Palir™ Guitars

A little about us…


John Palir, Katie Palir, and Zak Loy

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 A little about us…

Palir™ Guitars is a small Louisiana business owned and operated full time by husband and wife John & Katie Palir with part time help. Our main focus is to provide a nicely worn in instrument with unmatched comfort, tone and playability.  When someone plays a Palir™ Guitar they often are immediately drawn in by the comfort and smoothness of our necks, as well as the clarity of pickups, and overall sustain of the guitar. We have a special process we have developed for aging our necks to make them smooth as possible.


Special Finish - Collage

The Journey:

In 2009, I started taking on small guitar projects after I would come home from my day job. I became fascinated with aging guitar parts and creating something that was interesting yet playable. Before long, I was selling aged guitar parts, kits, and full guitars with no name.

John Palir – Builder

In 2012, I decided to make a push and build complete guitars under my own name and lay to rest selling guitar parts.


In 2014, I was able to go full-time building guitars for a living. It was that year, a close friend pushed me further out of my comfort zone and suggested I should exhibit for the first time at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN. It was a simple…why not? I was scared, nervous, and wondered if anyone one would even look at the guitars, much less stop by the booth to play them or like them. I am thankful that I took the plunge and set up that year at our first trade show. This year will be our 3rd year to exhibit. It has been a great avenue to get our guitars in the hands of the players.


John & Katie Palir – Summer NAMM 2014- Nashville, TN – Our first Trade Show (before the madness)


Summer NAMM 2015 – Nashville, TN – Our Second Year

Fast forward to 2016, and Palir™ Guitars has continued to grow. We have also opened up the door for a handful of  Authorized Dealers and are now in a few stores across the globe. We have been able to release one original design called Genesis and a few new artistic finishes. There have been a lot of ups, downs, and extreme challenges along the way. We are very thankful to be able to do what we do.


“Thank you for stopping in and checking out Palir™ Guitars. I hope you found what you are looking for and maybe a little something you didn’t know you needed as well. We would love to hear your ideas. Head on over to the Custom Form and send us your thoughts. ” 

John Palir


Building Palir™ Guitars since 2012 – Experimenting in Creativity since Childhood.



untitled (5 of 22)Genesis

One of my biggest memories to date

was when one of my earlier guitars built for Austin Hanks unexpectedly landed in the hands of

Billy F. Gibbons. 


His 2 word review – Swamp Righteous!!!

(Austin Hanks and Billy F. Gibbons pictured above. B.F.G. is playing that guitar in this picture.)