Handcrafted Archtop Guitars and Mandolins

RECENTLY SOLD

“The Bear Claw”
17″ Archtop Guitar
North American Wood
Solid Sitka Spruce Top
Solid Bigleaf Maple Back
Ribbon Mahogany Trim

INSTRUMENT FEATURES

Solid Wood Top, Back & Sides
Environmentally- friendly CITES approved  wood and materials.
Environmentally-friendly Super Hard, Waterborne Lacquer Finish
Hand Carved & Tuned
Natural Hide Glue Used Throughout
Deeper cut-away
Exotic Woods
Unique Soundports

 LIFETIME WARRANTY

Each guitar comes with a lifetime warranty against defects to the original purchaser.

GUITARS & MANDOLINS

Built for years of enjoyment with unlimited design capabilities and customization possibilities

Free consultation to discuss your custom guitar or mandolin

A few things that are important to all musicians…

The playability and comfort of the instrument; the quality and precise woodworking techniques, the ability to hand tune each instrument to maximize  the sound of each instrument, the aesthetics of the overall instrument.

MEMBER G.A.L.

GUILD OF AMERICAN LUTHIERS

MEMBER A.S.I.A.

ASSOCIATION OF STRINGED INSTRUMENT ARTISANS

CUSTOM ORDER COMMISSIONED GUITAR

The Jack Grassel – JG1

During my formative years I studied guitar with Jack Grassel who is one of the top jazz guitarists in the country.  40 years later, in 2010, Jack Grassel approached me to build him a custom made solid body guitar made out of Bubinga and Wenge wood.

THE BODY

THE NECK

THE PICKUPS

THE PLAYER

CUSTOM ORDER COMMISSIONED GUITAR

8 String, Multi-Scale, Left Handed 18″ Archtop

Another guitar teacher of mine, Tom Zietlow who has performed with a multitude of jazz greats approached me about his dream of owning an 8 string archtop guitar.  Tom is a phenomenal player who excels in fingerstyle jazz and arranging. 

BODY

NECK

REQUIREMENTS

CONSTRUCTION

Portfolio

Client Testimonials

Tom Zietlow

Jazz Guitar Artist

Jack Grassel

Jazz Guitar Artist

Email me for more information

dan@smockeguitars.com

About Me

More to come…

Dan Smocke

Luthier

Latest News

Just finished the “Bear Claw” 17″ Archtop and is available for purchase.  It’s called the Bear Claw because the top has one small area to the left of the tailpiece that looks like a bear clawed the grain while the tree was growing.  I don’t think this actually occured but it’s a good description of what the grain looks like.  It’s BEAUTIFUL!

The Effect of Finishes on the Vibration Properties of Spruce Guitar Soundboard Wood

I read an interesting paper recently published in the Savart Journal which is published in collaboration with the Guild of American Luthiers. The article was written by Howard P. Stephens,[…]

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Left-Handed Archtop

Almost finished with the new left-handed 17″ archtop. Using solid Sitka Spruce for the top, Bigleaf Maple for the back and sides, custom cut and bent by hand wood binding.[…]

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