founder & director of jitamen
I very much love the guitars made by the talented guitar maker, Evan Kingma. I have already ordered several guitars and our cooperation is successfully continuing year by year. He loves his job very much, and you can see in every guitar he makes that he is putting all of himself into it. The craftsmanship, materials, sound, balance, and playability are all very good. But above all, Evan manages to accomplish something much more difficult and rare to find: his guitars, when played, transmit deep, nice emotions. That is something very unique. And probably no one can ever learn from others how to build it into a guitar.
guitarist & youtuber
Evan is a tremendously talented maker. I'm repeatedly blown away by the quality and character of the new guitar he's built me. It has tremendous depth and richness of tone, it's easy to play, and I'm able to get everything I could ever want out of its dynamic range. Before I received the instrument, I was skeptical (as anyone making such a personal and impactful purchase should be) but the guitar delivered on every level that I hoped it would. Evan, as a person, is an absolute joy to work with. He's kind, communicative, open, and professional. If you're considering investing in a Kingma guitar, I implore you to pull the trigger. You will not be disappointed in the guitar he builds you.
Last year I decided to buy a high-class handmade guitar from a luthier. Soon after, Evan’s guitars caught my interest for their stunning beauty, traditional approach, and masterful execution of his craft. I fell in love with 'geo', his No. 13, which was for sale at Siccas at that time. Without having played the instrument (Coronavirus lockdown stopped me from visiting the shop) I bought it over the internet – and have been more than happy with it ever since. It has a sweet and clear sound with brilliant trebles and a juicy bass, and for me as a composer it is just so inspiring to play on. Plus, Evan is about the nicest person you can think of. He helped me out with all the questions I had, and I surely can refer to him whenever I need his advice in the future.
multi-instrumentalist & youtuber
As a lifetime musician I have always held the strong belief that every instrument holds its own energetic expression that has the potential to resonate with the player, creating a beautiful relationship between the instrument itself and the one who is expressing themselves through it. Evan, as a maker, understands this with his entire being. I had never purchased a guitar from a luthier before and the experience from the very first chat with Evan has been overwhelmingly joyous. Before even starting to talk about wood or sound, Evan took the time to get to know me as a person so that he could better know how to approach crafting a masterpiece of a guitar that is now in my care. I knew from that moment that he was the right luthier to make anyone's instrument. Every choice I made was received with mindfulness and honest care for the reasons behind the choice. Once I received my guitar it was an immediate level up to my playing, an unexpected bonus. Not only is its sound mesmerizing, it is so comfortable to play. The guitar has rich lows and distinctive highs making it a perfect fit for my love of alternative tunings. Every day the guitar opens up more and I can’t wait to hear it in 10 years. There are moments when the reverberation of the guitar itself sounds like I am playing in a chapel. I hope you choose to take the plunge and order from Evan. Not only will you be getting a lovingly crafted work of art that makes incredible music, but you will be making a really kind and generous friend. Thank you Evan for everything!
Having spent a month in a guitar workshop under Evan Kingma’s supervision, I came to appreciate his love, knowledge, and handling of the wood with which he works, as well as his obsessive attention to detail in his approach to guitar-making, qualities which are clearly evident in his finished guitars. I didn’t need another guitar, but having held and played ‘Earth’ a beautiful cedar classical, I had to buy it! It has a wonderful rounded and balanced tonal quality, excellent volume, and beautiful workmanship. I just love holding and playing this guitar whether I am alone or playing to an audience!