Hopkins Guitars are handcrafted top quality acoustical steel string guitars and mountain dulcimers. You can choose your next instrument from one in my inventory or we can design your custom handmade instrument together; which is what I recommend. That way you get your dream instrument to enjoy for years to come. It will be customized to your wishes and to your playing style. We will pick the materials together from the body and neck materials to the tuners. So give me a call and let’s get started on your dream instrument(s). On custom instruments we will be in contact together during the entire build, sending photos each step of the way if you wish.

All my instruments are 100% handmade by me in my small shop. All necks are hand craved so any size & shape of neck is an option. I start with lumbers not kits. I hand carve all my soundboard and back braces and electronically tune all my soundboards/braces while carving using Peterson's Strobosoft software. The only parts I buy are the inlays, some of my bridges, strings and tuning machines.

I'm a K&K Sound and LR Baggs dealer and authorized installer.

Size  Overall
Width @ Nut
Width @ 12 Fret
0-14 (Parlor)38-1/2"24.9"1-3/4"2-1/8"2-1/8"16"
0-12 (Parlor)1924.9"1-3/4"2-3/16"2-1/8"16"
Size      Body LengthUpper BoutWaist    Lower BoutThickness
@ Neck
@ Tail
0-14 (Parlor)18-1/2"10"8"13-1/2"3-1/43-7/8"
0-12 (Parlor)19-1/8"10"8"13-1/2"3-1/4"3-7/8"

My custom guitars start at $2595 which has solid Mahogany or East Indian Rosewood sides and back, Sitka Spruce soundboard, Mahogany neck and Ebony fingerboard, bridge and headstock veneers, adjustable truss rod, bone nut and saddle, herringbone, wood or MOP rosette, wood purfling,& binding, Gotoh 510 (21:1) tuning machines and hard case. Your choice of standard or forward (pre-war) X-bracing, which can be either scalloped or non-scalloped. Side sound hole and left handed instruments are available at no extra cost.

Options Include:

   Other tone-woods; domestic & exotic hardwoods

  Other soundboard woods; Red Spruce, Mahogany, Western Red Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar, etc.

   Laminated, multi wood, necks

   Head stock and fret-board inlays


   Other nut and saddle materials; Ivory, Buffalo Horn, Fossil Ivory, etc.

    Many other options available, please give me a call, 321-412-3327.

My dulcimers are high end instrument based on my years of guitar building and as a mechanical-structural design engineer. The soundboards have a sound-hole and bridge with no fret board in the lower bout like acoustical guitars. My standard bracing is an X-brace with fan shape tone bars. Other lower bout soundboard bracing options are: X-braced with tone bars like top quality steel string guitars, and fan bracing like top quality classical guitars. Each bracing style gives a different sound. The soundboard is book matched top quality Sitka or Red Spruce with spruce bracing. All dulcimers have superior sound quality and made of top quality materials. My standard scale length is 25.34 inch with other scales available. Side sound holes are standard and left handed models are available.

My dulcimers consist of AAA Grade Sitka or Adirondack Spruce soundboards with hand carved spruce bracing, varies book matched back and sides (like mahogany, cherry, oak, walnut), , hardwood fret-board & headstock veneer, hardwood binding, top and back purfling, double black/white/black wood pin strip sound hole rosette, bone nut & saddle, Grover 305C chrome toners or equal, solid hardwood bridge and lacquer finish. $1599 Florida residents pay sale tax.

So lets design the instrument(s) you have been dreaming about, call or email for more information and pricing, hopkinsguitars@att.net 321-412-3327.

Meet the Maker:

Hello, I'm Gary Hopkins and after years of woodworking I needed a more challenging project. Being a lover of music and a guitar player, I decided to start building acoustical guitars. After a few of years of building guitars I added mountain dulcimers to my inventory.

In July 2011, I left the space program, where I was an engineering design manager, to pursue a full time career as a Luthier building top quality acoustical instruments. All instruments are 100% handcrafted and finished by me in my shop. All instruments are 100% guaranteed against defects. They will be repaired or replaced, my option, at no charge.

Several guitars and mountain dulcimers are available for sale, click on the page links to the right for more details and pricing.

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