David is very keen to talk guitars. 

You can expect a prompt reply within 24 hours.


New Zealand

021 08297835

Benavides Guitars are built with four principles of equal importance:  beauty, tone, playability and longevity.  A hand fitted dovetail neck join, compound radius fretboard, tap-tuned tone bars, hot hide glued top braces, and the finest quarter-sawn timbers in the world are a few components of what will make your customized Benavides Guitar sound gorgeous.



David Benavides playing guitar

Twelve years ago I built my first guitar from a Stew Mac kit set, and as rough as it was, it set my passion for lutherie alight.  Starting with Jonathan Kinkaid's book, and reaching out to all the instrument makers I could find over the years, I have come to a place where I feel I have something unique to offer the craft of guitar making. Now, I live and work from my home in Ahipara, New Zealand. 

I incorporate traditional aspects of steel string guitar making such as hot-hide glue construction and a hand fitted dovetail neck join with traditional tone woods as well as more recently discovered tone woods native to New Zealand. Some of these exotic woods such as Ancient Kauri, Puriri, and Mangaeo are prestigious in beauty, tone and rarity.

As well as custom builds, I do repairs and offer one-on-one courses in guitar and ukulele construction. It is my pleasure to talk about a potential custom guitar with you, and if you are unable to give me a call, then I look forward to your email. 






Dave Benavides

021 0829 7835