We met Miss Montreal thanks to our Dutch dealer and friend, Rudi Bults from TFOA, who came with an idea to us to create a special guitar for her. And so it goes! She came to our workshop to pick up that guitar in February 2010 … Sanne Hans, better known by her stage name Miss Montreal, is a Dutch singer-songwriter and guitar player.
"We‘ll buy you a beer in case you're not 100% satisfied” ... it was our first contact with James ... London Acoustic Guitar Show, September 2015. "Hi, do you want to try our guitars?“, Pavel is asking a man going around our booth. "Thanks, but I have bloody fingers after all day performing yet …”. "We’ll pay you a beer, if you’ll not be satisfied ...”, was Pavel’s answer. “OK”, he said … That man was James Gillespie and that’s the beginning of our cooperation with him. He fell in love into our TWENTY EIGHT dreadnought just during some seconds and his mistress is with him still … English born, Scottish raised singer-songwriter James Gillespie emerges as one of the most quietly explosive artists in recent memory.
Eivør found us in Musical instruments tent during Tonder Festival in August 2008. She needed some urgent small repair on her guitar before her performance. Roman helped her and she discovered our guitars beauty in the meantime. And so, we agreed to build our special “Om” double-soundhole guitar for her the day after. Eivør Pálsdóttir, known professionally as Eivør, is a Faroese singer-songwriter with a distinct voice and a wide range of interests in various music genres spanning rock, jazz, folk, pop and European classical music. Her musical roots are in the Faroese ballads.
Jerry played our dobro first before we even met … It was during recording CD “Three Bells” with next two dobro-player stars, Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes, in 2012. Rob owned a squareneck we made for him few weeks ago, and brought it to the studio. Jerry was fascinated so much by the sound, that he just contacted us to ask for his own … Gerald Calvin "Jerry" Douglas is an American resonator guitar and lap steel guitar player. This “dobro master” and 14-time Grammy winner is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar - elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways.
We met with Eric several times during FUZZ Guitar Show in Gothenburg or Copenhagen Guitar Show before, but it was in Paris in March 2016, on Salon de la Belle Guitare where he played our baritone guitar again and decided to have her among his gear … Eric Charles Bibb is an American-born blues singer and songwriter. His distinctive musical style mixes blues with folk, R&B, gospel and soul. The sound is mainly on vocals and guitar fingerpicking.
During afterparty of Rob’s band Blue Highway concert in Prague in October 2012 we had a chance to let him test our all-mahogany squareneck resonator. And after several minutes of playing he made decision to add this dobro among his instruments. Rob Ickes is a Grammy winning dobro player. As the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of the IBMA Awards, he is one of living dobro icons …
We met with David during our visit at TFOA in September 2017. He chose our Custom HD-35 as a played instrument there and because the guitar needed some repairs and adjustments for him, we made them gladly and till now it’s his favourite guitar. David Ropertz is a young German guitarist, music producer and audio engineer. He plays both pop and classic music and performs solo as well as with other artists.
When Petr with his band Define Me were recording their first album in the Chapel studio, Dan was their producer. Petr invited him to our workshop and when he played our WOODSTOCK 500 with True Temperament frets, he was just sure, that such perfectly tuned guitar is the best choice for any studio recording. And so, we built one for him … Dan Weller is an award-winning producer, mixer, writer and guitarist, known for his work in rock and metal. Born in Liverpool, Dan is a founding member/producer of cult progressive metal band SikTh.
We encountered with Paul for the first time in Frankfurt during Musikmesse 2012. He was enthused by all our instruments, but into the strongest love he fell with our guitar bouzouki. We built one for him and he became our face during Musikmesse 2013. Since 2018 Paul plays also our tenor guitar. Paul O’Brien is a UK-born singer, songwriter and instrumentalist based in Canada, who spends his winters touring Europe. He has a gift for going straight to the emotional heart of the story and taking his listeners with him. His music has a new Celtic feel and songs are steeped in the acoustic tradition.
Thanks to our friend and German dealer Mr. Oliver Waitze from the New Acoustic Gallery, we met with Mike Marshall, one of the best mandolin and all mando-family instruments player. We are proud that he chose our mandocello MC-5 for himself. Michael James “Mike” Marshall is a virtuoso on the mandolin. He plays wide range of music styles, incl. bluegrass, jazz or classical music. He is not only a performer, he is also a music educator committed to passing on his knowledge through a variety of channels.
Ondřej is Roman's friend and one of the most talented contemporary Czech singers. He has performed in many musicals, participated in the realization of remarkable musical projects and belongs to the certainty of the Czech music scene. Ondřej Ruml is a Czech singer and actor with a wide range from jazz and swing to bluegrass.
Barcecue is Roman’s amateur bluegrass band. Roman plays his self-made dobro and a band leader and guitar player, Pavel Handlík, plays our TWENTY EIGHT dreadnought. Barbecue is the bluegrass band founded in 2002 in the heart of Europe in the Czech Republic. Their repertoire features, alongside the traditional and modern bluegrass, by their own songs. The performance of the Barbecue group emanates positive energy and good humour. As the band members say themselves: "We have fun at the stage and we pass it onto our audience."
Petr’s band, where he plays his own himself made electric bass guitar. Define Me is a modern rock band sprinkled with heavy guitars, intense drums, melodic vocals and a dreamy touch of samples & electronica. Born in 2015 and reborn in 2017 as a four piece, the members see the sky as their only limit.