Inspired by the rhythmic flow of Colorado’s rivers.

Nes­tled in the Col­orado foothills, we have been mak­ing acoustic string music for decades. The beau­ty of our loca­tion, near the tail­wa­ter of South Boul­der Creek, inspires us to cre­ate music and the instru­ments we love to play. Our region is famed for acoustic instru­ment build­ing and Tail­wa­ter Instru­ments strives to con­tin­ue in that tradition.

Based on clas­sic designs, expand­ed with the best inno­va­tions in mod­ern instru­ments, our man­dolins are beau­ti­ful, easy play­ing, and sound amazing.

Taking cues from the symphony of nature’s essence.

Our instru­ments com­bine the best mate­ri­als, sourced world­wide. Our woods include Maple, Spruce, and
Ebony from North Amer­i­ca, Europe and Africa. The hard­ware comes from the USA, Japan, Tai­wan, and

Tail­wa­ter instru­ments are designed by our team mem­bers in Boul­der, Col­orado. Our hard­ware selec­tion is guid­ed by our team in Tokyo, Japan. All of our instru­ments are hand-built by our shop luthi­er in Shan­dong, Chi­na, and our cas­es are made by a ded­i­cat­ed team in Guang­dong, Chi­na. Final instru­ment set­up is com­plet­ed in Colorado.

Just as our mate­ri­als come from the best avail­able in each region, our inter­na­tion­al team brings togeth­er all of our strengths to make the best instru­ments from them.