Chuck Wilson


We started Bootlegger Guitar in 2014 from our recording studio in Hermosa Beach, California. Today we have players all over the country and as far away as Russia and Australia. 

We remain a small boutique builder dedicated to quality and customer service. We have a background in performance rally racing both car and motorcycle design. We use these principles of endurance and performance with all our designs. 


To continue designing, building electric guitars, tube amps and effect pedals for our players and there & our joy of making music. From church groups to roadhouse bands, jazz and funk musicians in Russia and garage bands in Kansas. It’s about the players and the music. 


Growing Bootlegger Guitar by each and every player. Continuing to offer our instruments direct to you keeping us the best value in the market. Designing new guitars, amps and effect pedals, being fresh and relevant for all styles of music. 


We continue to redefine who we are. Our early vintage styles continue to be our foundation, while we look ahead to new designs that are both modern and ergonomic. Tone is our priority, we also believe that comfort and weight are equally important factors in a high-quality instrument.

The Royal was introduced at NAMM 2020, our first modern design. Our headless Spade & Ace models have introduced Bootlegger to a new world of musicians. In mid-2021, we will present our headless Absinthe, our most recent modern progressive design. 

We are introducing our new line of Tube Amps. Blues 5 Watt, Blues 15 Watt, Blues 15/30 Watt this year.

China companies have started copying our guitars, even putting the name “Bootlegger” on the fake toys. The only true branded Bootlegger Guitar are shipped by us from Hermosa Beach, California. 

Chuck Wilson 



A bottle or flask of whiskey in your boot 


A person who makes illegal whiskey

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