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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.

Brian Cohen, 2015

A good classical guitar, originally made as the studio 'demo' guitar then sold to a customer at a show during 2016, who 'just had to have it'. Sadly events have overtaken, and this guitar is now available again. Condition is almost 'as new,' the Hauser 1 model T, ( based on a 1928 'Torres' model) Indian, Spruce, custom-made Rodgers Tuners. French Polish finish. Tone is even, smooth and rich, with warm basses, and remarkable clarity throughout the range, and a really easy action. Rodgers tuners with MOP buttons ( Cites compliant). The specie of rosewood used now also does not require a CITES permit. Unique long-grained traditional style hand-made rosette, matched on the bridge, and table purfling, and all matching also ( figured maple inset) around the back and ribs. The barring is the Hauser 1 / Torres pattern, which has the open harmonic bars with fan bars passing through up into the upper bout. I owned a 1928 Hauser 1 for a while which used this pattern, which works very well, and was used by Torres, and also sometimes by Jose Romanillos, and Robert Bouchet. The top is lightly tinted, using ultra-violet, which darkens and hardens the wood, and then finished with natural French polish. Sold with hardshell Humidor case included.

Condition Details:
Light table nail marks, literally just 4 tiny indents, and a small string whiplash (minor) damage just behind the top string bridge hole, repaired now, but this is the only blemish, and has no effect on playing quality. ( see photo). No other repairs or damage, to all intents and purposes, virtually 'as new' . No centre purfling down the centre of the back ( one join has to be better than multiple inset glue lines), double tapered V join for head to neck, and custom made Rogers tuners. Frets recently serviced and trued, new set of strings fitted. Saddle and nut made of bone. Bridge decoration with Cites compliant M.O.P.

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Price: 5750 : Case included : Yes

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.

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