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Brian Cohen, Guitar Maker

I became a professional guitar maker in 1972, and am now the longest-established independent classical guitar maker in the UK, specializing in traditional Spanish guitars, made in the authentic Torrres / Hauser 1 'Spanish model' style. I accept special commissions for many other types, including flamenco, requinto, multi-string, steel string 'acoustic' guitars, archtop, and historic reconstructions. I have also specialised in conservation and restoration of fine original examples, for museums around the world.

Julian Bream, CBE.

It is with deep sadness to learn today of the passing of Julian Bream CBE, and I wish to pass on to the family my sincerest condolences. 14th August, 2020

Covid-19 Update ( Aug 2020) for Brian Cohen Guitars:

Please Note. The studio is open, but operating subject to limited access, distancing and face-covering rules. All accessory sales are now via mail order only, and we will do our best to pack and send out as soon as circumstances allow. For some very minor adjustments, please call or e mail, I will try to help you to help yourself. This policy will continue until the current crisis has passed. Please do not visit the studio unless you have made an appointment first. Thank you for your co-operation. All the best, stay safe and well. BC

Background and 'Ethos'

I build mainly 'Concert Guitars' which are firmly based in the Torres/Hauser 1 'Spanish model' tradition: These are lightly built using the traditional Spanish method. Maximum attention is given to every aspect of construction, including the method and sequence of construction, design, aesthetics within the traditional constraints, and above all, each guitar is tailored to the individual.

Each guitar is conceived as an individual creation in itself, and at all times the players' tonal, physical and visual requirements are foremost. Power, volume, sustain, projection, rich tonal colour, textures, clarity, voice separation, conceived within the format of these old master guitars are some of the qualities present in all 'Brian Cohen' guitars.

I invite you to take a 'virtual tour' through my website, which is continually under construction and renewal, and I welcome any comments you may have about the site, and look forward to any enquiries you may have.

Please note that due to continuing demand from private clients, and the length of my waiting list, new guitars are no longer supplied to dealers in the UK or worldwide: I prefer to work directly with my customers, who then benefit from the 'bespoke custom build', and the 'lifetime warrantee' that comes with all my guitars, available to the original purchaser only, and also benefit from the significant price saving made.

Opening times and all contact details, directions etc. on our 'Contact' page. Visitors welcomed, but strictly by appointment only.