Handmade Archtop Jazz Guitars

American Archtop Guitar Maker
Dan Smocke

I hand craft custom six, seven and eight string archtop guitars for my clients in my small shop in Wisconsin, U.S.A.
An instrument is the musical artists canvas used to express themselves.  Many name brand instruments can take the artist to certain levels of performance but the artist desires more out of the instrument.  The artist feels limited.  A custom made instrument can extend the musical limits.

I focus on the playability, comfort and aesthitics of the instrument by using precise woodworking techniques with special focus in the graduation of the top and backs to allow them to vibrate effortlessly.   Each instrument is hand voiced (carved) to maximize each piece of tonewood. All to help the artist produce their unique sound.

My build list is currently open with a 12-15 month delivery time. Pricing begins at $7,500.

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