NAMM_Guitar photoLuthiers rejoice!

With just one week until the 2014 NAMM show in Anaheim, California, the outlook for high-end guitar sales is looking decidedly rosy. In a press release, NAMM noted the trend line for custom, handmade guitars.

Following a precipitous drop in sales between 2008 and 2009, high-end, custom, and boutique acoustic guitars are making an encouraging comeback. Headed into the 2014 NAMM Show, sales of high-end, luthier-crafted and custom acoustic instruments are at a five-year high.

The return to pre-recession level sales figures is especially true at the upper end of the market, NAMM said.

Sales of high-end acoustic guitars, a category that includes all guitars priced above $1,500, have increased 39 percent since 2009.