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Hand Made Guitars by Luthier Dan Koentopp

“The Ross” Blue Line


Even from the early discussions, this guitar was a joy to put together and it was the first left handed Blue Line I’ve built. The foundation of this guitar was to create a guitar that was very warm and balanced with a strong acoustic voice that my client, David Ross, could also conveniently gig with in a trio or larger ensemble. Some specifics, besides the voice, we worked over was the neck shape and feel, which included a flatter 20″ radius. Everything about this guitar echoed warmth; the tonewoods I chose, the bracing, the low-wind pickup, and even the french polished brown varnish. Even though playing this left handed guitar felt like I never held a guitar in my life, it didn’t stop me from playing it hours at a time before it shipped out.


  • #065 Blue Line Archtop
  • Left Handed, cutaway
  • x-brace
  • Master grade, select reclaimed Bear River bridge Sitka Spruce
  • Master grade, Romanian Flame Maple back and sides
  • Body depth 3.125″
  • Flame maple neck with bone nut width of 1.75″
  • Macassar Ebony Fingerboard with scale length 24.75″
  • Fingerboard radius 20″
  • Neck shape, flatter ellipse
  • Standard Fhole – Bound in maple
  • 2 way 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
  • Straight Fingerboard extension
  • Medium jumbo frets – No Fretboard Inlay
  • Edge position elliptical ebony inlay markers
  • Waverly tuners in nickel with Ebony Buttons
  • Macassar Ebony Finger-rest with stealth tone control and volume above
  • Hand cut and compensated Macassar Ebony bridge, adjustable
  • Floating Kent Armstrong HB off neck, 6.8k wind
  • Carved Macassar Tailpiece
  • Hand turned Aluminum Endpin with hardwood strap button (grounded to jack)
  • French polish with a brown-coffee color with honey trim
  • Custom fit Hoffee carbon fiber case




#065 The “Ross” Blue Line


A Rich Brown French Polish shows clarity, warmth, and texture over a very special Sitka Spruce top


A beautiful Romanian Maple back under a delicious brown.


Here you can see the new method I’m using for floating the pickup which incorporates a mortise and tenon under the fingerboard. This allows greater stability as well as more adjustment than the typical epoxy or bracket mount.


There’s a nice balance between the Macassar Ebony fittings and the rich brown varnish


A closeup of the Macassar Ebony bridge.


Fholes bound in figured Maple


The natural curve of the back


A nice shot of the back arching, bindings, and neck profile


Position markers are inlayed with elliptical dots which not only are more visible, but tie in visually to the shapes of the neck.


A closeup of the Macassar Ebony headstock with contrasting maple bindings











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