About Us

Vinciguerra Custom Shop Guitars 

Founded in 1994 by Luthier Mark Vinciguerra.
Mark's dream was to see his custom bass and guitar 
designs become a reality. Being a player from a very 
young age, Mark became his first and most 
demanding customer! The first design to become 
reality was the Archer bass. It was field tested in the 
studio and on the stage by Mark and tweaked to the
bass it is today. The second design was the Treader 
guitar, co-designed with professional Nashville 
player and VCS Endorsing Artist, Chance Chameron 
James. Chance unfortunatly passed away in 2014, he will
be missed by us here very much. He was a true champion
for Mark as a friend, a prayer warrior and for the VCS
brand of guitars!

20 years later Mark has expanded his designs to 7 bass styles and 5 guitar styles. Althou still utilizing the hand building techniques Mark has developed over his lifetime, he has spent the last several years training in the art of CAD designing and CNC implementation of his designs. It has been a very slow process because Mark is still his most demanding customer........ "They have got to feel right". Often thru this learning curve into CNC technology, Mark will take a completly CNC carved neck and bring it to the old school shaper to get it closer to what feels right, then hand carve the rest......... Then it's back to the CAD program to adjust for the next one. When asking Mark if the CNC will ever give him exactly what his hands want to feel, he replies " I won't know that until it happens...... But until then, we'll keep tweaking!"

The Team

  1. Mark Vinciguerra
    Mark Vinciguerra
    Mark is the founder of the company and is the head designer. All instruments must meet his exacting standard before they can leave the shop!
  2. Deborah Vinciguerra
    Deborah Vinciguerra
    Creative Director/Designer
    Mark's wife Deborah has been an inspiration and sounding board for his designs for more than 20 years, so she decided to use her tasteful artistic eye to keep the designs flowing smoothly in the shop, and to fuss at Mark when he doesn't clean up around the shop!!
  3. Charles McClain
    Charles McClain
    Charles is a drummer, but we thought since he was Mark's brother we would let him mess with the guitars too!! Formerly an electrician by trade, he keeps everything in the shop purring and safe from shock hazards!!