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Welcome to G.S.Monroe Folk Instruments

Source of the “Green Swamp Mojo”

My work, I’m told “Has the Mojo”. As the Ancient Artisans of old, I pay my way with my craft. I’m a Luthier,  one who makes stringed instruments. – G.S.Monroe

           

Customer Reviews

In days past there were differences in the folk instruments that were made. Some were made by people like me – rough but reasonably workable 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. – A johnson
 “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
“GS Monroe made me a beautiful cigar box guitar. Before he made it he asked me a lot of relevant questions as to my preferences. When he found out my go to guitar was a 12 string, he suggested three paired strings. This gave the guitar more voice unplugged and a unique sound plugged in to an amp. The work and artistry that went in to this guitar make it a truly beautiful piece that is heirloom quality. Looking forward to the next one I buy from him!” –  Gary T. Cooper

Product Information

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Green Swamp Gitfiddle
        Cypress Ukulele   Swamp Mando
Olde Timer Banjo

Award Winning Acoustic Cigar Box Guitars

Appalachian Gitfiddle

Mountain Dulcimer

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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 !

  2. 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.

  3. I was very impressed with the instruments I saw recently at the Lakeland Saturday morning show and regrettably didn’t buy one at the time. With your website currently down, how should I best go about it? Are they available anywhere close to the Tampa Bay area?
    Thanks, Patricia

    1. I’m in the process of upgrading and revising this website to include music tabs, instructional videos, and a storefront with a check out.
      Currently I have Ebay and Etsy online and my booth in downtown Lakeland

  4. GS Monroe made me a beautiful cigar box guitar. Before he made it he asked me a lot of relevant questions as to my preferences. When he found out my go to guitar was a 12 string, he suggested three paired strings. This gave the guitar more voice unplugged and a unique sound plugged in to an amp. The work and artistry that went in to this guitar make it a truly beautiful piece that is heirloom quality. Looking forward to the next one I buy from him!

  5. i had a restoration project of two instruments, a banjolele and a tenor banjo ,both instruments are between 75 and 100 years old and after seeing Greg’s work and talking with him I knew i had the right Luthier for this project.
    Not only did he do the restoration ,he did it in a timely manor and also very affordable and more than met my expectations .

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