Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Fletcher Brock grew up in an artistic and musical environment. After high school, he moved to Providence, RI and took a job as an apprentice to luthier Michael Allison. It was during this time that Fletcher's passion for acoustic instruments began. Working on both vintage instruments and cutting mother of pearl and abalone inlay for Allison’s ornate banjos provided him with the perfect opportunity to study in detail the inner workings of these beautiful instruments of yesteryear, and the many musical styles played on them. It was at that time working between projects in the shop, that he built and sold his first mandolin, a copy of a Martin ”A” model.

In 1979 Fletcher relocated to the west coast where he split his time between the Rocky Mountains of Ketchum, ID and the maritime environs of Seattle, WA where he perused various forms of fine woodworking from restoring classic wooden yachts to building furniture and architectural interiors along with continuing his work as a luthier, building a limited number of instruments.

He now resides full time in Seattle, WA where he lives with his wife and cat on a vintage 35’ English cutter. The shop is just down the dock and up three flights of stairs in the former sail loft and lofting area of the historic Jensen Motor Boat Company. It has been a working yard since 1927 and is famous for designing the Slomo hydroplanes that dominated Gold Cup during the 1950’s. Surrounded by the water that he loves and in this wonderful historic environment is where Fletcher makes his individually crafted instruments today.

Fletchers' primary focus is building archtop style acoustic instruments, particularly the mandolin family, (mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin and mandocello) as well as archtop guitars. Building in small batches or singularly, doing each aspect of design, construction, and finishing is a deeply personal and satisfying process. Fletcher also enjoys designing and building specialty “one off” instruments to the specifications of individual customers, which occasionally become part of the permanent line up, like his new Selmer style octave mandolin. Besides these instruments, Fletcher also build citterns and bouzoukis as well as a jumbo flat top guitar called the “Gordita”.

Having spent the better part of his life playing many of these instruments, and as a luthier/musician Fletcher has gained great insight into sound, playability and durable construction techniques. With 25 years of on stage testing and an abundance of valuable feedback from all types of players his instruments are the culmination of years of refinements and continued learning. The music they produce continue to inspire Fletcher's career today both as a luthier and musician.

Please visit the gallery to see the some of the more recent instruments and their construction process.

Thank you for your interest.

Fletcher Brock Stringed Instruments

Fletcher Brock Stringed Instruments   1417 N.E. Boat Street   Seattle, WA 98105   Phone: 206-547-2168

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Fletcher Brock Stringed Instruments   1417 N.E. Boat Street   Seattle, WA 98105