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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, October 2020

I do have usually 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.

Brian Cohen 2015: A good classical guitar, originally made as the studio 'demo' guitar then sold to a customer at a show who 'just had to have it'.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, Indian, Spruce, Rodgers. French Polish finish. There is 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-Even, smooth and rich tone, with a really easy action. With hardshell Humidor case. Further detail, dimensions, photos: HERE:

Brian Cohen, 2012 / 2013 steel string 'Martin 000-42 style' guitar, based on the Martin signature 'Eric Clapton' model, made from a beautiful Brazilian type figured maple, Guixava, and mature aged spruce top, with Sperzl locking tuners into flat head with original style Martin type v-join to headstock, Hiscox case. This guitar was initiated for the filming for 'Searching for Sugerman', which won the 2013 Oscar for 'Best Documentary', and used in the background to filming scenes, done in my studio during 2012. This guitar is the finished result.
Details and photos: HERE


'Alessandro', an artisan hand-made Spanish guitar: Made in Almeria, 1996, his 'Robert Bouchet' model. This guitar is simple, plain, made by a very modest maker going under the name of 'Alessandro'. Spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, cedar neck and headstock, French polished. No cracks or repairs, well made, and a good clear playing tone. New strings fitted and checked over.
Background: Alessandro used to be a customer of mine, some 30 years ago, and he was inspired to go off and make guitars, after a life in front of a computer screen, to which end he went to Almeria, where he had a house, and did just that. He sadly passed away about 5 years ago, and his widow who now lives in the UK has asked me to place this guitar with someone who wants a good guitar, but does not have means for a high-priced concert guitar- This guitar can be had for a very modest sum, with case, with absolutely no profit at all going to myself. I am doing this for the makers' memory, and his widow. This was the maker's own guitar, which he played often, sometimes in public. Available to try and view, by appointment. It is very 'affordable', and all proceeds will go towards a charity.

Private Treaty sales: We now offer for sale via 'Private Treaty' various selected instruments, and these are indicated as such in each category stock list. We are actively looking for high quality instruments for clients, and this scheme may be the ideal way to bring buyers and sellers together: click Here for Terms and Conditions

Mandolins and other items of Musical Interest: I stock and sell many mandolins, as well as other unusual rare instruments, including banjos, books, violin family, other unusual, curious and rare collectors pieces. Al information on these has now moved to another website, linked here: SoundAntiques Please visit this new website for details for all the mandolins and other rare instruments currently on offer.

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