When you purchase a Zemaitis guitar, you’re buying more than a stringed instrument. You're making a statement that says hand-crafted quality, tone, and art are important to you. Here are a few of the techniques we use to ensure we stay true to the Zemaitis tradition of quality.
All metalwork, including the badge, truss rod cover, pickup mount rings, tailpiece, jackplate and the rear plate feature engraving designed by Danny O’Brien and produced by hand by our master engravers.
Bridge and Tailpiece
The bridge and tailpiece was designed by Tony Zemaitis for perfect intonation, ultimate sustain, and tonality. Made of Duralumin and with the Zemaitis name beautifully engraved to match all the metalwork.
The majority of Zemaitis guitars feature DiMarzio DP103 pickups, which have a ‘brushed-chrome’ finish. The pickup mount rings are also made of Duralumin to complement the bridge.
Zemaitis Method Set-in Neck
The neck joint is a critical part of a top-quality guitar and Tony Zemaitis only ever used glued-in joints. He experimented with various types of set-in neck joints with the aim of achieving the best possible results and designed a special technique where the neck was set further into the body than mainstream construction methods. The Zemaitis neck joint enables the neck and body to have more surface area in contact. This increases the durability of the whole guitar, as well as enhancing string vibration, tone and sustain.
It was the combination of quality, craftsmanship, innovation and determination that won this British guitar maker fans from all over the world. After 40 years of handcrafting fine guitars and having virtually created the 'boutique guitar' Tony retired in 2000. He passed away on August 17, 2002
Neck and Scale
A 25-inch scale with 3-piece Honduras mahogany construction was used by Tony Zemaitis for strength and stability. We continue this tradition with an ebony fingerboard with binding, precision frets, and the perfect shaped neck for playability – all undertaken by our experienced craftsmen in the Zemaitis Custom Shop.
Without compromise, we use the best high-quality, low-noise components and wiring components available, including a dedicated ‘pot’ design. All of this ensures smooth control and durability for your Zemaitis guitar.
The finish of Zemaitis guitars is another key to the quality of the instrument. Tony had a special hand-finishing technique involving multiple coats of hand-applied lacquer and rubbing down by hand in between each coat–an art that our master craftsmen still use today. This process takes 4 to 5 times longer than a typical ‘spray finished’ factory-guitar, but it gives you the wonderful look and feel of a hand-built vintage guitar.
Finest Quality and Materials
Staying true to Zemaitis tradition, we make sure that every guitar is hand-crafted using only the very best materials and components producing the finest quality money can buy. After all, it's a Zemaitis.