Mark Swanson is a member of the Guild of American Luthiers and the Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians Local 56

All images and music copyright Mark Swanson Music.



 If you have come here looking for a fine handmade instrument then I hope you'll look around and contact me for a price quote or to talk about your questions, needs and comments.

The instruments I build are made completely by me alone in my one-man shop. I don't source any of my parts from other suppliers. The Acoustic and Electric guitars and Standard and Octave mandolins that I build can be found by clicking the links at the top of each page, and I hope you'll stop to view the photos. I can work with you on the choices of wood and appointments so please take the time to imagine your special Custom Guitar or Mandolin as you look at the photos.

Welcome to Swanson Instruments

Mark Swanson

Luthier and Musician


Here is where you can find my Facebook Open Mic Group and get all my notifications and videos.

Here are some Open Mic Video Highlights!



West Michigan Guitar Repair Central!


I also do a lot of guitar repair and restorations. I’ve been doing this for a lot of years, and those who may not know of my reputation in the area frequently email and ask me about it. If you have an instrument for repair or restoration please send me an email and ask about it, or you may bring it directly to Rainbow Music in Grand Rapids where I do repair work.

I’ve been hosting Open Mic Nights recently, they provide me with a lot of musical diversity and fun as I play with others or just listen to them do their best.

Each Wednesday evening I host at Gipper’s, at 2929 Kraft SE in Cascade just south of 28th Street.


Open Mic Nights continue, each Thursday up in the wonderful town of Howard City, Michigan… at the Pizza Cafe’! The best pizza for miles around, and this cafe’ features live music on tuesdays, thursdays and fridays!

And I host an Open Mic there each Thursday from 6-8 pm. Come on in and play, and see the great local talent as well!