Moniker Guitars Gives Players What They Want

This is one of the reasons I love writing for I get to learn about all the great products and services before everyone else. I become a part of their success by telling my buddies all about “this cool pedal”, “that new pickup,” and a guitar company that will create a custom guitar just for you.

When I was asked by The Tone King to write about Moniker Guitars out of Austin Texas, I had never heard of them. It would come as no surprise because they are only about two years old. But, I quickly found out, that every time you buy from them, you get a one of a kind guitar.

So, with the inpatient child inside of me burning to create my own guitar, I jumped right in. I went strait for the Reedsdale style body and went with the natural wood grain, rosewood fingerboard and chrome hardware. I didn’t want to take away from the wood grains, because that is just my flavor, so I kept the headstock and pickguard a steady black. Depicted in the bridge position, is a Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 and in the neck is something I have always wanted, but never had anything to utilize it, is a Phat Cat P-90. Here it is, my dream guitar

Also available is Alnico II, Distortion SH-6, JB SH-4 and Moniker brand humbuckers in Gold and chrome. “Our Moniker humbuckers give your guitar a powerful, warm tone with the ability to play everything from blistering lead solos to smooth rhythm chords” states the website. A last touch, was the heavy burst option at the end which just made the body pop.

Here is a picture of what I made.




Both of these bodies are available in semi-hollow, but I still prefer the solid body. This time, I will select the Dixie option. I don’t own any white guitars. So let’s go that route. Maple fretboard and matching white headstock. This time, I thought I should do something a little more funky with this guitar, so I thought I would look through the graphics. Honestly, I don’t think I had much of a choice in the matter. There are other options, don’t get me wrong, but the Zebra design just made the whole thing pop!

It had to be.

As much as I don’t care what kind of rims are on my car, on my guitar, it does matter.


I am also happy to tell you that the Tele style bridge is also available with a humbucker slot. That is mostly for me, because I always loved how that style of bridge looked with a humbucker. Let’s slap that Phat Cat in there again. Seymour Duncan Vintage Rhythm STR-1 is available for the neck pickup, but let’s give Moniker guitars the chance to show the world their sound and slap that Tele style pickup in the neck. I know I did black speed knobs in the last one, but what can I say,I like ’em. While I am at it, I might as well blacken the toggle switch and machine heads.  This time though, I thought I would handle some graphics. There were a few, and the mustache is a nice touch, but I went with the birds. Asides from being something of a Hitchcock fan, I thought that it was just the right amount of graphic to balance everything out. I opt out of the burst option on this one.

This is the guitar I would rock.




I know I focused on the one aspect of the site, but everyone of us want to have a signature guitar built just for us and I am no exception to the dream.

This is a company still in its infancy. In 2011, two wannabes who loved music, stopped being wannabes, took that huge step that many of us would want to and started a guitar company.

I envy them.

If I had anything to suggest to Dave Barry, Kevin Tully and Seth Black, everything should be an option for both body styles. I understand that you have your challenges and I also don’t pretend to know what it is like to start and run a company, but the ability to place a Tele style bridge on a Les Paul shaped body would be nightmares for some, and a dream for me.

On the other hand, these guys seem to have a pretty good relationship with Seymour Duncan pickups. I can imagine that if requested, and a payment for the differences would be fair, you could have a steady pick of everything that Seymour Duncan has.

This is only my assumption, and not any indication that the available pickups are of any less quality, but there have been some pretty wicked releases as of late. Think about it for a second. A Moniker Dixie guitar, made for you, with those fancy new Zephyr Silver telecaster set. Although, at $995 for the set I can understand if that is a little rich for your blood. Or maybe, this is the moment you decide that the Reedsdale body is for you and you figure the Black Winter humbucker would be perfect.

I don’t feel you could go wrong with this company, and just designing your own guitar on the site is therapeutic, if not a child like mirth to the process.

I look forward to seeing what else these guys come up with. I notice that the “Jaguar” looking guitar is a thing of the past, but I hope for its return as well as other body options. I really hope to see the day where they make bass guitar available.


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About the Author: Started playing bass at 15. It was Danko Jones who inspired me to play at all, and in a small town I couldn't be picky on what I can get my hands on, so I bought a squire with pride. Obtained a B.C. Rich guitar months later. Moved to the city at 17. At 19 joined my first metal band as a bassist which ended at 20. Joined a bass heavy rock band, which I loved being in whole heartily. I now wait to venture into a new project. For the time being though, I am exploring my abilities as a writer.

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