My name is Maksim Cuker, and I am a professional guitar player and maker living in Vilnius. In 1993, at the age of 18, I handcrafted my very first guitar under the mentorship of the luthier Yuri Zirin. After a break, in 2011, I returned to guitar making and crafted two guitars. The resonating sound of these guitars struck a chord of harmony with me and propelled me forward to continue my trade.
Masterguitars.com honed my skills, but my truest teacher of all is the exceptional Ukrainian luthier named Nikolay Rudenko. Actually, I can’t say that I’ve ever met the man. The internet truly is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
Throughout my life, guitars made by famous luthiers such as Masaru Kohno, Jose Ramirez, Manuel Contreras, Dieter Hopf, and John Price have graced my hands.
In 2014, my guitar was awarded first place in the “Guitar Virtuosos” luthiers’ competition in Saint Petersburg. Now, I can proudly say that my instruments can be heard around the world from Vietnam to New York City.