about

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. 

Now I've gone back Spain, as Stephen’s apprentice, and among other work, I also work on his Model 2 guitars. I’m still quite early in my days as a guitar maker, but I’m already making great instruments and every day it gets better and more exciting!

As a builder, I'm interested in non-traditional design for classical and flamenco guitars. If you look at most of the heads on my guitars you will get an idea of what I mean, as they are almost all asymmetrical. I also use a lot of bright colours and different woods you wouldn't normally see on a Spanish guitar. And while rosewoods are great woods for the back and sides, I believe most woods can be great if the guitar maker understands the wood's specific characteristics. Additionally, I try to push to use sustainable and alternative material rather than endangered and protected woods. I aim to make every guitar sound incredible and be visually unique and beautiful; and when building for a specific client, I design the guitar just for them, based on their own personality and passions.

- evan kingma

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