The separation of notes is equal to the D’aquisto…you need to hear it to believe it. I actually prefer the Halfling to a traditional archtop for most styles of music. The guitar is more versatile.”
– Kyle C.


This versatile guitar may be strung with either phosphor bronze or electric strings, we suggest you try both! It has a floating Kent Armstrong, American made, pickup which is mounted in a unique platform on the neck, giving it the ability to perform like a Gibson L5 or a Gibson 175. It features volume and tone control, mounted under the pickguard as well as unique proprietary hex adjustable thumb wheels for the bridge.


The Halfling Jazz Guitar has a nitro-cellulose finish in the great tradition of fine guitar making; designed to age like an excellent wine.



Body Size: 17″ Lower Bout
Body Depth: 3.175”
Back and Sides: Maple
Top: Sitka Spruce or Western Red Cedar
Bracing: Spruce X Bracing
Binding: Black and White Purfling
Neck: Birdseye Maple
Fingerboard: Ebony
Width at Nut: 1.75″
Width at 12th Fret: 2.2″
Scale: 25″
Nut: Bone
Frets: 22
Strings: D’Addario 12 – 52 XL Nickel Electric
Hardware: Ebony
Pickup: Kent Armstrong Floating Pickup
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Case: Cedar Creek Hard Case