Work in progress: four classic “0”-size parlor guitars

These four parlor guitars were inspired by the classic Martin "0"-sized guitars of the early 20th century. These sleek beauties have compact bodies but a full string length (24-3/4"), so they'll be easy and comfortable to handle while still maintaining plenty of dynamic projection to entertain the room.

We're building four, with a fun variety of material:

  • Old-growth coastal redwood top - from an old Anderson Valley (CA) sheep barn - with Honduras rosewood back & sides and boxwood binding
  • Master-grade Sitka spruce top with old-growth Honduras mahogany back & sides and rosewood binding
  • Master-grade Sitka spruce top with Presidio (San Francisco) black acacia sides & back and rosewood binding
  • Master-grade Sitka spruce top with western cherry back/Anderson Valley (CA) cherry sides and rosewood binding

All four of these guitars will feature:

  • ebony fingerboard & bridge
  • abalone Dart logo
  • abalone or mother-of-pearl fretboard markers
  • 1-3/4" nut width
  • 24-3/4" string length
  • 13" lower bout
  • 4" butt depth

The acacia & cherry guitars are spoken for, but the redwood/rosewood and spruce/mahogany ones are available! Please contact us if you're interested in one.


Northern California tonewood: Cypress & Acacia Tenor Ukuleles

Have a look at these beauties! These brand-new tenor ukuleles have been strung up for about a month. All four feature northern California tonewoods in their tops, necks, backs, and sides: two Monterey cypress, from Point Arena (a neighboring town in Mendocino County, California) and two black acacia from Marin County. All four have ebony fingerboards & bridges, as well as abalone or mother-of-pearl fingerboard markers and hand-cut abalone Dart logos.

As of this posting, all four are for sale & available to see and play at the Dart Instruments showroom. Please contact us with any questions.

More information at each instrument's individual page:

Acacia Tenor Ukulele (X-braced)

Acacia Tenor Ukulele (ladder-braced)

Monterey Cypress Tenor Ukulele (X-braced)

Monterey Cypress Tenor Ukulele (ladder-braced)

Tenor ukuleles almost ready!

These four tenor ukes are practically building themselves, after the comparatively huge recent bass guitars & dreadnought. The finish & bridges are glued on to all of them, and this week we’re stringing & setting them up. It’s always fun to hear a brand new instrument after weeks of anticipation.

Contact David if you’re interested in one.

Tenor ukuleles on the way

After working on the basses & dreadnought, these four tenor ukes are coming together quickly. Lots of northern California tonewood for this batch: two Monterey cypress from Point Arena (a neighboring town on the southern Mendocino coast), and two acacia from San Francisco’s Presidio. There are both X-braced & ladder-braced tops for each wood variety, so we’re eager to hear the difference.

Other features: ebony fingerboard, 16-7/8″ string length, Sitka spruce bracing, hot hide glue construction, abalone or mother-of-pearl Dart logo/fingerboard markers/side dots.

If you’re interested in reserving one of these beauties, contact David.

Brand new instruments: “Butterflies” cocobolo dreadnought & two acoustic bass guitars

Happy Solstice from Dart Instruments! Brighten up the darkest day of the year with these dazzling photos of David’s latest creations. More information about these spectacular instruments below. The fretted acoustic bass guitar is currently FOR SALE – $5,000 USD (does not include shipping or sales tax). Get in touch if you have any questions – thanks for looking!

“Butterflies” Dreadnought

Koa Acoustic Bass Guitar (Fretted)

Koa Fretless Acoustic Bass Guitar

End-of-year instrument sale!

Luthier David Dart in his showroom with some of his creations, December 2018
Top row (L to R): South American rosewood/Sitka spruce 00 guitar; Koa/Sitka OM guitar; Madagascar rosewood/Sitka 00 guitar; Cherry/Sitka 00 guitar; Maple/Sitka A-5 mandolin. On table: Acacia (L) & Jarrah (R) baritone ukuleles. Bottom row (L to R): Mahogany 8-String Hawaiian-style lap steel guitar; Koa/Sitka acoustic bass; Mahogany/Spruce OM guitar with Gene Parsons Stringbender. 

Some of these instruments are a couple years old & have some nicks and dings from folks testing them out, so we’re lowering prices on a select handful, hoping they’ll find a happy home. They might not be in perfect brand new mint condition, but they’ve been well set up & played in. Everything sounds & feels fantastic – stop by the Dart Instruments showroom at 520 Hwy. 128 in Philo, California to try one out!

Koa & Sitka spruce OM guitar$4000 $2500

South American rosewood/Sitka spruce 00 guitar$4000 $3200

Madagascar rosewood/Sitka spruce 00 guitar$5000 $4500

Maple & Sitka spruce A5 mandolin$3500 $3200

Acacia & jarrah baritone ukuleles$2000 $1800

Prices do not include sales tax or shipping. Visit the Dart Instruments Inventory page for more information, and feel free to get in touch with any questions.