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It's 2022. It's a new year. It's time to proudly announce some new products from the BTLX Folk Instrument range.

First of all, we have our own uniquely Irish take on the great classic American ghetto blues instrument - The Cigar Box Guitar, or as it's called in Ireland, Giotár Bosca Todóga.
We've chosen to reduce the title down to just Bosca Todoga, and we offer it with or without frets, and your choice of pickup configurations.
This guitar is a Blues Beast, and is made for screaming slide riffs and pumping rhythm playing.

Secondly, we have another Bodhran based ukulele. Different to our Bodhralele™ in that it has a mandolin style soundbox body onto which the bodhran drumhead is mounted.
This is the second instrument to be named after one of luthier Sam's grandkids - this time his grandson Leaf, and as always, in an effort to make things exotic and Irish (do those two concepts actually go together?) we've chosen to translate the name Leaf into Irish, giving us the name Duilleog

Both of these instruments are available to buy now in our online store, and you can enjoy sound samples of all our instruments on our Owners and Players page.

BTLX Orlaith Series Resonator Acoustic
BTLX GCM Series Ukulele
BTLX Bodhralele Series Banjolele

In ancient times, the warrior heading valiantly into combat wielded his Battle Axe and swung it with great skill and precision. Similarly, in the modern age, a guitarist heading off to rock also wields their own Axe, handling it as if it were an extension of their own body.
Those ancient battleaxes were forged by blacksmiths, the artisan craftsmen of their day, produced with intense love and attention to detail. They had to be perfect in every way, uniquely tailored to the individual warrior who would own it. They were the original Custom Shop Axes.
A guitarists Axe today is no different. Lovingly crafted to the highest specifications, from the finest materials, uniquely customised by the luthier to meet the needs of the individual musician who will own and play it.
Just like those warriors of old, todays musicians need their own Battle Axe.
They need a BTLX.
To those about to rock - We salute you.

BTLX Custom Guitars - pronounced BattleAxe - is the name behind Ireland's latest and finest brand of custom hand made hybrid musical instruments.

Each BTLX guitar is individually crafted in the small seaside town of Carrickfergus, in the shadow of our majestic 800 year old Norman castle, either as a stock model, or to the unique specifications of the individual customer. 

Our instruments are made the old fashioned way - one at a time - which may seem like an unusual way to work, but we like to devote 100% of our time and attention to each guitar, seeing it through to perfect completion before devoting the same attention to detail to the next one.

Above all else however, we aim to bring you very high quality hand made custom guitars, without the usual astronomical price tags that you would normally associate with this kind of instrument.

Unlike other guitar makers, we don't follow the established crowd by creating copyright infringing clones of the big brand manufacturers models. Instead we have spent considerable time developing our own unique design, optimized to make the most of both traditional and cutting edge composite materials forged together with particular attention being paid to both playability and the perfect tone.

You can purchase a BTLX guitar in one of two ways.

You can buy one of our off-the-peg stock instruments, all of which come with a service agreement.

Alternatively, if you have something a bit different in mind and you feel that BTLX would be the perfect vehicle for your dream axe, get in touch and tell us your vision, and we'll come back to you with a quote.