If you're looking for a custom stringed instrument made out of a cigar box, lunch box, shovel, canoe paddle, axe handle, 2x4, or something else, I can probably build it for you. Maybe you want a cigar box guitar, but instead of fretting it for a full chromatic scale or even common diatonic or pentatonic scales, you want one fretted specifically for a Middle Eastern scale. I can certainly build it. Maybe you've seen some oddball stringed instrument on YouTube, and you can only find one guy in Germany who makes them. Send me a little information and I may be able to build something similar for you. Just be aware that prototyping new instruments takes a lot of time, and that can end up being quite costly. Let me know what you have in mind and I'll be happy to discuss it with you.
Price range: My stringed instruments have ranged anywhere from $60 for a single string on a fretless neck up to $600 for a 6 string resonator guitar with a nice humbucker pickup. Price varies depending upon the number of strings, fretting, electronics, and other considerations.
Turnaround time: Please be aware that custom orders are added to my waiting list, and I work on them as time permits. During certain times of the year, I'm traveling almost non-stop to festivals, so I'm hardly in the workshop at all for long stretches. I aim to get things done as quickly as I can, but my top priority is quality, and I'm never going to rush anything out the door if it isn't right. Given my current backlog, custom orders may take 3 to 6 months to complete.
Please get in touch and I'll be happy to discuss your project with you. Once I know what you have in mind, I'll be able to give you a more accurate time and cost estimate. Thanks!