Terry Burke's skills
as a luthier evolved from a combination of his passion for bluegrass music
and mastery of fine woodworking. He retired from an exciting career
as a firefighter in the District of Columbia and his construction business.
After retirement, he turned his attention to creating fine furniture.
love of bluegrass music grew when his wife gave him a Martin guitar as a
gift. His woodworking interests led him to crafting custom-made guitars.
Terry loves the process of selecting the finest woods and details for his
custom-made guitars. He works with musicians on their preferences for
inlays, designs, and the other components that customize each guitar as an
original that meets their specific needs. Some musicians own more
than one of his creations. Their uniqueness make them great
The quality of his workmanship and attention to detail results in the rich
tones and superior sound of each precision instrument. His
craftsmanship also extends to other stringed
lives with his wife, Peggy, in the pastoral Fort Valley, tucked in the
George Washington Forest in Massanutten Mountain in the Shenandoah Valley
of Virginia. They spend winters in Englewood, Florida, on the Gulf
of Mexico, where he jams with his bluegrass musician friends.