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I showcase a variety of stringed instruments on this site, and I post updates as I develop new designs. Some of the items are “production models” that I keep on hand for various craft shows & as “Buy it Now” on Ebay. Some of the items are unique, one of a kind pieces. I may build something similar to it, but I won’t duplicate an item in this category without significantly changing something. If you are interested in having an instrument built to your specifications contact me for a quote.

Update: I have recently won multiple awards for my Traditional Folk Instruments, including 2 Blue Ribbons at the 2016 Florida State Fair.



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“G.S. Monroe is a builder of high quality folk music instruments that challenges tradition head on.  Built to last, sound great and be easy to play are what defines his instruments.”  – Don Goguen

Posted January 16, 2013 by Don

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  1. Awesome video.I build cigar box guitars and love this type of music. Live in Orlando planning a trip to see you in Lakeland…Keep on Picking !

    Tom and Pat Grace
  2. very nice submit, i definitely love this website, keep on it bddbedffecdc

  3. Love my new can been playin all afternoon “where the roses never fade”

  4. In days past there were differences in the folk instruments that were made. Some were made by people like me – rough but reasonably workabe instruments. Some were made by people like GS Monroe – beautifully constructed, clear toned, lovely works of art. I own one of Monroe’s 3-string fretted guitars. I can compare it with a similar (construction and price) guitar from another source. The similar guitar is lovely. CS Monroe’s is light years ahead in workmanship and sound (both pure acoustic and amplified). I hope to get a second Monroe instrument very soon. If you can get to the market, Go! Try them out. This is a gem of an artist right here in Lakeland. Don’t miss your opportunity.

  5. indeed !

  6. I have a coffin dulcimer number 26131124. Can you tell me about the instrument? Thanks. Love it’s voice.

    • Can you show me a picture of it?
      Doesn’t sound like one of mine, I don’t use that number format.
      I might be able to identify the maker and possibly age from detailed pictures.

  7. Left you 2 text messages. Met you at bay life car show in may. Im a special Ed. Teacher and i need 14 can guitars for my class. I.valentine

    isabella valentine

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