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Brian Cohen, Guitar Maker

I became a professional guitar maker in 1972, and am now the longest-established independant classical guitar maker in the UK. As well as classical guitars I make many other types, including flamenco, requinto, multi-string, steel string 'acoustic' guitars, archtop Jazz, as well as historic reconstructions. 'Special commissions' are welcomed. (Member of the Crafts Council Selected Index.)

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Brian Cohen Guitars: Terms of Trade, 2023

To commission a guitar

NOTE: New guitars commissioned are now only available directly to the client. I no longer supply guitars to any dealer, and I pass on the resulting saving in price to the client. All guitars come with the 'lifetime warrantee,' applicable only to the original client.

SPECIAL ORDERS: These include left-handed guitars, multiple string guitars above the 6 string norm, unusual specifications, or guitars using woods I do not normally utilise, eg Cedar tables, or for any custom design not aligned to my normal specifications; for these I take a non-refundable deposit in advance, of 1/3 the cost of the guitar, and the offer for refund on completion if for any genuine and valid reason the guitar is not satisfactory, this offer will not apply in these cases. The client on ordering commits to purchase the finished special guitar. This is because in some cases it is difficult to place these guitars to my usual clients, and the commissioning purchaser must agree to bear this risk.

CITES:. New Cites Regulations were revised in August 2022 especially pertaining to ALL rosewood species, and with new species added. Dalbergia Nigra - Brazilian Rosewood is still on Appendix A, ie full permits needed: All other rosewood species are downgraded to Appendix B, and some have even been removed i.e.Dalbergia Barroni , and for some only article 10 certificate is needed, and this is much less restrictive to export/import for personal use. In some countries , no permit is needed at all, (apart from Brazilian Rosewood.) Please also check with your own countries' CITES regulatory body, to be sure. Each country can vary the terms on an individual basis. I can clarify the position as the delivery time approaches, to be certain.

Studio Items

I do sell some accessories via mail order, enquire please

Payment: Payment is taken in advance, via electronic transfer only. Any bank / conversion charges for payments made in a foreign currency must be paid for by the purchaser at originating bank. All items remain the property of Brian Cohen until paid for in full.

Cases: Cases are sent via courier, charged at cost price. Packing is free. Delivery is extra, and not included in the price quoted. Typical prices are for most UK mainland addresses,18.95 for Violin or Viola cases, 30 for Guitar cases and 35 for Cello cases. Bass cases quoted for on request. For remote addresses, there may be an additional charge- please check when ordering to get the correct price for your area.

Not all instruments I stock are listed on the site: e mail, call and ask, I may well have it, or know where to get it for you. We are always pleased to discuss and advise. Opening times and all contact details, directions etc. on our 'Contact' and 'Directions' pages.