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.

My name is Mark Swanson, and I build the guitars and mandolins that you'll see here.


 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

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 am hosting an Open Mic Night in Grand Rapids, at The Bier Distillery! It’s on West River Drive in Comstock Park. A great place! I’ve been waiting for a long time to have an Open Mic in Grand Rapids area, and I hope all my friends will come in and play.  

The Open Mic is Wednesday Nights and we start at 7PM!

Meanwhile over on the lakeshore in Holland, every Thursday night I host another 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!