About the Builder | Biography

Berkowitz Guitars are designed and built by luthier David D. Berkowitz in his workshop in the Washington, DC neighborhood of Eastern Market on Capitol Hill.

Berkowitz's interest in building guitars came early, at the age of four, and was fostered by his discovery of the works of David Russell Young and Irving Sloane, both of whom wrote the early modern treatises on guitar making in the 1970s.

In 1985, Berkowitz attended the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie. Berkowitz continued his lutherie education on his own, attending seminars at the American School of Lutherie, and most recently with Master Luthier Ervin Somogyi.

Berkowitz began building professionally in 1993 and continues to build fine acoustic guitars, baritones, and acoustic basses for the professional musician. Berkowitz is a member of the Guild of American Luthiers and ASIA – The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans.