Welcome to Herb Taylor Instruments
I am an independent luthier making the best bouzoukis, citterns, mandolins, mandolas, mando cellos, guitars, and
tenor guitars I can, to the highest standards of lutherie. My creations are all
unique one-of-a-kind instruments and are my own design, not copies of
big-name factory instruments.
I seek out unusual and beautiful woods, generally avoiding plastic bindings and heavy
"sunburst" stains (originally developed to hide the poorly-finished edges of
instruments). I prefer to let the quality materials show their beauty naturally.
If you want a Martin or Gibson look-a-like, you won't find it here.
But if you seek something a little different (yet still restrained and in good
taste, within mainstream tradition), I invite you to audition one. I am "not
yet famous" and I think you'll find the prices reasonable.
Video of musicians at OFlaherty Irish Music Retreat jamming on 3 of my instruments
The whistle player is trying one of Gene Milligan's whistles.
Youtube also has videos of several of my instruments, including a
clip of Mason Brown
playing one of my 12-string guitars.
Click to search YouTube for Herb Taylor