About Us

Arches Musical Instrument Co. was founded in 2003 by Chris Baird in Moab, Utah.

Moab is the home of world renown Arches National Park. Hence the namesake of the business.

Chris started building mandolins with nothing more than a few hand tools and a hand-held electric drill.  Sides were bent over a hot pipe strapped to a wood burning stove, archtop plates were carved by hand with gouges and planes, stock was sawn by hand, thicknessed, and shaped by hand. The first 30 mandolins were built this way, one at a time, perhaps 7 or 8 instruments per year.

Business began picking up and orders began to come in faster than instruments could be made. So Arches Musical Instrument Co. began to grow – new, more modern machines and processes were developed to meet the demand.

Ten years and nearly 300 instruments later Arches Musical Instrument Co. is still growing. Our mission through the years has always been to provide the absolute highest quality instruments possible at the best value for our customers.  As our mandolins are meant to be passed down through the generations our instruments carry a lifetime warranty.

We’ve recently launched a line of luthier supplies, kits, and services.  Please check out our website and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Sincerely, Chris Baird

Owner, Arches Musical Instrument

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