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Handcrafted Archtop Guitars and Mandolins

"It's a beautiful guitar"...Bob Benedetto

ARCHTOP GUITARS & MANDOLINS

Handcrafted  instruments custom made for years of enjoyment.  Competitively priced with unlimited design capabilities and customization possibilities

An instrument is the musical artisits canvas used to express themselves.  Many name brand instruments can take the artist to certain levels of performance but the artist desires more out tof the instrument.  They feel limited.  That is what Smocke Guitars can do for you. A custom made instrument designed specifically for your needs is not out of your reach.

 Free consultation to discuss your custom guitar or mandolin

A few things that are important to me.

The playability and comfort of the instrument for my clients.   The quality and precise woodworking techniques with special focus in the graduation of the top and backs to allow them to vibrate effortlessly as in the Cremonese technique.  The back is carved with various thicknesses in many areas to act as a diaphragm of sorts.  Hand voicing or carving of each instrument to maximize each piece of tonewood.    All to help the artist produce their unique sound; and finally the aesthetics of the overall instrument.

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The ” JELLY BEAN” Left Handed
17″ Artist Series Archtop Guitar 


Designed with a solid wood Bigleaf Maple top, back, and sides. Ribbon Sapele Mahogany trim.  Handcut Solid wood binding.  Offest Soundhole. Naturally acoustic hot hide glue throughout.

Smocke Guitars listing in the Luthier Shop of Jazz Guitar Today Online Magazine. 

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Guitar International sat down with luthier Dan Smocke and guitarist Jack Grassel to talk about the unique JG-1, one of a kind guitar and just what went into building such a stellar instrument. 

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iNSTRUMENT FEATURES

All series come with solid wood for the top and back.  The Professional and Artist Series come with Double Sides of solid wood.  Hand crafted and customized for each client.  Hand tuned, unique cut-away and soundports, exotic woods (CITES approved)

Environmentally friendly super hard, waterborne lacquer finish, french polish finish. 

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MULTI-SCALE ADVANTAGES

In order to achieve proper intonation when adding additional strings we use a multi-scale fretboard.  Sometimes incorporating a compound radius to the neck.

6 STRING SOLID BODY GUITAR

The JG-1

Custom designed and crafted solid body guitar made for Jack Grassel, Jazz Guitar Artist

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THE BODY

Solid Bubinga

THE NECK

Solid Wenge

THE PICKUPS

1960’s Guild Humbuckers

8 STRING, MULTI-SCALE, COMPOUND RADIUS, LEFT HANDED, 18″ HANDCARVED ARCHTOP GUITAR

The  “Triad”

Custom designed and crafted archtop guitar made for Tom Zietlow, Jazz Guitar Artist.

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BODY

Solid Sitka Spruce Top
Solid Bigleaf Maple Back and Sides
Leopardwood binding and headstock

NECK

Three piece Rock Maple with Leopardwood center stripe

Strings tuned high A to low A using a multi-scale, compound radius fingerboard.

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Client Testimonials

Dirk Krouskop

Jazz Guitar Artist  & Collector

“It is truly a beautiful guitar with absolutely stunning craftsmanship.”

Jack Grassel

Jazz Guitar Artist

“It’s great having a custom made guitar because it has all the things I like in a guitar.”

Tom Zietlow

Jazz Guitar Artist

“My music has taken on an entirely new sound with an 8 string guitar. The extra high A string and low A string allows me to explore sounds
and arrangements that were never possible on a 6 string guitar.”

Latest News

The left-handed “Jelly Bean is now available.  See link above.