Huss and Dalton Guitar Company, Inc., began in late summer 1995 when Jeff Huss and Mark Dalton had the idea to build the guitar they wanted to play. While appreciating the traditional design, both had a vision of a guitar that paid homage to tradition while incorporating improvements in the structural design and cosmetics of the steel-string guitar. Jeff Huss moved from North Dakota to Virginia in 1984 to pursue an interest in bluegrass and traditional music. This interest led him to Stelling Banjo Works where, for nine years, he honed his craft of instrument building. Shortly after leaving Stelling, he began building guitars in his home shop. Mark Dalton hails from South Central Virginia where his family has long enjoyed traditional music in the home and community. He began playing guitar at age 13 and banjo by 18. It was at a jam session in the early ‘90’s that he first met Jeff Huss. Mark became employed by Stelling in 1994 and began his career in instrument building. On a visit to Jeff’s shop in the summer of 1995, the two began formulating ideas that led to the creation of Huss and Dalton Guitar Company, Inc.