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Michael MillardIn 1970, while the shop foreman at Gurian Guitars, Michael MIllard built his first guitar in his apartment on New York’s Lower East Side. The guitar’s sides were bent on the traditional “hot pipe” – in his kitchen. Froggy Bottom Guitars was born.

As we now celebrate 47 years of Froggy Bottom Guitars, Michael and his partners have built something on the order of 5,000 different guitars, each crafted for a specific client or player. Froggy Bottom Guitars’ talented team of craftsmen now includes Andy Mueller, Eric Goodenough, Larry Sweeney of Squeakswe Finishes, and Chris Bavaria of Bavaria Finishing. Led by Michael, Froggy Bottom Guitars custom builds instruments one at a time in their central Vermont workshop for amateur and professional musicians and a few authorized dealers.

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Our instrument making is unique in many ways. Every element of our building methodology is designed to allow us maximum flexibility to vary each and every component of each instrument. In functional terms, this allows us to respond fully to to the needs of our players. There is nothing generic; no stock answers. This approach limits the number of guitars we can produce, but the results are worth it. Guitars are tools for personal artistic expression, and because people and players vary widely, their instruments should vary widely, as well. Disinterested in generic instruments, we take to heart the opportunity to build YOUR guitar – the instrument of your hopes and dreams.

At Froggy Bottom, it is our mission and our privilege to translate musicians’ understandings of what they need and desire in an instrument into the very physical world of wood and strings.

Michael MIllardIn order to design and build an instrument that meets and exceeds a player’s hopes and expectations, we ask lots of questions. And we listen very carefully. Working directly with a player, we build a guitar that individual may have been envisioning and refining for years and only imagined. Guitars don’t lie. When all is said and done, our guitars – and their owners – speak for themselves. Ask the person who has worked with us to build their guitar. We do not advertise the names of our clients, either world-famous or unknown. Your guitar is about your needs and no one else’s.

Froggy Bottom Guitars are built to order for individual players, OR sold through a very small selection of the world’s finest guitar shops. We are grateful for their work, trust, and support.

Visit us at FroggyBottomGuitars.com.

Froggy Bottom Guitars's Blog
 

Froggy Bottom C Deluxe

A 12-fret 00 with a contemporary feel.

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Froggy Bottom H12 Deluxe

A 12-fret 000 built with figured koa back and sides.

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Trifolium: “Sanctuary” | Muleskinner Instruments

Froggy Bottom luthier and Muleskinner Instruments founder Andy Mueller plays a Muleskinner octave mandolin with his trio.

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Froggy Bottom Guitars | 5A Koa Model M

Scott Ainslie plays "Coleman's March" in Open C tuning on a beautiful Froggy Bottom.

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Froggy Bottom G Deluxe

A thunderous sounding maple jumbo.

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Froggy Bottom K Deluxe

A versatile small jumbo built with Adirondack spruce and figured mahogany.

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Benjamin Scheuer | “Weather the Storm” | Froggy Bottom Guitars

Songwriter Benjamin Scheuer plays an original song from his award-winning one-man, six-guitar show, THE LION.

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Ethan Setiawan: “Josie-O” | Win a Muleskinner Mandolin

The mandolinist from the band Corner House plays a beautiful Muleskinner Instruments A-style mandolin, which you can win in a raffle for the Chandler Center for the Arts.

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Froggy Bottom S-12 LTD Koa

A 12-fret dreadnought built with stunning koa.

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Froggy Bottom Guitars | Model G Jumbo

Scott Ainslie plays a Lonnie Johnson tune on a beautiful maple jumbo guitar from Froggy Bottom.

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Froggy Bottom Guitars | 2019 Brazilian Featured Model K

Scott Ainslie plays a beautiful Froggy Bottom Model K built with Brazilian rosewood and Adirondack spruce.

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Froggy Bottom Model K

Scott Ainslie demonstrates his Brazilian rosewood small jumbo.

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Froggy Bottom Guitars | “Avalon Blues” | Limited Grade H-12

Scott Ainslie plays a Mississippi John Hurt classic on a beautiful 12-fret built with Koa back and sides and a Sitka spruce top.

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Froggy Bottom Guitars | Will Ackerman Signature Model

Will Ackerman plays “The Impending Death of the Virgin Spirit” on his signature model guitar built by his friend, luthier Michael Millard.

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Froggy Bottom SJ

A custom slope-shoulder dreadnought built with premium koa and Adirondack spruce.

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Froggy Bottom Limited Grade Model C

Scott Ainslie plays a beautiful version of “You Don't Know What Love Is” on a custom parlor guitar from Froggy Bottom Guitars.

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Froggy Bottom Featured Guitar | D14

Scott Ainslie plays “Midnight on the Water” on a beautiful Froggy Bottom DeLuxe Grade D14 dreadnought with East Indian rosewood and Adirondack spruce.

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Froggy Bottom Old-Growth Brazilian Model M

Scott Ainslie plays “The One Dime Blues” on a stunning Froggy Bottom Model M with 1920s Brazilian rosewood and Greman spruce harvested in 1876.

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Froggy Bottom Model K

The custom Froggy Bottom Model K acoustic guitar is a beautiful cutaway small-jumbo built with Indian rosewood and Adirondack spruce.

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Benjamin Scheuer | “Golden Castle Town”

Songwriter Benjamin Scheuer plays the latest single from his album “Songs From The LION” on his Froggy Bottom H12.

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Froggy Bottom Guitars Limited Series | North American Guitar, London

An overview of Froggy Bottom Guitars’ Limited series from North American Guitars’ Michael Watts.

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Benjamin Scheuer | Froggy Bottom K14

Songwriter Benjamin Scheuer shows the Froggy Bottom K14 he plays in his hit one-man show, THE LION, and on the album “Songs From THE LION”

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Benjamin Scheuer | Froggy Bottom H12

Songwriter Benjamin Scheuer shows the Froggy Bottom H12 he plays in his hit one-man show, THE LION.

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Froggy Bottom F12 | “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”

The guitarist Scott Ainslie plays his arrangement of the popular 1930’s song on a Froggy Bottom 12-fret F model guitar.

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Benjamin Scheuer | “Golden Castle Town”

Songwriter Benjamin Scheuer plays an original song from his award winning one-man, six-guitar show, THE LION.

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Froggy Bottom H-12 | “Hard Times”

The guitarist and songwriter Scott Ainslie plays his arrangement of the Stephen Foster hit on a special Froggy Bottom H-12 guitar.

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Benjamin Scheuer | “Weather the Storm”

Songwriter Benjamin Scheuer plays an original song from his award winning one-man, six-guitar show, THE LION, during a visit with Charlie Rose.

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David Surette Live at Froggy Bottom Night

Four tunes from David Surette's set during a concert celebrating the artistry of Froggy Bottom Guitars.

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Froggy Bottom Will Ackerman Signature Model K

Guitarist Will Ackerman sees and plays his Froggy Bottom Signature Model for the first time.

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    ● Vintage Vault
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    ● Repertoire
 
 
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    ● In The Studio
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