Swanson Guitars and Music

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 have joined with my lifelong friend Jim Spalink to perform music in the West Michigan area. On top of being one of the best people I know, Jim and I met when we were 15 and learned how to play together.

Now you can find the two of us playing here and there, I’ll announce where and when as things happen.
It’s great to be playing together again Jim!

Meanwhile over on the lakeshore in Holland, every Thursday night I host an Open Mic Night here at the

8th Street Grille!

It starts at 7pm, and its a great time in a very historic place….Music is new here so come on in and check it out!