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I’ve always been in love with the guitar. One of my earliest memories is being too small to properly hold my father’s Fender Mustang, but still strumming the open strings; amazed at the sound it made.

In 2015, at the age of 19, I went to Spain to take a one month guitar making course with Master Luthier, Stephen Hill, at The European Institute of Guitar Making. I had practically no woodworking experience, but Stephen was able to teach me the techniques and how to use all the hand tools effectively. I very quickly fell in love. Two weeks into my one month and I had already started trying to figure out how I was going to stay longer.

I was able to convince Stephen to let me stay and build a second guitar, turning my one month into three.

Since then, I’ve been apprentice to Stephen for over four years. The first four years of my apprenticeship I worked with Stephen on his Model 2 Guitars, and now I work together with him on his Master Model and teach alongside him on the high-level guitar making courses at The European Institute of Guitar Making.

In addition to all the work I do with Stephen and the EIGM, I am making guitars under my own name and brand; guitars that are truly one of a kind, with wonderful playability and sound, and made for customers from The Americas, Europe, and Asia.

As a builder, I mix non-traditional and modern aesthetic with traditional and authentic Spanish guitar construction. Additionally, every rosette I make is unique and made personally for the client; and with special inlays and different head shapes to match the theme, no two guitars of mine will ever be the same. I also prefer to use more sustainable materials when I can, rather than endangered rosewood species. While materials such as Brazilian Rosewood make a fantastic guitar, I believe almost all woods can make a beautiful instrument as long as the luthier understands the material’s specific characteristics.

- evan kingma

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