Based in Chelsea, Vermont, Froggy Bottom Guitars custom builds instruments for amateur and professional musicians, and a few authorized dealers. The guitars are built by a talented team of craftsmen led by the founder of the business, Michael Millard.

The bookkeeping; website design, maintenance and writing; photography and graphics for online and print use are all accomplished by independent professionals who are also friends of the Froggy Bottom family.

Glenn Carson

Glenn is our engraving artist, working in Mother of Pearl. A banjo builder blog did a nice profile of Glenn and his work, with a video. Glenn’s son did a tribute:

Meg McCarthy

Meg McCarthy

Meg took a convoluted course from a fine arts major through teaching and public policy research before landing in graphic design, and finally studying Web design at Marlboro College Graduate School. These days the bulk of her work is in Web design, but she loves the opportunity for print work, like the print ads for …

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Barb Ackemann, Web Developer

Founder of Iris Lines Designs, Barb wrote her first computer programs by making holes in cardboard punch cards in the 1970s. She spent twenty-eight years as a classroom teacher, librarian and computer maven in educational settings, and earned her Masters in Internet Technologies from Marlboro College Graduate School in 2006.

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Scott Ainslie, Musician & Website Editor

You may have seen Scott cradling Froggy Bottom Guitars in various print ads, or heard his music on XM radio’s Bluesville. Scott’s a working musician and author of a book and instructional DVD on the music of Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson and has five Cds to his name.

Mark Burds-Masera

Originally from Central Massachusetts, Mark moved to Chelsea, Vermont as a young teenager. At the same time he began listening to the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Norman Blake, and Tony Rice and quickly fell in love with the acoustic guitar. While working at a local hardware store at the age of 15, he met …

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Chris Bavaria

After High School, Chris attended the Berklee College of Music for a two year certificate in Guitar Performance. Returning to Maryland, Chris contacted Paul Reed Smith for a job building guitars at his fledgling factory in Annapolis. He also began working with an extensive array of bands and musicians over the years which continues to …

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