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The Relaunch of Daley Guitars!

Daley Instruments has begun to focus on guitars that feature Sim's secret wood aging process that has been successful on his mandolins.

Currently Sim is making two models, SD-18 with Mahogany back and sides and SD-28 with Rosewood back and sides.
Both guitars feature:
• Adirondack (red) spruce top
• Forward shifted scalloped Sitka X-bracing
• Daley wood aging process
• Tortoise binding.
• Mahogany truss-rod re-enforced
• 1-11/16 neck width @ nut.
• "Speed neck" finish.
• Two way adjustable truss-rod.
• Ebony fingerboard.
• Ebony "through saddle" bridge.
• Ebony bridge pins & end pin.
• Nickel Waverley tuners.
• Turtle Works pick guard.
• Hard shell case.
More Coming Soon


Daley Fine Hand Crafted Guitars and Mandolins
For over a decade Sim Daley has worked on some of the finest instruments for some of the finest musicians. The knowledge gained from working with such players as
Adam Steffey
, Dan Tyminski,

Sam Bush
, Ronnie McCoury,
Roland White
Aubrey Haynie, not to mention considerable time spent studying the Loar period F-5's, led Sim to open his own shop and build the
finest guitars and mandolins available today!

Brad DavisBrad Davis Endorses Daley Guitars
Brad playing his Daley Sd-28



Daley Mandolins are now solely distributed
through Morgan Music of Lebanon, MO.
Contact Alvin Deskins (800) 869-5559 www.morganmusic.com

Guitars are still available through Daley Instruments.


For Sale Daley distressed Classic F Built in honor of "Hoss", Sam Bush's 1930's Gibson F-5 mandolin.

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New and Used Instruments for sale

Adam Steffey's "Distressed" F-5


Mike Anglin with Custom Daley Electric Bass
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Mike Anglin's Custom Daley Electric Bass Built to Mike's requirements, like being short scale to fit in a guitar gig bag to allow it to fit in the over hear bins on aircraft. Mike wanted a 5 string electric bass with a maple body contoured for comfort. The maple was so figured, Mike wanted a nice bright colour to show off the grain so we went with red.



Sim will be featured in the upcoming “Porchlight Sessions” documentary which investigates American music culture with a fresh perspective through musicians, radio and impromptu conversations with artists and the fans that follow them. Sim is feathered in his role as a Luthier, instrument repairman & musician. He tells how he came to the US & became a world renown mandolin builder and one of the “go to” repairmen in Nashville, TN.
The documentary is reported to be airing to 26 million people & is sponsored by the documentary channel. There are plans to debut the documentary at the Cannes International film festival as well as the Sundance film festival.
We’ll keep you all posted as to when it hit the stores!

teaser/trailer from Porchlight Sessions on Vimeo.



Sim Daley with Mike Snider on the Grand Ole OprySim Fulfills a Life Long Dream... To play The Grand Ole Opry!

Sim holds down the mandolin duties with
The Mike Snider Band
on the Stage of The Grand Ole Opry!

Wait... wrong band, and wrong instrument, Sim. Oh well, you made it just the same!



Dan Tyminski13-time Grammy winner Dan Tyminski plays a Daley F-5 Classic.
Dan stepped ever more deeply into the popular conscience as the singing voice of George Clooney in the Coen Brothers’ Odyssean farce,
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?".
We are proud that Dan chose A Daley Mandolin!



Adam Steffey Distressed Classic
design and hosted by Ron Ault
Adam Steffey's "Distressed" F-5