Lakewood guitars since 1986
The company Lakewood-Guitars was founded in 1986 by Martin Seeliger. A Lakewood means a piece of luck! The naming was very simple. Martin Seeliger, while looking through a map, stopped at the serenade Lakewood near Cleveland on Lake Erie. The name was a perfect fit for his acoustic guitars.
The first Lakewood guitars were built on the dreadnought model invented by Martin Guitars in 1916, and later the D-12 and D-12-12. With the exception of the 46 and 54 models, the appointments were generally rather plain - but these instruments paved the way for Martin Seeliger sonically and made this guitar maker so distinct today. In the 1990s, Lakewood built a series of guitars that had only one "L" in the headstock. These guitars are the only ones in history that were ever built outside of the workshop in Giessen.
In 1991, Lakewood released the "Grand Concert" model, also known as the "M". First there were the M-18 and M-22 models, but the most famous guitar is the M-32, followed by the Jumbo model in the mid-1990s, and the Auditorium guitar as the last one in the late 1990s. Lakewood's latest design is the Concert body. It has been available from Lakewood since 2019. The largest body is the Jumbo followed by the Dreadnought, Grand Concert, Auditorium and the smallest the Concert.
The Lakewood Customshop is sensational. In combination with the online configurator, the most diverse combinations of wood and optics are individually assembled in an impressive way and the dream of designing your own guitar becomes a reality. The configuration offers the possibility to view the designed instrument from every side and to change the equipment individually. If you have any questions about the configuration of your own Lakewood acoustic guitar, we will be happy to help you. We will be happy to assist you in designing your dream instrument and answer any questions you may have. After completion of the template, a request is created which paves the way to your own Custom Shop Lakewood acoustic guitar.
Over the years, Lakewood has built instruments that were outside of the regular build series. Among these was the "Stage Guitar," which was built in the 1990s. This instrument had a very low cutaway and a pickup system as standard (which was not common at the time). About 30-40 of this model were built, mainly from Padouk. Some were also built from Rio rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) and a single one from maple (this guitar is played by Thorsten Wingenfelder of Fury in the Slaughterhouse). However, the original type of this guitar belongs to Stefan Zobeley, the guitarist of Herbert Grönemeyer. This one is made of Bubinga. Other guitars of the "Stage Series" were a Stage-Classic, a Stage-Bass and the Stage-Mandolins. About 8-10 of the mandolins were built, which also had a pickup built in and had the typical wide cutaway.
Lakewood's guitars are made from the finest wood and are crafted with great attention to detail. A lot of knowledge has been accumulated in the professional and artistic production of guitars. New technologies are an incentive and a challenge to create such a complex instrument as an acoustic guitar with the highest precision. The goal is to offer musical instruments of outstanding sound quality and aesthetics - made in Germany!
Sound culture made in Germany
All acoustic guitars from Lakewood
The handmade Lakewood acoustic guitars differ from each other in sound, appearance and features. Each series has its focus on different aspects, so that the right instrument can be found for every taste.
Set in the specialist workshop
All Lakewood acoustic guitars are fully adjusted in our workshop before safe shipment. The neck curvature is adjusted, the nut notches and bridge inlay are adjusted. We pay attention to a very good playability of the instruments. We are happy to take your preferences into account when adjusting your Lakewood acoustic guitar. For this you can contact us after your order.
The Lakewood Acoustic Guitar Series
Natural Series - The perfect guitar for nature lovers
The most beautiful guitars are those that are built from almost untouched wood and thus radiate their own beauty. Reduction to the essentials is the most direct way to discover the potential of the instrument. The Natural series are guitars created according to the high principles of guitar making that underlie all Lakewood guitars. The direct design language lets the materials speak for themselves. Worth mentioning here is the body and neck finish, this has a Natural Finish, ie open-pore satin finish. The feel of the extremely thin lacquered surface is a pleasure. The touch is a sensual experience reminiscent of nature and precision craftsmanship.
Deluxe Series - High quality guitars made from exquisite woods
Lakewood's Deluxe Series of guitars features classic wood choices in spruce and rosewood, as well as a variety of instrument builds that nuance the sound and cater to styles ranging from fingerstyle to bluegrass. The luxurious finish appeals to the senses. Fine wood inlays, mother-of-pearl inlays and high-gloss lacquered surfaces carry the basic mood of this model series.
It is already a privilege to own a handmade guitar. An instrument from the Deluxe Series is even more special.
Lakewood Custom Shop - Custom guitar to order
The Lakewood Customshop is a grown institution and unique in the world of acoustic guitars. It offers the unique possibility to compose one's own personal guitar from five body shapes, four construction types, right and left hand versions with or without domestic woods. Man has the possibility to freely move the instrument as a photo-realistic 3D animation and view it from all directions. There are almost no limits to your imagination, you can choose from more than 250 options and even look at the guitar from the inside.
The Custom series is unique in the world and is constantly being developed further. The new Edition Models 2022, for example, have added 4 more spectacular woods to the already wide catalog of tonewoods for back and sides. Pommele Mahogany, French Walnut, Padouk bicolor and Grenadillo invite you to experiment. With the Edition models M-25 2022 and M-37 Edition 2022 we show impressively how accents can be set with fingerboard and bridge.
The Lakewood Customshop makes it possible to fulfill your individual guitar dream.
Cedro - the perfect guitar neck
Lakewood guitars in the early years had necks made of khaya, sipo or sapele: mahogany varieties also used by many other manufacturers. Structure and color corresponded to what they were used to; however, the high weight of the necks had always bothered them a bit. As the years went by, the experience grew and a new type of wood came into play, which is preferred for the necks of the guitars.
Cedro is light, yet strong and incredibly tough - exactly what a good guitar neck needs. The color and texture are similar to the familiar mahogany wood. Cedro belongs to the Meliaceae family and is botanically related to the real mahogany. Therefore, at the end of the 80's, the switch was made from mahogany to cedro and almost all Lakewood guitars have had cedro necks since then. The only exceptions are the guitars that are alternatively equipped with maple necks.
Wood selection - High quality guitars made of exclusive wood
Acoustic guitars are unique especially because of their choice of wood. With acoustic guitars, the natural wood is visible and an essential design feature; moreover, the sound of an acoustic guitar is significantly influenced by the woods used. The surfaces are simply oiled or waxed. So, if you're looking for an acoustic guitar, you should pay special attention to the texture of the grain. Maple, bubinga, rosewood, wenge, walnut, ash, mahogany or maple are some of the most popular types of wood used in guitar making and give the acoustic guitar its distinctive character.
Origin of wood - the ways of rosewood
A travelogue by Johannes Seeliger, who backpacked through India for 4 months, including a stop at a sawmill that cuts rosewood for Lakewood guitars.
India. A country of extremes. From the coast of the Indian Ocean in the south to the Himalayas in the north. This is exactly where the rosewood sawmill is located, where logs are then turned into backs, sides, bridge blanks and fingerboards, among other things. The East Indian rosewood for the 31 and 32 Lakewood models comes from this country. With the help of various woodworking machines of older vintage, the tree is sawn here, in compliance with Indian safety regulations, and through many different steps becomes the product that is needed for further processing. Dust masks and hearing protection have now found their use in all work. So that the high temperatures do not press the work moral however too much, the classical sandals and/or Flip Flops may not be missing naturally :) Trees that were planted 30-40 years ago to provide shade on coffee plantations are auctioned off when they reach a certain age and thus find their way to the Lakewood sawmill.
Thanks to years of cooperation between Lakewood Guitars and the company Theodor Nagel, which procures some of the woods, the employees in the sawmill now know exactly what requirements Lakewood has for any materials and make a pre-selection of woods that satisfy the requirements.