Handcrafted Archtop Guitars

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

I make handcrafted instruments made for years of enjoyment with unlimited design and customization possibilities.  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.

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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 SERIES

Collector Series

Complete customization with Master Grade wood.

Artist Series 
Same as Professional Series but with upgraded wood and hardware.

Professional Series
Solid wood top and back. Perfect for the gigging performer. 

All series come with solid wood for the top, back and sides. Hand crafted and customized for each client.  Hand tuned, unique cut-away and soundports, exotic woods (CITES approved) 

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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