Custom Orders

David has over fifty years’ experience making custom instruments & would be happy to design and build your dream instrument. Please take some time to browse the Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Steel, & Unique/Traditional galleries, as well as the “Inlay” gallery towards the bottom of this page.

David uses 100% solid wood, and all custom inlay (including the Dart logo) is cut & set by hand. With the exception of tuners, fingerboard dots, frets, strings, cases, and pickups, all instrument components are hand-made, assembled, and finished at David’s shop on Highway 128 in Navarro, California. Dart Instruments is located between the rugged Mendocino Coast and beautiful Anderson Valley, in the heart of Mendocino County wine country.

If you see something you like on this website or have a particular style or design in mind, get in touch with David for a consultation.


Guitars/Bass Guitars – starting at $6000

Hawaiian-style lap steel guitars – starting at $5000

Mandolins (A-style) – starting at $4500

Ukuleles – starting at $2000