HUSS & DALTON GUITAR COMPANY

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Huss and Dalton Guitar Company, Inc. took root in the fertile soil of the Shenandoah Valley, late in the summer of 1995, when Jeff Huss and Mark Dalton’s friendship and mutual interests inspired them to envision eminently playable, mellifluous, and attractive guitars that were true to their sense of aesthetics and tone. While the luthiers appreciated traditional design, they imagined a guitar that paid homage to tradition and also incorporated improvements to the structure and cosmetics of the distinctly American steel-string guitar.

Jeff Huss left North Dakota for Virginia, in 1984, to pursue his interest in bluegrass and traditional music. It was this interest and a Staunton law firm’s decision to purchase a computer that led him to Stelling Banjo Works where, for nine years, he honed his skills as an instrument maker. While Huss was still working for Stelling, he began building guitars in his home shop.

Native Virginian and equine aficionado Mark Dalton grew up in the South Central part of the state, where his family always enjoyed traditional music in the home and community. He began playing guitar at age 13 and banjo by 18. At a jam session in the early ’90s, he met Jeff Huss. Dalton, with years of experience working with finish processes, was hired by Stelling in 1994 and began his career in instrument building.

During a visit to Huss’s shop that fateful summer, the two began brainstorming ideas that sparked the evolution of Huss & Dalton Guitar Company.

For more, visit hussanddalton.com.


Huss & Dalton's Blog

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May 09, 2017
The songwriter, guitarist, and singer plays an original song from her forthcoming album “Rise.”
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March 20, 2017
The songwriter, guitarist, and singer plays the traditional favorite with John Mailander on fiddle, Hasee Ciaccio on bass, and Wes Corbett on banjo.
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January 16, 2017
The songwriter, guitarist, and singer plays her original song with Sam Grisman on bass and John Mailander on fiddle.
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December 09, 2016
Jeff Huss and Mark Dalton have been hand crafting beautiful guitars for over 20 years. Here's an inside look at their shop.
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November 22, 2016
The Grateful Dead founder, guitarist, and songwriter plays a song from his new solo album “Blue Mountain” on his Huss & Dalton custom MJC guitar.
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August 09, 2016
Mark Dalton talks about Huss & Dalton's building philosophy, their series built with poplar from Monticello, and more. Molly Tuttle joins Mark to demonstrate several guitars.
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July 21, 2016
Huss & Dalton Guitar Company presents The Honey Dewdrops playing an original song on Music City Roots.
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July 21, 2016
Huss & Dalton Guitar Company presents The Honey Dewdrops playing an original song on Music City Roots.
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May 17, 2016
The husband-and-wife duo perform their original song on “A Prairie Home Companion.”
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May 04, 2016
Huss & Dalton Guitar Company shows the process of applying, affixing, and trimming the binding on the guitar body during assembly.
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