About Switchback Guitarworks

My name is Mike Package and I make electric guitars in my small workshop in Southwestern Pennsylvania. My goal is to make guitars that feel like familiar old friends, based on the classic designs that I grew up with. But I make them my way, with my own spin on the details that matter most. 

Mike Package Switchback Guitarworks
Mike Package Switchback Guitarworks

My process

I start with only the best raw materials – I source premium woods from around the country and around the world. Lightweight roasted swamp ash and red alder, insanely beautiful Master Grade roasted flame and birdseye maple. Dark Indian Rosewood and one of my favorites, Pau Ferro, from Brazil and Bolivia. I take those raw materials and mill them on my own CNC,  and shape, sand, and scrape them with my own two hands. My bodies and necks aren’t parts that I buy from other manufacturers. They are mine from beginning to end.

Mike Package in the Workshop
Mike Package in the Workshop
Switchback Guitarworks Sparkle Finish
Switchback Guitarworks Sparkle Finish

I spray nitrocellulose lacquer on the bodies in my own spray booth. I apply a hand-rubbed oil and wax finish to every neck. Every fret, screw, pickguard, and knob gets my own personal attention. And the best part is, you get to come along for the ride via the updates I post about your guitar to social media. You get to see it come to life!

You could own your Switchback guitar for 50 years and you’ll never know every square inch of it quite like I do…

Every little detail matters, from the classic cloth-covered wiring on the inside to the perfectly finished and polished fret ends. From getting the color just right, to choosing the packing materials and printing the shipping labels and sending you the tracking number. I like to say, “You could own your Switchback guitar for 50 years and you’ll never know every square inch of it quite like I do,” because my fingerprints are on every single detail, inside and out.