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Hand Made Guitars by Luthier Dan Koentopp

A Golden Blue Line

Here’s a Blue Line that flew the nest early Fall of 2016. Like most of my instruments, this instrument was tailored around my client. We talked over many months about certain aspects including tone, measurement specifications, and color. The end result was a beautiful representation of energy, absorbed from multiple sources, uniting with complete focus and a living voice.

As every instrument gets finished it is hard to see them go. I can’t help but think about how each particular instrument is going to sound and feel further down the road. That idea makes me a little jealous as I won’t be able to observe and watch these living instruments change. There is always a point in the build, about when the guitar is 75-80% finished when the guitar feels like it has become the owner’s guitar. I guess that moment is when all the pieces have joined together more or less and the instrument is eager to share its voice. I look forward to staying in touch with all my instruments and I can’t wait to visit this particular Blue Line in the near future!

Here are some specs from this Blue Line

  • Master grade, select European spruce top
  • Master grade, select European maple back and sides
  • Parallel braced
  • 2 3/4″ Rim depth
  • Flame maple laminated neck with bone nut width of 1.75″ unbleached (.83″.93″)
  • Macassar ebony fingerboard with scale length 25″ (String .012-.052)
  • Standard Fhole bound in flamed maple
  • Truss rod with carbon fiber reinforcements
  • Macassar ebony headstock face veneer
  • Macassar ebony veneer on rear of headstock
  • Macassar ebony heal cap
  • Flame maple body binding with violin style purfling
  • Maple neck/headstock binding inner purfling line
  • Curved Fingerboard extension
  • Medium jumbo frets
  • Unadorned Fretboard
  • Edge position elliptical ebony inlay markers in macassar ebony
  • Schaller Tuners with ebony buttons
  • Macassar Ebony fingerrest (volume knob on top, stealth tone beneath)
  • Kent Armstrong Floating Humbucker
  • Hand cut and intonated adjustable macassar ebony
  • Macassar ebony Tailpiece
  • Finish, gloss lacquer- golden-brown
  • Custom fit Hoffee carbon fiber case


Blue Line (#050)

Blue Line (#050)

Blue Line with Flame Maple Edging

Blue Line with Flame Maple Edging

Front Close Up with Kent Armstrong Floating Pickup

Front Close Up with Kent Armstrong Floating Pickup

Flamed Maple Back

Flamed Maple Back


Back with purfling


Close up on Compensated Bridge


Front Close up with curved fingerboard extension and macassar pickguard


Purfling Mitre


Rear neck detail


Back and Side perspective


Blue Line Back Archings


Blue Line in custom Hoffee case

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