The first Bil Mitchell guitar was born in 1979. That very first guitar began a life long exercise in education, consistancy, expression, and refinement. Bil Mitchell Guitars are created entirely by hand in his workshop in Pennsylvania. What separates his guitars from the rest is his extensive abilities in all aspects of guitar construction from engineering to unique artistic expression. Exceptional tone woods are not all he offers. Six available body sizes, custom neck widths, bridge styles, headstock, and scale lengths create the custom pallette for a rainbow of hand cut mother of pearl, abalone, river pearl, and ivory inlays, designed and executed by Bil himself. If you are ready for something different, honest, and progressive, Bil Mitchell Guitars are waiting for you!
Bil Mitchell, along with Sarah Dieterichs, own and operate the Guitar Parlor. A joint effort of master Luthier Bil Mitchell and repair expert Sarah Dieterichs. We are located in Eastern Pennsylvania on the Delaware River, in the northernmost tip of Bucks County (60+ miles north of Philadelphia). We have more capabilities and experience within our walls then you might expect. Not only do we handcraft Bil Mitchell Custom Guitars, we also perform extensive repairs on all stringed instruments ranging from basic set-ups to complete restorations, with excessive and abundant anal retention! The focus of our business is entirely on our services, which is what makes us so different!
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"the OOO-12 fret cutaway gem you created for me far exceeded my expectations in both sight, sound and playability. You went far beyond the "call of duty" on this masterpiece.Thanks for your patience and guidance through the guitar build as, I know, I gave you a complicated guitar to build. As proud of the skills that you possess to produce such a masterpiece, I might be just as proud to say I own a Custom Bil Mitchell Guitar. It was worth the wait."-Ken Hagedorn-N.J.
I was jamming with my guitar last night and thinking "holy cow this thing is amazing."  The balance of a nice cut through the mix with the sustained woody/earthy tone is superb.  I'm getting excited to start playing out more this summer with it.   The comments people have already made about it when playing are a tribute to the great workmanship that went into it, so I wanted to say thanks again for a beautiful guitar which really hit the sound I was looking for. I REALLY love the look of that turquoise against the almost white Adirondack top... and the binding... whew.  I know that not everyone these days takes the time to do things 110%, but I'm thankful that you do.  OK - I'm just going to stop (I could go on for a while if you havn't noticed).  I hope you get to keep making amazing guitars and that people will continue to support your artistic talent for a long time.Thanks again!-Adam Brittain- PA.
I am excited that this project has reached its culmination in the creation of such a wonderful instrument, but with the same breath, I regret the end of the process in talking with you and sharing my ideas. This has been one of the most pleasant and memorable experiences in my life and I thank you for making it so. Dave Maynard.-Utah.
I have played guitar since 1960 and owned many different instruments; Gibson, Martin, Breedlove, Robertson and LoPrinzi to name a few. I have never experienced the combination of impeccable workmanship, beautiful woods, easy playability and great tone as I have with both my cherry and maple Homegrowns. What can I say? Anyone I meet that wants a great small body guitar I will tell them to check out the folks at the Guitar Parlor. Thanks for making me a pair of awesome instruments!-Ron Harkov-Princeton, NJ
One day, while looking for a special guitar I stopped in at Bucks county folk music shop where I played several nice, high end guitars, Karl finally handed me a guitar you built. This was a guitar that actually sang! And the way it played was a joy, the guitar felt like it played itself. I continued my search when I realized that every other guitar I played was being compared to yours, your guitar became the touchstone of everything I played. I went back and purchased the guitar and have not regretted it for a moment! With your guitar there is a certain "old world" craftsmanship that is evident in the perfect joints, in the finish, in the inlays, in everything. The guitar is exquisite to look at, wonderful to listen to, and a joy to play! Steve Begley-NJ.
Bil, Thanks again for the beatiful guitar!-Ron Konkle-PA.
Elvis on Earth---255 lbs.