David is a skilled professional luthier and performs work on my collection and I’m pleased to feature him on my site. He is a degreed engineer with a working background in the Textile industry but left that career to follow his passion: building and repairing acoustic guitars full time. For 30 years David has been an avid collector of vintage Gibson and Martin guitars (and Maine Coon cats) and I consider his knowledge a major resource to my efforts.Davids¬†practical approach is both helpful and reassuring when repairs are required.

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Repair Services:

  • Neck resets
  • Fret dressing or replacement
  • Bridge re glue
  • Bridge replacement
  • Crack repair
  • Lose or cracked brace repair
  • Setups
  • Pickup installation
  • Electric Guitars
  • Mandolins

Custom Guitar Styles:

  • Hatchard 0000
  • Standard Dreadnought
  • Shallow body Dreadnought
  • L-00 and Lucas styles
  • 12-string
  • Baritone
  • Gibson style Jumbos

 David Hatchard РIndependent Luthier Services

Exeter, New Hampshire

  • Mentored for 12 years by Jack O’Brien, well-known mandolin builder and repair luthier in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
  • Worked in Bill Tippin’s guitar shop in Marblehead, Massachusetts and built his first guitar while working for Bill.
  • Full time independent luthier since 2006, well-versed in acoustic guitar repairs plus work on mandolins and electric guitars.
  • Contract repair services for Acoustic Outfitters in Stratham New Hampshire and The Music Emporium in Boston.

Custom Built Acoustic Guitars

Since taking off on his own in 2006, David has built 25 sensational sounding guitars for the most discerning of players. Varieties include standard and shallow body dreadnoughts, L-00s, 12 string and Baritone guitars along with several Jumbo sized guitars. All builds are of exquisite craftsmanship and finish, select exotic woods and tops, sophisticated style and features rivaling the top semi custom boutique manufactures and independent builders of our time.

David’s own design is similar to the Martin 0000 and Bourgeois JOM body size. He considers these a great size for all around finger and flat picking playing styles.