Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are you a company?

Thank you for the compliment! Just to clarify, I am not a company but a solo artisan. My name is Patrick Hufschmid, and I operate from my workshop in a converted apartment basement. Here, it's just me, passionately engaged in my craft.

Do you have any stock guitars available?

I don't maintain an inventory of stock guitars. My focus is on crafting custom-made guitars, uniquely tailored to each customer's requirements. Occasionally, a one-of-a-kind prototype might be available for purchase on my website.

When did you design your straight-pull headstocks?

I designed my current line of straight-pull headstocks in early 2012. Any guitars made prior to that feature a string retainer bar on the headstock.

Do you have videos demonstrating how your pickups sound?

While videos can be somewhat helpful, they may not capture the nuanced tonal characteristics of my pickups. I invite you to check out my YouTube channel at, where you can find various demonstration videos. For a more comprehensive experience, I recommend trying out the pickups in person.

How can I get an endorsement?

If you're interested in an endorsement, please click here to learn more about the application process.

Where is your workshop located?

I'm located in Aigle, Switzerland, a historic town just a 5-minute train ride from Montreux, a place steeped in music history.

How can I join your waiting list?

To join my waiting list, kindly use the contact form on my website. I operate on a 'first come, first served' basis and only take on a maximum of two orders at a time to ensure quality and timeliness.

Do you offer apprenticeships or training courses?

I don't offer apprenticeships or training courses. My workshop has limited space, and the Swiss legal framework makes it complicated to bring on additional help.

I've sent you a message on social media but received no reply.

For more efficient communication, I prefer that you contact me via email using the contact form on my website.

What is the meaning of your logo?

My logo is a multi-layered representation of me and my artisanal philosophy.

What's the difference between the 'Helldunkel' and the 'TANTALUM' model?

The Tantalum guitar epitomizes sophistication and craftsmanship. Beyond its durability and high-performance functionalities, the instrument's name delves into the realm of Greek mythology. Tantalus, the notorious king, faced divine retribution for his relentless quest for wealth and power. Similarly, the Tantalum guitar exudes an allure of unattainable luxury, making it an object of aspiration among discerning musicians and collectors alike. Its artful construction, use of premium materials, and meticulous attention to detail collectively epitomize opulence and finesse. Whether you're a virtuoso or a dedicated collector, the Tantalum is an invaluable addition to your musical arsenal.

The Helldunkel's name pays tribute to the contrasting light and dark tones it produces, allowing you to explore a wide range of musical styles. But it's not just about the sound—the Helldunkel's sleek design and quality craftsmanship make it a joy to play. This unique instrument represents my design ideology distilled into its purest form.

What is the starting price for a Hufschmid guitar?

The 'Helldunkel' starts at 3,300 CHF (Swiss Francs). For detailed pricing, you can request a .pdf file through my website.

How do I place an order?

Orders can be initiated by using the contact form on my website.

What's the meaning behind the Anvil plectrum?

The Anvil plectrum is inspired by my last name, Hufschmid, which means "horse shoe maker" in medieval German. It's designed for durability and optimal tone.

Which plectrum would you recommend for me?

For recommendations on plectrums, please click this link.

Do you offer tremolo or left-handed guitars?

I'm afraid I don't offer these options.

Do you ship worldwide?

Yes, I have over 20 years of experience shipping my work worldwide.