High-End Acoustic Guitar Sales Up 39% Since 2009

by David Knowles

Luthiers rejoice!

With just one week until the 2014 NAMM show in Anaheim, California, the outlook for high-end guitar sales would appear to be decidedly rosy. In a press release, NAMM noted the trend line for custom, handmade guitars. 

"Following a precipitous drop in sales between 2008 and 2009, high-end, custom, and boutique acoustic guitars are making an encouraging comeback," the release stated. "Headed into the 2014 NAMM Show, sales of high-end, luthier-crafted and custom acoustic instruments are at a five-year high." 

The return to pre-recession level sales figures is especially true at the upper end of the market, NAMM said. 

"Sales of high-end acoustic guitars, a category that includes all guitars priced above $1,500, have increased 39 percent since 2009," NAMM said. 

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