About Mark

Our Luthier, Mark Routen

Our Luthier, Mark Routen

When Mark David Routen watched his teacher build a classical guitar in woodshop in 7th grade, it filled him with a lifelong desire to make guitars. Not having the means to build a guitar at age 13, he instead learned to play guitar and has been playing and repairing guitars ever since. He realized his dream of crafting guitars by reading and studying everything he could get his hands on about music creation, stringed-instrument construction, acoustics, tone woods, woodworking and wood finishing.

In 2003 he studied with luthier George Morris, a renowned luthier and teacher, and he has been creating beautifully detailed guitars since then. Mark has been a member of the Guild of American Luthiers since 2003 and participates in the Official Luthiers Forum. His mission is to provide great-sounding, great-playing, custom-ordered guitars at a reasonable price.

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