Heritage Guitars Label1
1976 Heritage Guitar Works Label
Each Handmade

Heritage Guitars Label1
1976 John S. Kinnard Label
Handmade for Each Instrument

Finegold Guitar Label
1996 Finegold Guitars and Mandolins
Used on all Mandolin Models

John S. Kinnard Label
1997 John S. Kinnard Luthier
Used on all Dell' Arte Flattops

Dell' Arte Label
1999 Dell' Arte Instruments

About John S. Kinnard

John S. Kinnard in San Francisco
John S. Kinnard
Photo Courtesy of Robert Scheid

John S. Kinnard is the Master Luthier and General Partner of Dell' Arte Instruments.

John grew up in the sixties in San Diego's north county, and at that time, California was an especially fertile environment for those with a creative spirit. As a young man, John began playing the guitar, writing his own songs, and he often hitchhicked up and down the West coast with a guitar on his back and little change in his pockets. It was during this time that John also first began building stringed instruments.

Later in the seventies, John and his then business partner, Peter Webster, owned Heritage Guitar Works, located in Clovis, CA. While there, John began restoring vintage stringed instruments.

John took a sabbatical from guitar making & repairs during the late 1980's and became involved in the jewelry business. John credits that time spent fabricating jewelry and cutting precious stones as helping to further hone his guitar making skills.

For a period of 4 years in the early 1990's, John went to work for Taylor Guitars applying his knowledge and skills in the body department. In his quest of more artistic freedom, John opened a small shop in 1996 under the name of Finegold Guitars and Mandolins where he produced Guitars under both the Finegold Guitar Label as well as his own, John S. Kinnard Label.

In 1998, John met Alain Cola, who at the time, was producing Selmer/Maccaferri guitars and other instruments manufactured in Mexico under the Dell' Arte Instruments brand. Alain, in need of better workmanship for his guitars, and a more solid base for his business, created a partnership with John Kinnard where by they joined forces in October of 1998 and began operating solely under the Dell' Arte Instruments brand. They quickly attracted an international following and today, Dell' Arte is well known as one of the premier manufacturers of Gypsy Jazz guitars.

Dell Arte Owners
Alain Cola & John S. Kinnard
Photo Courtesy of Dell' Arte Instruments

From October 1998 to December 2006, Dell' Arte instruments were manufactured in Santee, California, U.S.A. with all Mexican manufacturing stopped as of May of 1999.

In early 2007, John opened his own production facility in Fallbrook, California where he continues to produce the Dell 'Arte brand guitars along with his own John S. Kinnard Instruments brand.

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