Mark Berry Guitars - Testimonials

I LOVE MY Mark Berry guitars! I knew Mark was a great guitar builder when I played the third guitar he ever made and I had to have it. I have played a lot of guitars from different makers, European, Asian, and American and there have been those I have coveted but couldn't pry out of the lucky owners hands with money or a crowbar. When you play a guitar that just blows you away you never forget it because the feel and sound stays with you like a memory of a first love. All three of the Mark Berry guitars I own had that initial impact so great that within moments of touching it I knew I had to have it.”

Why are Mark Berry guitars so good? Mark was a master craftsman and wood worker for years before he set his mind to building fine guitars. He is also a player and aficionado of flamenco. Mark began his apprenticeship with renowned guitar builder and teacher Harry Fleishman quickly becoming his best pupil. On his own he went to the source, Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817-1892), to hone his skills and it was his third instrument modeled after Torres design that became my first Mark Berry guitar. Since then he has been experimenting to find his own voice in the flamenco guitar world and has succeeded admirably. Clarity of tone, balance, volume, ease of playing and beautiful craftsmanship are all hallmarks of Mark Berry guitars. I have no problem recommending them to all my colleagues and students who are ready to graduate to a fine handmade instrument.”

— Mark Taylor, Flamenco Guitarist, February 27th 2008

Mark Taylor performs and records on Mark Berry flamenco guitars. Check out the YouTube link on his website at:

Over the past 28+ years, I have owned/played a series of splendid flamenco guitars beginning with a '69 Conde Hermano, a '62 Wooden-pegged Ramirez, a '73 Geronimo Amezcua Reyes, A '79 Arcangel Fernandez and many more. But on September 17th of 2006, I had the great good fortune to purchase Luthier Mark Berry's 17th deep voiced and brilliantly trebled, Esteso-molded Flamenco guitar. The back and sides of this beauty were fashioned from an exquisite black-stained selection of Southern Oregon Mytlewood.”

(Experts speculate that the beautiful markings seen on the back and sides of Luthier Berry's Flamenco may be attributable to a buried Source-Myrtle-log having been first water-saturated and subsequently 'graced' by the presence of a small cup-fungus known as Chlorociboria Aeruginascens. Experts speculate that this 'creative fungus' was used on pine growth, and may have been key to producing the unrivaled sounds realized in Stradivarius Violin construction.)

The resonant voice of this guitar with its German Spruce soundboard is unequaled in warmth and sonority and its fabrication (its Joinery and Rosetta) is as beauteous to behold as a work of wood-craft artistry as it is to passionately caress and pluck and strum. I could barely put her down long enough to write this small tribute. Hats off to Mark Berry!”

— David Jenkins

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