About – Bootlegger Guitar

Chuck Wilson


Chuck Wilson


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

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We are a boutique builder dedicated to quality and customer service. Due to our experience in the design (racing) of racing cars, we use the same principles of endurance and performance in all our instrument models.


To continue to design and build guitars, amps and pedals, for our players. From church bands to roadhouse bands, jazz and funk musicians in Russia and garage bands in Kansas, It’s about the players and the music. 



To be fresh and relevant for all music guitar styles. To continue to offer pro level instruments at an unmatched value. To grow the name Bootlegger Guitar through the satisfaction of our players.


We keep re-defining who we are. From our first vintage styles to our new progressive designs we continue to evolve. While tone is always our priority, we also believe that comfort and weight are equally important in a high quality instrument.

Royal ~ Spade Ace & Headless ~ Absinthe

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The Royal was introduced at NAMM 2020. The Absinthe will become available in 2021. Our Spade and Ace headless will have new options available also in 2021.

We are introducing our new line of Tube Amps. Blues 5 Watt, Blues 15 Watt, Blues 15/30 Watt. We have just released our new analog effect pedals.

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 



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Bootlegger Guitar: 

Boutique Builder of Professional Vintage & Progressive Guitar Styles, Tube Amps & Pedals. 

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