Specht Custom Guitars

your home for tone

Welcome to Specht Guitars, the home of tone! One of Nanaimo’s best guitar techs, luthier Oliver Specht has been making and repairing guitars for over 20 years and has earned a reputation as both a fine instrument maker and restorer. Specht Guitars are known for their quality of design, tone, and playability. 

The careful selection of materials, custom approach to design, and excellence in craftsmanship are evident both in seeing and hearing these beautiful instruments. One of the specialties that has emerged in Oliver’s work over the decades has been his love of unique guitars; parlor, terz, and especially, the baritone. 

Check out some audio samples and pictures of the deep, rich sounding baritones. If you have an instrument that needs some attention, or are interested in purchasing an instrument that’s custom built for you, please peruse the site and send me a message from our contact page. 

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  • Located in Nanaimo, BC.
  • Custom and Unique, hand-crafted guitars 
  • Fender® Certified Technician
  • Instrument set-up, intonation
  • Refinishing
  • Baritone, Bass, Classical, Flamenco, Terz, Electric -- you dream it, he builds it!

Specht Guitars proudly includes Bartolini pickups and electronics options in your custom instrument.


Oliver builds many different styles of custom guitars including acoustic and electric versions of each. His baritone guitars are exquisitely rich sounding and have a surprising playability, given that they are typically a larger scale than a regular size acoustic.

One of his past commissions for a baritone was made for and used on an album by Sarah McLachlan. The sound of this guitar was a full, warm low end, with a sparkling top and great sustain. It’s a dark, creamy tone that plays in a room as well as it records to tape.

Other interesting instruments in the Specht catalog include the Parlor guitars, Flamencos, Nylon Jazz series, Terz guitars, and highly specified custom classical and large-bodied steel string guitars. There’s a unique flavor in each of these specimens, not only in their place in the guitar family, but in the execution of the build. From the choice of woods, finish and curves, to the fantastic joinery, a custom Specht will dazzle and inspire for many years. Check out the guitar pages and then read the kind words on the Reviews page. Thanks for visiting Specht Guitars!

Your Ideas Made Real

Every instrument is traditionally hand-crafted using high quality woods and materials. Speak with Oliver about your needs for tone, shape, bracing, scale, or any option you need to complete your dream guitar. He has developed a number of innovative resonance and projection techniques inside the guitar and on the woods themselves which allow impressive volume and articulation.