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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 guitars 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.

Ignacio Fleta, Barcelona

Ignacio Fleta, 1970: A fine guitar, dating from 1970, with fine Cedar top. and rosewood body- A typical Fleta, but this one never played or even handled by anyone else apart from the original owner ( and the maker of course) , re-fretted by Fleta himself, this guitar was known to me from before, when the owner brought it to me for valuation some years ago, sadly this became available now from the deceased estate. Sold with the original commissioning letters ( dated 1965), and subsequent correspondence between the former owner and Fleta. There is no need here to expand on the history and players who have used Fleta guitars, this is well known to all, but this one is possibly the finest example available, there can be no better, with no repairs or cracks, only some very minor wear, totally original, and represents the finest work from one of the 20th century's greatest makers- some would say 'The Greatest'.
Photos linked below, and enquire for details and price please:( Please state your location when enquiring for price please) This is my own guitar, available exclusively from myself. NOTE: This guitar not kept in my studio, but held in remote secure climate controlled storage, and is available to try only by 48 hours prior notice. It will be sold with all relevant CITES, LACEY and export documentation if required.
(This guitar is only available for viewing and trial in my studio, despite the approval offer as made below, which does not apply in this case.)


Near perfect, with minor varnish wear due to professional use over its entire life, so far: No cracks, no repairs, action perfect, re-fretted only once by Ignacio Fleta himself. Original Fustero tuners ( not present) now replaced with a new set of Rodgers, made especially to match the original style.


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Enquire. Sale includes case, and original documentation.
Price excludes and carriage charges, freight, import taxes etc.
VAT: In the case of Private Treaty Sales, no VAT is due. In other sales where VAT is due, it will be indicated as such , at the current rate ( VAT zero rated if exported from EC, packing free, freight to be charged out at my cost price
The guitar 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. 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 guitar 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 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 guitar 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.

I invite you to take a 'virtual tour' through my website, which is continually under construction and renewal, and I welcome any comments you may have about the site. Not all links and pages are active, but I hope to complete the site soon.

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

Please enjoy a tour through the new site!