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Brian Cohen, Guitar Maker

I became a professional guitar maker in 1972, and am now the longest-established independant classical guitar maker in the UK. As well as classical guitars I make many other types, including flamenco, requinto, multi-string, steel string 'acoustic' guitars, archtop Jazz, as well as historic reconstructions. 'Special commissions' are welcomed. (Member of the Crafts Council Selected Index.)

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Instruments for Sale

I do have some instruments in stock for sale: some new, some pre-owned older master guitars and some rare antique guitars too- enquire please. I also look to buy outright fine master guitars- contact me with what you have for sale please.

Petersen Model 'B', 1978

A good Petersen Model B, signed, dated 1978, with original label. Cedar table, with Indian rosewood back and sides, (CITES permit for this specie not required). Brazilian mahogany neck, original tuners, (all working well). Well made, a very good example of this maker's work. Action perfect, with no repairs, and only one minor opening in the back, 3 cms long, ( see photo) but this is not a crack, it is a small blemish in the wood which has moved a little over the years. No effect on tone. The guitar overall with only minor nail and wear marks,( see photos) all to be expected after a long and useful life. There is a lot of playing left in this guitar.with a warm, big sound. New strings recently fitted, and frets levelled and checked. Includes the original case, in good condition. Sold with the original bill of sale, dated 1980.
Note: This guitar is offered on behalf of a deceased estate, any sale will be subject the approval of the beneficiary before a final sale can be confirmed. 'Approval' period for this guitar not available, it can be seen and tried in the studio, by prior appointment. Please enquire if you need more details.

Photos:Petersen model B Slideshow

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Price: 850

All payments must be in UK sterling, and via electronic transfer only. Currency conversion costs to be paid at source. Price is for 'Instrument only', unless otherwise indicated,
VAT: No VAT is payable.
The instrument in some instances can be sent out for approval, for a 48 -hour period after receipt. However, all freight charges, inwards and outwards, must be borne by the client, import duties may be levied in some countries also to be paid by the client, and for the USA we will complete and provide the 'Lacey Declaration' at no extra charge, in addition to any CITES permit needed which will be charged for. Risk must be borne by client, and proof of some sort of insurance must be in place. Payment must be in full in advance, and evidence provided of full insurance cover for the journey. For some of these additional services, a charge will be made. Funds will be refunded in full, provided the guitar arrives back in the shop in the same condition as when it left. If these conditions are not met, then the instrument will be considered 'Sold'. In the event of a guitar being exported which will need a CITES permit, as these permits only work 'one way' the customer will have to agree in advance in writing to apply for a return CITES from their own country, all of which may take some time and this will be obtained at the clients' own expense. No refund will be made until the guitar is returned and imported into the UK with full legal compliance with CITES and the risk of loss, damage, seizure etc will be borne entirely by the customer until safe delivery is completed. Any import duty or VAT levied to re-import the guitar into the UK will be deducted from the refund amount to the client. To avoid all this, the best and simplest way to conduct these transactions is to visit the UK in person and try the instrument in my own premises, free of all these requirements: I am happy to arrange transport and accommodation during your stay to facilitate your visit in person.

Opening times and all contact details, directions etc. on our 'Contact' page. Visitors welcomed, but strictly by appointment only.