Traditional

String Intruments

Our traditional designs are based on the Gibson Loar era F & A style mandolins using only the highest quality materials and hardware, utilizing innovative engineering & construction techniques.

Custom

String Instruments

Built from the finest quality materials and modern engineering principals for the accomplished musician, our custom instruments are true works of art in and of themselves.

Simple Goals, Extraordinary Results

Applying Modern Engineering Techniques To
Traditional Stringed Instruments

I’ve been building stringed instruments in my 400-sqft shop, located in the Washington Cascade foothills just east of Renton, Washington since 2008.   My goal is to build traditionally styled instruments from the mandolin family for the accomplished musician. The traditional mandolins are based on the Gibson Loar era F5 & A5 original designs and built with only the highest quality materials and hardware and utilizing innovative engineering and construction techniques. In addition to traditional designs, I also build custom stringed instruments ranging from Octave Mandolins (based on the Gibson L5 Guitar body style) to Acoustic Double Basses.

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Highest Quality Materials

Alaskan Sitka, Bearclaw Figure Spruce, Engelmann or Red Spruce, Redwood or Cedar sound boards. Ebony and Rosewood Neck, Fretboard & Bridge woods …

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Innovative Engineering

Acoustic Tuning of the soundboard and backboard plats. Modification of the Fret Scale along with string compensation to provide perfect intonation over the …

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Customers Loyalty

“Sometimes you choose the mandolin and sometimes the mandolin chooses you. After dancing together for three years at Wintergrass, I was finally able to…”

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To start the order process, we’ll discuss what you’re looking for in an instrument. Once we agree upon the specifications, price, and a delivery time frame, we’ll need a refundable $500 deposit before work begins on your instrument.

I generally try to keep a couple of instruments for demo purposes, and if you’re located in the Pacific Northwest, I can work with you to try one out. Other arrangements can also be made to ship you a demo model to try out yourself before making a final decision.

Throughout the building process, we will keep you updated so you can see your instrument as it’s built. Final payment is due before shipment and you have 30 days and decide that it’s your perfect mandolin.

If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied, we will work with you to make any reasonable modifications or you can return it, in original condition with the case, for a full refund.

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