Ray Kraut Guitars

I met Ray at the Healdsburg guitar festival in 2009 and was immediately struck by his designs. He got his first start at wood working at the age of fourteen. Early on he found that he was intrigued by the nature of woodworking and quickly found an artistic outlet in it. Some of his early work could be found in the former Governor of Ohio Bob Taft’s office after winning awards in the Ohio art exhibition while just entering high school. Soon after his introduction into woodworking he discovered another artistic outlet, the guitar. It wasn’t until the fall of 2004 while living in Phoenix Arizona that he got the idea to build a guitar. It was then, that in the spring of 2005 Raymond attended the “Roberto Venn School of Lutherie” in Phoenix Arizona.

After attending the esteemed “Roberto Venn School of Lutherie”, Raymond furthered his education by moving to Oakland California to study as an apprentice under the renowned Master Luthier Ervin Somogyi. Through the twenty-four month apprenticeship Somogyi introduced Raymond to the principal elements of voicing and designing a guitar to reach it’s fullest potential. Utilizing his mentors teachings Raymond has developed a design aesthetic and voicing that reflects the quality of his luthiery education. July 2007 marked the opening of Raymond’s new shop in Springfield Oregon where he currently builds approximately twelve guitars a year. .







  1. Kraut modified dreadnought koa

    Kraut modified dreadnought koa

    Out of stock

    Kraut Modified Dreadnought Koa demo 1 from acoustic music co on Vimeo.



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    There is an Acoustic Magazine review of this guitar here.

    This is a truly incredible guitar! It responds equally well to the lightest caress or a heavy pick, it will do it all. The bass notes are big, fat and warm and have great definition. The mids are sweet, full and complex with clarity and depth. The trebles have the same volume as all the other notes and are very clear with a bell-like fullness.

    • Bearclaw sitka spruce top
    • Figured Koa back and sides
    • Sharp cutaway
    • 14 frets to the body
    • 25 ¼” scale
    • 1 25/32” nut width
    • 2 ¼”string spacing at saddle
    • 16” lower bout
    • Mahogany neck
    • Black/white purfling
    • Ebony bindings
    • Figured koa headstock veneer
    • Figured koa rear headstock veneer
    • Ebony backstrip
    • No position markers (with side brass dots)
    • Custom rosette
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Ebony bridge
    • Alessi tuners
    • Ebony tuner buttons
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • No pickguard
    • Hoffee case

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  2. Legendary Luthiers Four: Ray Kraut and Somogyi and apprentices guitar owners meet 31 Oct 2015

    Legendary Luthiers Four: Ray Kraut and Somogyi and apprentices guitar owners meet 31 Oct 2015

    Legendary Luthiers 4. Ray Kraut 31 October 2015. from acoustic music co on Vimeo.



    This will be the fourth legendary Luthiers event. Previous events with Ervin Somogyi, Linda Manzer and Grit Laskin were a great success.

    The idea started out as a meet for owners of Ervin Somogyi and his apprentices guitars. Then I remembered that I was due a guitar from Ray Kraut soon. So Ray will be bringing a guitar and giving a talk.

    I am hoping many of you with guitars by Ervin and his apprentices will come along with your guitars and compare and contrast! I am planning to video the event and will continue with the owners meet in my house on the Sunday of there is enough interest. Non owners welcome too!

    I should have Somogyi apprentices guitars in stock from Ray, Leo Buendia, Hiroshi Ogino and Michi Matsuda.

    It will follow the usual pattern, open house in my shop on the Saturday until six, talk at six, ticket holders only, then food at Bom Bane's at around eight. There are only twenty tickest available.

    This was a fantastic success, enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Ray


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    Legendary Luthiers Four: Ray Kraut and Somogyi and apprentices guitar owners meet 31 Oct 2015Legendary Luthiers Four: Ray Kraut and Somogyi and apprentices guitar owners meet 31 Oct 2015Legendary Luthiers Four: Ray Kraut and Somogyi and apprentices guitar owners meet 31 Oct 2015
  3. Kraut Custom OM SOLD

    Kraut Custom OM SOLD

    Out of stock
    A bit bigger than a standard OM this is an incredibly versatile guitar with rich tones and fantastic definition and separation. And it has one of Ray's beautiful one off, never to be repeated, inlays.


    • Sitka spruce top
    • Rosewood back and sides
    • 14 frets to the body
    • 25” scale
    • 1 ¾” nut width
    • 2 ¼” string spacing at saddle
    • 15 5/8” lower bout
    • Mahogany neck
    • Sharp cutaway
    • B/W top border
    • Rosewood bindings
    • Rosewood headstock veneer
    • No position markers
    • Custom rosette
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Ebony pinless bridge
    • Alessi tuners
    • Ebony tuner buttons
    • Scalloped bone nut and saddle
    • Bone saddle
    • No pickguard
    • Ameritage case

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  4. Kraut OM customer order

    Kraut OM customer order

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    This was a customer order, its a stunning guitar.

    I have a build slot available with Ray later this year.

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