WE Are B.A. Ferguson

B.A. Ferguson guitars Founded in 2008 in Hartsville, SC by Ramon “Boot” Arreola, passionately building hand-crafted guitars now residing in El Paso, TX mostly from fine, aged, and reclaimed woods.


“In a world full of "disposable" instruments, I wanted to create things that would surpass us for generations to come. Things that speak of love and that can be handed down. I’m essentially in the business of building heirlooms while also trying to accommodate the working musician. Every guitar that comes out of our shop plays as if it is playing you, and part of that is because I put a lot of thought and heart into each one, always thinking ahead. These creations are very personal to me.

I say that "love is handmade" because, it starts with love, and is only love when it is put into action.  It is the act of turning nothing into something, and I get to enjoy doing just that every day.  I use routers, saws, and other machines, but even with that, I get to know every nook and cranny of that particular instrument by the time it is done.  It is always such a joy.  I absolutely love what I do, and my hope is that it shows.”

Boot Arreola

Boot Arreola

Hi, I'm Boot

I'm "Boot" A. "Ferguson" and I make guitars. Founded in 2008, I've been passionately making hand crafted guitars in Hartsville, SC from fine, aged, and reclaimed woods, recently relocating to El Paso, TX.

I grew up in El Paso, TX, and my passion for guitars started when I was about fourteen years old. One day, my mother, aunt, and grandmother all pitched in to buy my first guitar.  As I learned how to play, I couldn't help tinkering with the thing. One guitar lead to another, and I eventually met a gifted luthier, Baron Martin, who took me under his wing.

I naturally had a love for history and "Barry" was very good at incorporating this into his teaching.  After a few years of apprenticeship, I moved with my wife to Hartsville, SC, and ran my own guitar repair and restoration business for just over 15 years.

Over time I have had the privilege of restoring a lot of interesting guitars many of whom have surpassed their makers for generations.  Some with such detail that you can't help but appreciate every aspect of this tedious craft.  It is with that appreciation and love, that I began making my own guitars.