WE Are B.A. Ferguson

We make B.A. Ferguson and Unitas guitars. Founded in 2008, our shop has been passionately building hand-crafted guitars in Hartsville, SC, from fine, aged, and reclaimed woods.


In a world full of "disposable" instruments, we create things that would surpass us for generations to come. Things that speak of our love for this craft and can be handed down. We're in the business of building heirlooms. Every guitar that comes out of our shop plays as if it is playing you, and part of that is because we put a lot of thought and heart into each one, always thinking ahead. These creations are very personal to us.

We 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 we get to enjoy doing just that every day.  We use routers, saws, and other machines, but even with that, we get to know every nook and cranny of that particular instrument by the time it is done.  It is always such a joy.  We absolutely love what we do, and our 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, we've been passionately making hand crafted guitars in Hartsville, SC from fine, aged, and reclaimed woods.

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 started my own business.

Over the years, I have had the privilege of restoring a lot of interesting guitars. Many of those guitars have surpassed their makers for generations.  Some with such detail, 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.


Brian Smith

Brian is BA Ferguson's production manager and Unitas creator. More coming soon.

 Scott Roberts

Scott Roberts

ScoTt Roberts

Scott is a luthier, the repair manager, and instructor at our shop, Frets 'n' Necks, in Hartsville, SC.

Scott has been at Frets & Necks SC since 2012.  He is a graduate of Mars Hill College and received his bachelor's degree in music in 2009.  When he is not teaching lessons or repairing guitars, Scott is playing music professionally in and around the state of SC