The Levitator Has Landed



The Levitator is a set neck, blended heel solid body. It resembles a Tele body, but don’t judge a book by its’ cover!

Features of the Levitator include:

  • Double carbon fiber reinforced neck with truss rod
  • Available in 23.5″ scale (Byrdland) or 25.5″ scale
  • 25.5″ scale features a 1 5/8″ nut
  • 23.5″ scale features a 1 11/16″ nut
  • Available with Rio Grande Charlie Christian/Blade Bridge Pick-ups or Rio Grande Muy Grande Pick-ups
  • Solid ebony fingerboard
  • Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh bridge (gold or nickel)
  • Gotoh tuners (gold or nickel)
  • Angled headstock
  • Ebony headstock faceplate with Schaefer logo in MOP
  • .060 Ivroid binding around headstock, fingerboard and body
  • Abalone siderail dots
  • Ebony neck pickup ring
  • Ebony with inlay volume and tone knobs
  • CTS pots
  • Three-way toggle
  • Ebony electronics cavity cover
  • Copper insulated electronics cavity
  • Schaller strap locks (gold or nickel)
  • Twelve coats of nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Delivered in a Levy’s Italian leather gig bag

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SOLD!!! The ONLY Schaefer Goldtop 25″ EAS235 Is NO LONGER For Sale




The only 25″ Schaefer Goldtop EAS235 on the planet is for sale. It’s one of a kind.


25″ Scale

Jumbo frets

Split Block inlay with mother of pearl/abalone

Rio Grande P-90s Pickups

Grover 135 Gold Tuners

Klusson Trapeze Tailpiece Gold

Original Gibson #256 Extra Brilliant Greengold Cres-Lite Finish

MINT Condition, 1 Year Old

Pick Guard features custom inlayed yellow rose



Call Ed to discuss this amazing opportunity to own a one of a kind Schaefer Guitar! Now NO LONGER offered for sale! $5900 IT IS SOLD!!! (8/20/15)

Shop Photos Spring 2014


Check out these photos of the shop on our facebook page of what’s going on.

Check it out!

Frank D’Rone

Frank D’Rone
I’m sad to say my good friend and incredible musician frank D’Rone passed away October 3. One of the warmest and kindest people I’ve ever met in my life and one of the finest jazz vocalists and guitarists I have EVER heard. What is considered his best album, his latest, Double Exposure features a Schaefer Jazz Singer on every cut. I’m honored to be his friend and my thoughts and prayers are with Joan and the family. The Chicago Tribune wrote a nice article about Frank.

Apprenticeships Available


I do not advertise this too often, but I do offer customized apprentiship programs…..this is another way of saying luthier school!!! Yes…you pay me and come in and learn to build by watching me! Prices are dependent on what you want to learn to build. The first step is to call or e-mail me and set up a time to visit and we can customize a program that works for both of us! 512 786-8036 (Ed)

Schaefer 7 featured in “Electrified: The Art of the Contemporary Electric Guitar” by Robert Shaw

November 8, 2011

Schaefer Guitars Featured in New Book

The Schaefer 7 is featured on a full-page spread on page 218 in the new book “Electrified: The Art of the Contemporary Electric Guitar” by Robert Shaw. This book “offers a visually stunning selection of guitars by the finest builders at work today, showcasing instruments by 125 master artisans and custom shops from fifteen different countries.”

For more information on ordering the book, go to

Mike Wheeler and Mike Nase have a CD available! Pick it up!

Mike Wheeler and Mike Nase have a CD available! Pick it up!

Nicolai Schneekloth of Vintage & Rare Visits

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October 25, 2010

Nicolai Schneekloth, the founder and CEO of the website Vintage & Rare, came all the way from Denmark and stopped by the Schaefer Guitars booth at the Arlington Guitar Show. Be sure to check out his interview with Ed in the video below (Ed is at minute 7:33).

The website Vintage & Rare is “a gateway to vintage, rare and hand & custom built musical equipment, an easy-to-use tool and internet resource for dealers, builders, buyers and enthusiasts.” Check out the Schaefer Guitars’ page at (which includes prices in Euros for our European friends!)

Thanks to Nicolai for visiting!