Joe has been building and repairing for three decades, originally building guitars and mandolins. He has become well known as a repairman in the St. Louis, MO region and has interviewed numerous mandolin and ukulele builders for Mel Bay’s mandolinsessions.com and ukesessions.com.
The last several years have found Joe designing and building octave mandolins, open back banjos, ukuleles, and acoustic guitars. Possessing great respect for tradition, an eye to the future, a willingness to try alternative woods and materials, a keen eye and ear for pleasing wood combinations, Joe is crafting instruments that combine excellent sound and playability with simple elegance.
Mendel’s Fretted Instruments
14648 Laketrails Court, Chesterfield, MO 63017