Dan Smocke

There are skills and abilities that seem to come naturally to many people.  This is unexplainable.  That is what woodworking has been for me.  I am a self-taught luthier based on the teachings of John D’Angelico, James D. Aquisto, Irving Sloane, Robert Benedetto, Roger Siminoff, and many other master luthiers.  I concentrate my efforts on a full-time basis crafting unique, one of a kind instruments similar to the path Jimmy D’Aquisto took in his later career. 

I hand craft custom six, seven and eight string archtop guitars and mandolins in three series of instruments; the Professional Series, the Artist Series, and the Collector Series. They are solid wood, not laminated, and hand tuned. 

I pay close attention to every meticulous detail, especially the tone of the guitar.  The tonal complexity, clarity, depth, volume and “throatiness” of sound is constantly on my mind during the build process.  

I am very passionate about making archtop guitars and mandolins to exacting standards.  I employ modern innovation while retaining traditional archtop designs with precision craftsmanship.  Handcrafted instruments custom made for years of enjoyment with unlimited design capabilities and customization possibilities.