About Us


As a guitar player for two decades I have always been intrigued by the best instruments I could find (and afford).  I’d heard Brazilian rosewood offered the best tone and sound transmission but when I looked for guitars made with such a limited wood, I found them to be prohibitively expensive.  In talking with my father I learned that a cousin of mine, Lawrence Massaro built guitars for 20 years in retirement.  After visiting my cousin, purchasing one of his handmade guitars, I was instantly intrigued with the idea of building my own guitars.


I purchased Chris Wynn’s Master Class in Acoustic Guitar building video, Larry Robinson’s inlay videos, and plenty of books and started building.  I found guitar making to be an enjoyable hobby which had an interesting mix of artistic expression and science.


As a scientist for 20 years at the University of California, Irvine, I was intrigued with the physics of sound and modern guitar engineering theory.  I believe that combining classic design patterns based on centuries of luthier experience with modern guitar engineering theory one could produce some fantastic instruments.


I incorporate many voicing methods and design principles to create instruments with exquisite tone balance and volume.  I spare no expense on the choice of wood, quality of components, and time spent on making sure the instrument sounds wonderful.  My unique inlays and styling are just icing on the acoustic cake.


All of my guitars come with a full picture archive of the custom building process, a certificate of the authentic, handmade guitar in the USA, and the best humidity controlled case available.  If you are local, I invite you to participate in the custom shaping of your guitar neck by visiting during the shaping to custom tailor the neck shape to your hand.


DKOC Guitars
5405 Alton Pkwy, Suite 5A, #704
Irvine, CA. 92605
email: info@dkocguitars.com