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Hand Made Guitars by Luthier Dan Koentopp

A 2014 Chicagoan

During the year off while relocating my shop to Los Angeles, I went back to the drawing board with my guitar designs. I wanted to reassure that everything was right from the ground up. I redesigned my archings, my outlines, and other ideas. The end results are what I think to be instruments with more purpose, visually and sonicaly. This guitar was the first instrument off the bench incorporating these new ideas. Many important decisions were also made from my client’s inspiration. On this particular guitar I also experimented by increasing the width at the upper bout. I got this idea from looking at a lot of Jimmy D’Aquisto’s later guitars where he was doing the same thing. It’s hard to tell from guitar to guitar what the extra half inch adds to the sound, but I can tell you that after a few days old, I really like it.

#042 Chicagoan

  • Master grade European Spruce top – X braced
  • Master grade European Flame Maple Back and sides
  • Flame maple bindings with inner maple purfling
  • Three piece flame maple neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard with mother of pearl inlay
  • Hand carved ebony fittings
  • 25″ scale, 1.75 nut width
  • Kent Armstrong floating pickup with volume knob and stealth tone knob
  • French polish finish


#042 2014 Chicagoan

#042 2014 Koentopp Chicagoan

Back of Flame European Maple

Back of Flame European Maple

Adjustable and compensated Ebony Bridge with Kent Armstrong Humbucker

Maple bound fholes and a floating a Kent Armstrong humbucker

Front Profile

Front Profile

Adjustable and compensated ebony bridge

Adjustable and compensated ebony bridge

Just a cool shot! :)

Just a cool shot! 🙂

Low light with the top illuminated

Low light with the top illuminated

Rib details

Rib detail


Back and heel treatment

Another of the back with binding and purfling detail

Back with binding and purfling detail

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18 Responses to “A 2014 Chicagoan”

  1. Sam Goldberger Says:

    Welcome to California! Great choice–though I would have voted for Northern rather than Southern.

    So–was the new Chicagoan a commission or could it be purchase? And if so, what is the price?


  2. Kris Wolinski Says:

    Beautifull instruments.
    Best Regards
    Kris Wolinski

  3. cerdan Says:

    hello dan,i’m dominique from bordeaux i like this model (2014 chicagoan in the new website). Is it available please. If it is tell me the price too please

  4. Barron Beshoar Says:


    I saw your FB posts of this guitar. It’s a gorgeous thing! Is it for sale? If so, what’s the price?


    Barron Beshoar
    Swing St. Vrain
    Longmont, CO

  5. Shigeru Yoshioka Says:

    I would like to know how much this guitar is.

  6. Chris Olivo Says:

    Just doing some research. What would something like this cost?

  7. admin Says:

    Many thanks Kris!

  8. admin Says:

    Thanks Sam! Northern California is not too far:) This one was commissioned but we should talk about the one just like it for you! Hope you are doing great! -Danny

  9. admin Says:

    Hey Dominique! Nice to hear from you. This Chicagoan was commissioned. If you’d like to put some details together please don’t hesitate to contact me. All the best!

  10. admin Says:

    Hi Barron! Thank you so much! This guitar was commissioned. Let me know if you would like more information and please feel free to contact me anytime. All the best!

  11. admin Says:

    Thank you! Please send me an email at if you are interested in more information. -Danny

  12. admin Says:

    Thanks Chris! Every instrument is specific to each client. If you are interested please contact me at or give me a call.

  13. Gary Wilson Says:

    Hmm, Really nice guitar, but It’s also looking like a really big guitar is that right or it’s because of the photography.

    best acoustic guitars

  14. admin Says:

    Thanks Gary! The Chicagoan is a 17″ archtop. The upper bout on this particular instrument is a little wider than usual which is maybe what your seeing.

  15. Ana Says:

    I am very fond of playing guitar! These are some of the most fantastic varieties of Guitars I have ever seen.

  16. admin Says:

    Thank you so much Ana!

  17. Julian Says:

    Wow these are really nice guitars!! Would be great to have something like this here in Brazil. Congrats.

  18. admin Says:

    Thanks Julian! I couldn’t agree more!!!

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