My wife and I recently took a trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit family. While we were up there, I visited Cream City Music, an excellent music store in the area. I played a number of guitars, including a brand of Strat- and Tele-style guitars that I had never heard of: Landric Guitars. They are handmade and assembled by Rick Land in Grafton, Wisconsin. I played several of his Strat-style guitars, and they played as well as any Fender-made Strat I’ve ever played, including my own number one Strat. I’m not really looking to add another Strat to my collection, but if I were a Landric guitar would be at the top of the list. They are reasonably priced, too!
Land uses a mixture of high-quality parts, select hardwoods, custom finished bodies and hand-finished necks. For example, on the models I played, he used Lollar “Blackface” pickups, which sound fantastic. The neck felt extremely comfortable in my hands, and the overall weight of the guitar was very comfortable.
Cream City Music is currently the only retail store that carries Landric Guitars. You can contact them to get more information about Landric Guitars. I’ve only had the one visit with them, but they seemed very friendly and helpful.
You can see a demo of a Strat-style Landric guitar below (in fact, this is likely one of the guitars I played in the store):