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My design philosophy is to create the most beautiful and functional instruments possible. While my double-cutaway design may look unconventional, I always allude to the classic lines of traditional guitars in my designs. I like to think that my instruments have the look of modern classics.

Mike Doolin is a guitarist of some 40 years professional experience. He received his formal music education at Mt. Hood Community College and North Texas State University. He played music professionally through the 80's, then became a software engineer and technical writer for the early 90's. In 1995 he founded Doolin Guitars, working as a solo luthier crafting handmade acoustic guitars. In his 15 years in lutherie, he built instruments for recording artists Esperanza Spalding, Muriel Anderson, John Stowell, Justin King and Nancy Conescu. He also wrote extensively on lutherie topics for the Guild of American Luthiers, and served as guest lecturer at the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie, the American School of Lutherie, Healdsburg Guitar Festival, the Montreal Guitar Festival and the Guild of American Luthiers Conventions. In 2010, Mike retired from professional lutherie to return to full time music.

Mike Doolins guitars are awesome designs that feature full access to the fingerboard and killer acoustic tone. A serious player's instrument.
Portland, OR
Muriel Anderson, Justin King, Mike Doolin
All, Jumbo, OM, Dreadnought, Classical
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