Timothy Steis

Fine Classical Guitars

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 A Focus on Sound and Playability

As an accomplished musician I quickly learned that no matter how beautiful an instrument looked, the factors that mattered most were sound and playability. I have made it my life's goal to make an instrument that can fill a concert hall with the lightest touch, while not fighting the player in the left hand. My mission is to build an instrument with ample volume, superb sustain, and a unique voice that is an absolute joy to play day in and day out. 


Pricing inquiry

All estimates for custom instruments and repairs are free and flexible according to materials and scheduling.



It is evident that Tim has a future in design and construction. The primary reason I choose to work with Tim is that this guitar sounds like no other instrument–there is a charm and winning voice here. Adam Holzman, the acclaimed professor of guitar in Austin, Texas, recently played it and was mightily impressed, as I was, so much so I have decided to represent Tim with this and his future endeavors.
— jay Jenkins, owner of Chartwell Guitars
Guitars by American Luthier, Tim Steis are characterized by their incredible projection, playability and sincere warmth. His craftsmanship and vision for sound far exceed his years, and his professional trajectory is quite exciting. I look forward to working with Tim and his instruments in the future!
— Dr. Adam Kossler



I’ll only work with the best materials available and only buy my materials from sustainable sources. I never compromise quality for time and give my clients realistic schedules that accommodate their lives. I strive for honest customer service, so contracts are only paid in full when the finished work is to your complete satisfaction.


SEE and hear some of my instruments

About Me

My journey with the guitar started first as a player in high school. I chose to pursue a performance degree at Florida State University under Bruce Holzman. It was here that I decided to build my first guitar. For my first four guitars, I was entirely self taught, seeking the occasional guiding hand via email correspondence from fellow luthiers Steven Walter, Barth Bennitt, and Steve Connor.

Upon graduation, I moved to Northern Virginia to pursue a Master's degree in performance with Julian Gray at Shenandoah Conservatory. During my time at SU I met Ross Gutmeier, renowned Baltimore luthier, and apprenticed in his shop for roughly 6 months. I attribute most of my growth as a builder during this period of my life to the knowledge I gained during my time with Gutmeier. 

Currently I build out of my home in Carbondale, Illinois.