Beautiful & Unusual Classical Guitars - Episode 4: 'Newark' Christian Koehn

 A fabulous front view of the Newark 2016 model.

A fabulous front view of the Newark 2016 model.

Introduction

Christian Koehn - a luthier from Germany has been making guitars professionally since he graduated at the top of the International Guitar Making School course in 2006 in Newark at the Newark College. Interestingly, the guitar featured in this article is named after the college and area that offers the guitar making course. Koehn was the recipient of the prestigious Ashley Mark Publishing Prize for being the best of the best in his graduation class.

Since that time Christian has gone on to setup his own workshop back in his birthplace - Berlin. 

The guitar featured in this article is a custom order. Not too much is revealed about the woods used in its construction but all I can say is that the result is breathtaking to say the least.

Striking Features:

  • Stunning aged tonewoods
  • Hand-carved rosettes and headstocks
 Easy to see the headstock, soundport & beveled cutaway.

Easy to see the headstock, soundport & beveled cutaway.

  • Soundport
 An awesome view of the huge soundport.

An awesome view of the huge soundport.

  • Beveled cutaway
 Superb look at the beveled cutaway allowing for easier playability past the 12th fret.

Superb look at the beveled cutaway allowing for easier playability past the 12th fret.

  • French polish with shellac
  • Traditional tooling used in construction
  • Traditional Antonio Torres design
 That aged look is amazing!

That aged look is amazing!

How to get one for yourself?!?!

Christian has a 12 to 18 month waiting time which isn't too bad considering some luthiers have waiting lists of almost a decade! I reckon get in quick before Christian's guitar list fills up! Here's how:

Christian has easy payment terms of just 10% to secure a guitar with a further 10% payable when he starts the build (30% for custom builds).

Here's where Christian studied guitar-making if you're keen to have a go for yourself:

Check out my other articles of beautiful & unusual classical guitars here.

As always,

Let your fingers fly!