Dart Baritone Guitar: Sitka Spruce & Honduras Mahogany (2022)

This baritone growls on the bass end and still sings through the treble notes. We built this one based on David’s SJ (Small Jumbo) body. Its 28.5″ string length holds all the way down to a low A and feels great tuned to B as well. There are sixteen frets to the body & it’s a breeze to play your first position phrasings all the way up around the 12th fret octave. Nimble & dynamic response for fingerpickers and powerful projection when flat-picked.

$8,000 plus tax and/or shipping – price includes hard-shell case

  • Honduras mahogany sides, back, and neck
  • Master-grade Sitka spruce (Ketchikan, Alaska) top 
  • Honduras rosewood binding, bridge, heelcap and peghead overlay
  • Indian ebony fingerboard
  • Waverly tuners   
  • Hand-cut abalone Dart logo
  • Rope purfling soundhole inlay 
  • Unique epoxy resin pickguard, made in-house
  • Mother-of-pearl fret markers & side dots 
  • Bone nut & saddle 
  • Satin polyurethane finish
  • 28.5” string length  
  • 16 frets to the body; 24 total frets
  • 1-3/4” nut width 

Dart Instruments at the La Conner Guitar Festival

David playing his first guitar — a Brazilian rosewood classical, built in 1967 — in the Dart Instruments showroom, April 2022. Photo credit: Justin Gordon

If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, come check out several new Dart guitars at the La Conner Guitar Festival, between Friday, May 13th and Sunday, May 15th. Although David won’t be attending, shop assistant Geoffrey Yenson will be holding down the Dart Instruments booth — stop by and say hi!

The show runs from 11 AM until 6 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 AM until 4PM on Sunday. Tickets are $20 at the door ($15 in advance / online) for a single day, or $50 for a weekend pass ($40 in advance / online).

In addition to the luthiers’ exhibition, there will be assorted workshops, concerts, performances, and lots of other vendors as well.

More information & tickets at laconnerguitarfestival.com

Dart Ukulele Trio – Cherry Concert, Hawaiian Lacewood Tenor & Soprano (2022)

We started off 2022 with a fun run of ukuleles, in all different sizes. The cherry concert uke is made from old western cherry that David’s had since the 1960s; its peghead has a ram inlay designed, cut, & inlaid by shop assistant Geoffrey Yenson. The Hawaiian lacewood tenor & soprano are a matching set, made from a board sent from Hawaii by the customer who’d ordered them. All three have Pegheds tuners, rosewood fingerboards/bridges, abalone soundhole rings, and abalone Dart logos.