Mark Blanchard

Mark Blanchard grew up in a workshop. His father’s home machine shop was the setting in which Mark learned about craftsmanship and developed a love for working with his hands. In the early eighties, while studying physics at the University of California in Santa Cruz, Mark’s love of acoustic music led him into the repair and restoration of string instruments. In1994 Mark began building his own line of acoustic guitars, and he became a full time luthier in 1998. Although largely self taught, Mark has studied flattop guitar acoustics with Al Carruth and archtop guitar construction with Linda Manzer and Tom Ribbecke. Today, Mark’s shop is located in beautiful Northwest Montana where he builds 12 to 14 guitars each year. His one at a time approach to guitar construction allows him bring out the best in each instrument and to closely tailor them to the needs of his customers. His wife, Kath, handles the administrative side of the business which further allows Mark to concentrate on the guitar building. His instruments are known for their clear, balanced sound, easy playability and impeccable workmanship.

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Available Models

IN STOCK: 2016 Blanchard Bristlecone

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
German Spruce Top
Cutaway
Manzer Wedge Body w/ Bevel
Macassar Ebony Bindings & Back Strip
3 Ring BRW/ABalone/BRW Rosette
BRW Headstock Veneer
Gold Gotoh 510 Tuners w/Ebony Buttons
Green Hoffee Case

 

$11,000.00

 

IN STOCK: 2005 Blanchard Pinyon

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
German Spruce Top
12 Frets to the Body
Brazilian Rosewood Rosette
Ebony Binding w/Maple Purfling
Slot Head w/BRW Veneer
Gold Waverly Tuners w/Ebony buttons

 

$5,500.00

 

SOLD: 1998 Blanchard Bristlecone

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Indian Rosewood Back & Sides
German Spruce Top
Rosewood Bindings
BRW/Abalone 3 Ring Rosette
BRW Headstock Veneer
Chrome Schaller Tuners

 

SOLD

 

SOLD: 2003 Blanchard Sugarpine

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Ziricote Back & Sides
Engelmann Spruce Top
Cutaway
Macassar Ebony Bindings
Ziricote & Abalone Rosette
Gold Mini Schaller Tuners w/Ebony Buttons

 

SOLD

 

SOLD: 2006 Blanchard Tamarack

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Carpathian Spruce Top
Cutaway
Wedge Body for Comfort
Ebony Bindings & Back Strip
3 Ring BRW/ABalone/BRW Rosette
BRW Headstock Veneer
Gold Gotoh 510 Tuners w/Ebony Buttons

 

SOLD