Jan Schoorlemmer

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Schoorlemmer Guitars is based in the Netherlands, near the city of Deventer. In my small luthier workshop, I handcraft custom acoustic guitars. I built my first classical guitar in 1994, based on my own guitar and old library books. Over the years, I kept studying and practicing to master the art of lutherie. I have built all kinds of guitars, both classical and steel-string.

Nowadays, I specialize in classical guitars and flamenco guitars. I build my guitars the traditional Spanish way, on a solera and using hide glue. I prefer to use a shellac finish, applied by hand with a cotton rubbing pad.

Creating a fine acoustic guitar is a work of passion and craftsmanship. Working with the finest timbers, I aim for the perfect-sounding guitar. It should be well-balanced and bloom through the hands and heart of the player. Each instrument has its own unique voice, based on the tonal qualities of the timbers and shaped in the building process.

Building a custom-made instrument takes a journey in which the player and builder discover how to create a perfect echo of musical artistry and luthier craftsmanship. The destination will be a fine instrument, unique and responsive — a Friend for Life.

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