The De Leeuw Guitars philosophy: instruments without concessions

Ordering a custom guitar or bass means creating a story for your instrument right from the start. At the end of a dialogue, by going to find the smallest details in the project, we will be able to offer you the instrument corresponding point by point to your technical, aesthetic, ergonomic and sound wishes

The solutions that will be proposed to you will have as a first rule the following: zero concessions !

Whether in the selection of woods (qualitatively, aesthetically ...), the choice of fittings (mechanical, bridges) or even in the ergonomics of your instrument, nothing will be left to chance. All this to achieve an optimal result. As will be detailed below, all choices are and will be considered, together with you, throughout the creation of the instrument. Thus, you will see the birth of an instrument that corresponds to you in every way.

Our instruments are available in right-handed and left-handed versions.


You will notice through the different creations of DLG that wood is often put forward as much as possible, even if it means letting it express itself through the most natural finishes possible. Particular care is taken in the selection of wood species as well as their quality.

The search for the most beautiful pieces is a work of every moment. You will have the possibility to choose the most beautiful pieces for your instrument.

It will always be possible to order any desired essence. You can contact us in case of special request.

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The full neck, neck thru or neck-thru in English is a type of construction of the neck of a guitar or bass. It is a question of using a single block from the tip of the head to the bottom of the body of the instrument.

It is above all a choice for playing comfort and aesthetics . Indeed, a glued or screwed neck, as long as it is executed correctly, will also give very good results in terms of tones. However, these two types of construction impose certain things on the guitar. On the one hand, a neck heel is very often compulsory and makes access to the treble uncomfortable (extra thickness of the wood) and is sometimes unsightly ... On the other hand, these two types of construction impose a certain thickness on the instruments. .

The driver's neck solution offers the most comfortable progressive tail, and the possibility of reducing the thickness of the guitar (we will talk about this later, in the "Ergonomics / weight" section) .

To obtain the most stable neck possible over time, most of our guitars and basses are equipped with multi-ply necks. That is, the handle is glued lengthwise from 3 to 9 pieces of wood, including strips of veneer, creating fine threads. The goal is to stiffen the entire handle, while creating a pattern on it.

The handles are provided with double action trussrod (handle adjustment rod). It is possible to add carbon bars to it to stiffen it as much as possible.

We also design headless instruments, with the same concern for performance and aesthetics.

All DLG instruments are offered as standard with a driver handle, unless otherwise requested.


The choice of INOX frets is above all a story of durability . Indeed, these are much harder than the usual nickel / silver frets. In theory, the frets get harder than the strings themselves, making them virtually indestructible. The result is a hoop that lasts, a long time, a very long time. No need to refretter after 10 years, or less in case of intensive use.

In practice, these frets are harder to work, they require more careful treatment. From the perspective of a durable instrument, this is THE obvious choice.

All DLG guitars and basses are fretted with INOX frets, unless otherwise requested in the custom shop. For example, for a question of sound, bronze frets on a bass, on the off chance ...


An important step in order to obtain an extraordinary musical instrument is that of the choice of fittings.

Whether at the level of the alloys used , of the precision of mechanisms or design , many choices are possible. This is why we will always offer you what we consider to be the best for the instrument, with the concern of aesthetics.

We recommend locking mechanisms known for their precision and their durability. 'tuning.

The choice of bridge will also be decisive. There are many options depending on the type of instrument (fixed bridge, Tune-O-Matic type, single vibrato, Floyd Rose type vibrato, etc.).


At DLG , we pay particular attention to the finishes. These must participate as much in the overall aesthetics of the instrument as in the tactile sensation that they will provide to the musician.

Depending on the series or your desire (custom instruments), we will offer you :
- Varnishes : polyurethanes, for perfect finishes as close as possible to wood, shiny, mat, satin, mirror or visible ports.
- Paints and lacquers : plain or patterned
- Inlays : in a host of different materials for rendering in the service of the beauty of the rendering.
- Oiled finishes : for finishes as close as possible to the wood. This finish provides a unique feeling of contact with the instrument


Choosing microphones suited to the personality of your game and which will sublimate the qualities of the violin making is a crucial step!

We work with different partners , who like us, care about and love a job well done. This is why we will always offer you the pickups that are best suited to the guitar you are ordering.

The choice of components that will accompany these pickups is just as important. We make our own shields (with copper or aluminum foil) and our cabling using components chosen with the greatest care.

In a few words: electronics made to last in the time and allow you to give the best of yourself during your musical flights.