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What's going on in my shop and news

Here's what's currently going on in my shop. For complete construction details of past instruments, along with lots of sound clips, check our Archives section. If you have any questions or comments about these or other instruments or about the website, please contact me, and I'll get back to you quickly.

No more: all the available slots for custom instruments before I retire in October have been taken. Though I hope to do some occasional repair jobs after that, and to possibly even build something when the urge is upon me, I won't be taking on any new commissions. I'm really sorry I didn't get to build one for you.

If you'd like to hear one of my violins played in an orchestral setting, in this clip violinist Caroline Stephenson takes center stage. Her solo begins right around the 50:48 mark.




This little beauty, a 1-17 style all-mahogany guitar, will be my last commissioned build before I retire in October. The instrument will retain the looks and unique characteristics of the original guitars of this style, but will also incorporate more modern concepts such as carbon-fiber reinforcing and an adjustable truss rod. A perfect last instrument!


This custom-built dreadnought guitar for a Maryland customer was my second venture into Torrefied tops, and I'm once again delighted with the result. A red spruce top is matched with mahogany back and sides. Herringbone trim and Waverly tuning machines add special touches.


This F-style mandolin goes to a Baltimore-area customer, and will be presentation grade from headstock to end pin. Red spruce top, blistered maple back and sides, tortoise binding, and a plethora of elegant details.


Recently Completed Projects

Below are links to six of my recent projects. Click on any of the thumbs for more photos and for complete construction details.

For details on many more instruments, visit our Archives.


The new owner of a very recent A-style mandolin offers this:

I thought I would send you an update on the mandolin. It is a very good sounding mandolin. I love the profile of the neck. It is the most comfortable neck of any mandolin that I have ever played. I also love the Jescar EVO frets. The fit, finish, and workmanship are Awesome. Really enjoying it.

John Norris

For complete reviews from these and other happy customers, visit our Testimonials page.

The owner of a recent Skipper A-style mandolin just weighed in with this (these are excerpts from the larger review; visit our Testimonials page for the complete report):

Let me say first that it is an incredible mandolin. Tone, volume, depth, and playability are all excellent. The tone is bright, clear, and resonant from the low open G all the way up the neck to a G fretted on the 15th fret of the E string.

Let me also say that it is gorgeous. The sleek lowered pickguard; the curly maple back, sides, and neck; and the headstock overlay adorned only with the name Skipper. All top notch, professional, and 2nd to none.

Truly special.
Thanks Roger
Ron Webb

The new owner of the new Skipper slope-shouldered dreadnought guitar has this to say:

I can without any hesitation say that this is the most outstanding guitar that I have ever owned. . . [My Martin] D45 is a grand piece...but its no Skipper. I found a new home in Skipper Guitars. I found not just a guitar but a total instrument. You will too.

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