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Hand Made Guitars by Luthier Dan Koentopp

2018 Chicagoan Oval Hole

I get most of my inspiration from my clients and use their energy to help direct the guitar making journey. With this latest Chicagoan Oval Hole build, I am even more grateful and more aware of this dynamic relationship because I grew a lot with this guitar. I did things in this guitar that really pushed me. I never would have come up with half of this stuff without the input from my client, and that is the magic sauce right there. I don’t build these things myself, but with my clients, my teachers, and my life experiences.

To view a short construction video of this Oval Hole, click here

Chicagoan Archtop- Serial number #0818062

7 String, Cutaway
Select Reclaimed Sitka Spruce top
Flamed Birch back and sides
Lapis Lazuli Rosette with 8-Point Mother of Pearl weave
Flame maple neck with Birch center
Bone Nut Width, 60mm
String width at bridge, 68mm
Classical neck taper
22 Frets, 60″ radius
KK Pure Mini Pickup
Barbera Saddle Pickup
Oval sound port with Macassar Ebony binding
Two volume pots at port location
Stereo output jack at lower bout
Macassar Ebony Fingerboard with scale length, 25.75
Macassar Ebony headstock face veneer
Macassar Ebony veneer on rear of headstock
Macassar Ebony heal cap
Maple bindings with inner violin style purfling
Macassar Ebony bound fingerboard and headstock
Medium jumbo frets (.092″W x.048″ H)
Curved fingerboard extension
Side position oval rings in Mother of Pearl with inner Lapis fill
Personal Rear headstock inlay of owl in Mother of Pearl and Lapis
Half moon fingerboard inlays in Mother of Pearl with Lapis fill
Waverly tuners, nickel, with large Sloane style Ebony button
Hand cut compensated, Macassar ebony adjustable bridge and fittings





2018 Chicagoan Oval Hole Seven String


Reclaimed Sitka Spruce top from Bear Creek bridge


Close up with top texture and detail


This top is just bonkers!


Macassar Ebony appointments create such a warm balance with the natural tonewood color


Half moon position inlays filled with Lapis Lazuli crushed stone


Back arch in Flamed Birch from Poland


Detail of back arch and edge treatment


The neck block curves


Treble side perspective


“The System”




A personal touch with Lapis eyes


A wide 7-String headstock


Surface Tension


Waist Line

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