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« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2011, 07:26:25 PM »

Canada - Tony Karol. I have one of his OM's and it's a very nice guitar. He only builds a dozen, or so per year.

Someone to Czech  out in the Czech Republic is Roman Zlajicek.
He runs the Rozawood shop.
He is known in Central Europe as a master luthier.
I have one of his Octave Mandolins and it's the gem of my collection.
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« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2011, 06:33:02 AM »

From my shores I would say

Hans Van Den Berg - He built my Custom OM and the Classical Baritone in another thread.  

http://www.guitars-sa.co.za/hans/hans.htm

Marc Maingard   http://www.guitarsafrica.co.za/

Foster Van Der Merwe   http://www.fosterguitarworks.com/

Ian Corr   http://corrguitars.co.za/

And I'm sure there are others I don't know about.
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« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2011, 10:15:48 AM »

Best of all Countries:  Raymond Kraut, Eugene, Oregon . USA

http://www.krautguitars.com/

He builds 12 guitars per year - each guitar is a unique piece of artwork. Best craftmanship, very responsive, very sensitive and a fretwork...


Best German Builders:

Wilhelm Henkes und Rudolph Blazer

They build more traditional steel strings in a perfect way...

http://www.antique-acoustics.de/
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« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2011, 12:06:02 PM »

Nicest UK guitars I have played are England - Alister Atkin, Scotland - Jimmy Moon, Ireland - George Lowden.
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« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2011, 07:57:02 PM »

check out http://reinguitars.com/ for some high built items
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« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2011, 09:24:35 PM »

China - Eastman - 
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« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2011, 10:52:29 PM »

japan (electric): current - fender japan, mid 80's - burny (fernandes)
north america (electric): tom anderson
north america (acoustic): santa cruz
canada (acoustic): larrivee of course!
Is North America a country?  I thought it included 3 countries.....
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« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2011, 12:20:32 AM »

Is North America a country?  I thought it included 3 countries.....

Sometimes I wonder about that tho with the Free Trade Agreement BUT let's not send this nice thread political
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« Reply #28 on: April 05, 2011, 04:01:22 AM »

Is North America a country?  I thought it included 3 countries.....
   Well shur, it includes Texas, Missouri and Kentucky.
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« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2011, 11:34:33 AM »

amazing that when you always ask those on either side of the aisle you get strong opinions with strong divisions. but equally amazing is if you post so that you include all and respect each as separate but equal you'll never win with the same narrow mindset. yee haw.
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« Reply #30 on: April 05, 2011, 01:25:28 PM »

I often wonder about threads where things get so obscure, you could just make stuff up and no one would notice.  ohmy   
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« Reply #31 on: April 05, 2011, 07:20:28 PM »

China - Royal Doulton
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« Reply #32 on: April 07, 2011, 12:45:19 AM »

Japan... tie between alvarez and takamine........Australia..Maton
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« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2011, 02:51:09 AM »

Okay I counted up the votes.................The gold medal goes to Ireland............... Most votes make Lowden guitars the best in the world. I heard they were good...........http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=lowden+guitar
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« Reply #34 on: June 09, 2011, 07:05:41 AM »

UK Acoustic - Nigel forster (nkforster guitars) - have a 12 fret model C
Ireland Acoustic -  MciLroy  - have an A30
USA Acoustic - Santa Cruz
USA electric -  Don Grosh
Swiss electric  - Levinson Blade - so under rated
Canada - Larrivee, off course
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« Reply #35 on: June 23, 2011, 01:19:56 AM »

WOW I guess my ear don't work right!

I was going to say             China - Eastman


I agree.  Esteban is best guitar built (for starting a nice fire in your fireplace).
 

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« Reply #36 on: August 05, 2011, 10:37:31 AM »

England:  Kinkade   (www.kinkadeguitars.co.uk) , Patrick Eggle, Fylde
Ireland: Avalon, Lowden (kissing cousins.......)
USA/Canada: Larrivee, Taylor (but getting expensive!)
Germany: Lakewood
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« Reply #37 on: August 25, 2011, 07:12:24 PM »

I'm going to throw Sergie de Jonge in Canada (http://www.dejongeguitars.com/).

What about Spain, people?  A difficult one, no doubt, but surely someone has a thought or two...

 
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« Reply #38 on: September 12, 2011, 08:44:25 AM »

Lots of great builders working today,but one luthier that's at the top of his game is Ervin Somogyi from California.
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« Reply #39 on: September 12, 2011, 12:25:07 PM »

Lots of great builders working today,but one luthier that's at the top of his game is Ervin Somogyi from California.

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