Froggy Bottom Players' Gallery
We LOVE to hear from Froggy Bottom players, and to share your photos and stories here.
There’s also a lot of sharing that happens at the Froggy Bottom Facebook Group Page. You can request to join the group.
Starting a new site, here are some of the original pix! We welcome new ones – send your photo and your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zeeshan Khan – M
I am a brand new owner of a lefty Froggy M Deluxe with tobacco burst. I have worked tremendously hard to finally own one; like REALLY hard. I could not be happier and
Stuart – M
My name is Stuart Ryan, I am a professional fingerstyle guitarist from the UK and the acoustic guitar columnist for Guitar Techniques magazine. I recently had the good fortune to buy a model
Bat – P12
Two most wonderful events occurred in my life this year: Induction into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame – and receiving my custom made Brazilian P-12 Froggy Bottom. Bat McGrath May 2013
Terry Lee Hale – 2nd Frog
“This is the 2nd Froggy Bottom I’ve owned. I’ve never played another guitar that plays so well or fits my style and personality so perfectly as this beautiful mahogany steel stringed instrument. Rugged
Hans and Christoph – F14 and K
What’s better than a Froggy Bottom Guitar? Only two!! Hans and Christoph Andersson enjoying their guitars: a 1993 F14 in vintage 1876 German spruce over dark koa and a 2017 K in Adirondack
Greg – H12
I’ve been enjoying my Froggy H-12 for about 5 years now. My Frog is never far from the water:) Thanks for the quality effort! Greg Jolliffe January 2018
Leo – SJ and M
3 weeks ago I purchased the M Deluxe Cocobolo (on the right) and I was so impressed with the tone and perfection on the guitar that I decided to sell all my other
Caleb’s dad’s 1977 H14
My father Michael Smallwood played in the band The Heard, a Maine based group from the 1960s. When he had given up playing with the group in the 70s he decided to get
Walid – H14 – cocobolo
Over a year ago, I was fortunate to find one of your beautiful guitars online, a lovely H14 in cocobolo. It was shipped to me in Miami, as I was visiting, but arrived
Christoph – H12
I couldn’t resist buying a second Froggy Bottom. This wonderful H-12 sounds excellent, looks gorgeous, and is extraordinarily great to play. For me Froggy Bottoms are still the best steel string guitars in
Mark – C
I recently took my Frog to a gathering of folk musicians, and heads turned when the tone of this gorgeous instrument was heard. I’m still in awe of this magnificent guitar after nearly
Paul – K – Walnut
I had the good fortune of finding my way to Michael and Froggy Bottom. Here is a picture of me playing my brand new Froggy K made with the most beautiful set of
John – K
Here’s a pic of the Froggy you built for me. As you can see, it’s beautiful voice is being heard in some picturesque, vacation-like venues. I see my friend Sal’s pic is there
I was dreaming about a D-18, but didn’t think I could afford one. While in Dusty Strings down the hill from my apartment in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, I spotted a November ’95-made Froggy
Stephen – M
I am delighted with my recent purchase of the Froggy Bottom M model, it is everything thing I hoped it would be. The clarity and articulation is amazing and it sounds more musical
Terry Lee Hale – F14 12 string
I’ve been playing a Froggy Bottom 6-string since the mid 70’s. I’m on my second one now. Everything I am as a guitarist and a songwriter is connected and passes straight through the
Benjamin – H12
Hello from Scotland, from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the biggest theatre festival in the world. I’m performing my new one-man show, “The Bridge,” and my main instrument is a H12 Froggy Bottom. The
Christoph – H14
Fortunately Tommy`s Guitar Lounge is bringing these extraordinary instruments to Germany. My Froggy Bottom H-14 is a wonderful guitar. But our wooden froggy is a little bit jealous of our new family member.
Back in 2004 My wife and I stopped at Maple Leaf Music to look at some guitars. One of the reasons was to try a froggy. Kate was there and let me try
FBG in Stained Glass!
I contacted you a year ago after returning from the Spartanburg guitar show with your Sept 2001 built H12 Std, SN H694 that I bought from Tommy Allen. You were very quick and
Myles – SJ
We are now back in New Zealand after a wonderful 4 weeks in the US. The guitar was waiting for me unopened when we arrived at Deer Lake Spokane on the 22nd August.
Leda – C
Here’s a photo of me playing my Froggy C, which I adore. There are so many men in the gallery that I decided to send this on, even though I’m completely camera-shy. Thanks
Tim – M
We were at Madison Music, in Madison Wi, one Saturday afternoon in 2008. Our friend Mike Turk, said, “I have a guitar that I REALLY think you should try. Every time I look
Dave – H12
This new and unique feeling of intimacy with the Froggy is seductively whole. It’s like a well-fitted handle on making my music. The feeling in both hands while playing is easier than any
This is me with that GREAT axe you built for me back in 1993. Bruce Paterson May 2011
Jeff – D
This is my 1997 D Deluxe. This guitar was built as a display model for the NAMM show in California. Michael drop shipped the guitar to me from the show. From 97 until
Bill – F14
I live in Tokyo, and a few years ago I took a chance and ordered a guitar, sight unseen, by a famous maker. When I got it, I just couldn’t get on with
Tom – M
I just received my Koa model M, and here it is. I’ve been playing 46 years, and have been dreaming of my ultimate guitar for a good while. This promises to be the
Bat – L
Yes, I’m on here twice…but I’m not playing favorites. One Froggy Bottom is simply not enough. I’ve always been crazy about little guitars, albeit there was a trade off in sound quality. Wrong.
I recently had some photos taken and thought I’d send one of me with my wonderful Froggy Bottom guitar. Thanks for a great sounding instrument. Tim followed up with some more details about
Matthew – H12
I have played songs for my daughter Penny since day one. She loves music. I am in the process of buying an SJ Deluxe with her birth month and year on the label.
Al – K?
The other day I went on your website for the first time in a while. I saw a photo of me playing the second of the guitars you built me. My daughter is
Mike – D14
Model D — in this case, D is for Daughter!
Charles – A12 and K
Froggy Bottom A-12: walnut, Adirondack., with Sloan 3-on-plate tuners, thistle on heelcap Froggy Bottom custom K: Brazilian, Adirondack, koa binding, slothead No. K-1176, iris on heelcap Surprising thing is, as different as these
Bobby – M cutaway
In 2007, I went to NYC to pick up a guitar, which was already paid. It was waiting for me in my hotel room. I was disappointed and returned the guitar. The problem
Rick Skeens, with Eric, Andy and Michael
Eric – H14
In 1971, after saving money from teaching lessons to kids, I bought my first and only pro acoustic — a Martin D-35. But then, in 2009 I started accompanying my wife, who is
I have had my ‘Frog’ for over a year and am just getting around to sending you a photo. I have enjoyed this guitar so much. I was vacationing in Oregon and stopped
Rob – Model
Rob’s Froggy… July 2013
Jack – Model M
This is the finest guitar I have ever played, a Model M built by Michael and Andy in 2005. Jack MacKay
Fran – Model H14- Lefty
Just wanted to express how honored I am to now have this beautiful lefty H-14. It is the finest tool for making music that I have ever encountered. Somehow in something so beautiful
Karsten – Model K
I am Karsten from Berlin, Germany, I bought my Froggy K in Viersen, Germany in 2008, the guiatr was built in 2007. It is not so easy to find Froggy Bottom guitars in
François – Parlor Model
I just purchased in Paris a 2003 Parlor and I’m happy to send you some pictures of me and my new wonderful guitar. She sounds very well and clear! Thank you for your
Resnik – Model L
This is the guitar that was the prototype for the Froggy Bottom Model L. (You can read the story on the Model L page.) “Quite honestly, I’ve never owned a guitar that sounds
Salvatore – Model
I have had my froggy for over 5 years and I’m still loving it. Salvatore
Alex and Dennis – 2 Model Ms
Guitar playing has always been a hobby that has brought my father and I closer together.
In college, we both grew up on a Martin, but now we play together with our pair of Froggy Bottom rosewood M-bodies. This photo was taken at the family cabin on the Rock River in Wisconsin–a favorite place to sit by the fire and strum…
Alex & Dennis
Bat – H12
I guess you can tell I’m hanging on to this one! It’s a Mahogany/Adirondack H-12. After 40 plus years of playing/writing I have found the perfect guitar for me. Rather than string adjectives to describe the sound I’ll just call it honest. It’s clear and balanced and plays like a dream. The guitar is so responsive I can feel it in my chest when I play and the songs seem to pour out of it.
Thank you Michael Millard & team!
Karen – Model J
This is my 1975 Jumbo: a Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, 100 year old Sitka Spruce top, Herringbone purfling on sides and around sound hole, a lilypad abalone inlay on fingerboard and Maple Heel Graft. The Jumbo is extremely balanced and responsive. It has a clear true tone and is great for most any of the playing I do.
Vince – Model M
2002 Froggy M Standard Hard to believe it has been 8 years but how times flies when you’re in love! The Froggy M Standard that I purchased back in 2002 was the first