President: Michael Spalt
"I'm happy and proud to be a part of this effort to foster a European community of luthiers. Moving to Europe from the US, I was struck by how insulated and fragmented the European scene presented itself, how very different from the communal spirit present among our colleagues overseas.
I was glad to find I wasn't the only one - from the spark struck at the 2011 Montreal show by a few fellow builders from various countries, we have come a long way in realizing the dream of an association dedicated to promoting the craft and art of luthierie in Europe across borders and national boundaries. Our goal is to showcase the talent, the rich variety of traditions and great innovations present in Europe today."
Vice President: Juha Ruokangas
"A guitar maker? A crazy combination of carpenter, musician, electrician, painter, designer, engineer - and sometimes a bit of a psychologist as well when dealing with the delicate minds of the artists...
When I was learning the craft of luthiery in the early 90's, there was no cell phone, internet or European Union. Every European country had their own money. People were isolated, but unaware of it. Today the whole world is within our reach - and yet, the grip of the past is still upon many of us, imprisoning our minds. This doesn't need to be!
I am happy and privileged to be one of the founding members of the European Guitar Builders association - an organization that may well change the course of history regarding contemporary guitar here in Europe."
Treasurer: Jacco Stuitje
"Back in the nineties I got the chance to become a luthier. The change from my former career in IT could not be greater: at once I was doing a job that felt ‘real’. Getting involved in the EGB and working with fellow luthiers across Europe to me has that same quality.
Luthiers joining their force and energy and achieving things no individual can achieve on their own is wonderful.
Europe is going through some rough patches in its time and here we are, trying to achieve what the European Union could not, thus far. Joining luthiers, their musicians and their music. "
Vice Treasurer: Frank Deimel
"I am part of the association, as it is our true chance to get guitar building back to our own culture. By being part of this community of great builders, we empower ourselves to focus on our roots of European guitar building, as well as to present the essence of this great culture in a unique show. As unique as our guitars are.
Music is a language between gesture and speech. To build a "tool" to express this emotion at its best, and to maintain and foster this ability in Europe is the main goal of this association for me."
Frank Deimel, 2013
Vice Secretary: Frédéric Pons
"I am deeply convinced that we gain a lot by joining our forces to promote our art, and it is time for us, European citizens but particularly guitar makers, to create that movement and be proud of our network.
Let's show the greatest European guitars through the most famous guitar show!"
Board Member: Andreas Neubauer
"We luthiers each have to face the challenges of today's fast paced marketing and economic realities and deal with them in a positive way.
The goal is to recognize these changes, to analyze them correctly and to make them work for one's business. Those who manage to do this can give their instruments an individual, unmistakable image within the large market dominated by mass production.
This goal is more easily achieved if we combine our experience and our knowledge and support each other. The goal of EGB is to foster collaboration and communication among European luthiers. I am proud to be a founding member of our association, as we embark together on a new journey."
Andreas Neubauer, 2013
Board Member: Adrian Lucas
With EGB we have many different backgrounds of culture, beauty, history and know-how that came together, making us feeling more evident the similarities than what make us different.
European guitarmaking melting pot has a common recognizable taste of aesthetic, ideas and originality, with an old know-how traditions."
Adrian Lucas, 2015
Board Member: Andrea Ballarin
The EGB is a good chance to open up possibilities, remove barriers, to cooperate with colleagues facing always similar challenges and creating positive synergies. With EGB we have many different backgrounds of culture, beauty, history and know-how that came together, making us feeling more evident the similarities than what make us different.
European guitarmaking melting pot has a common recognizable taste of aesthetic, ideas and originality, with an old know-how traditions.
Andrea Ballarin, 2015