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Over the past years we've seen individual countries forge associations, groups, or similar organizations to connect guitar builders with each other. Trade shows have come and gone, some were able to grow over the years and build a reputation, some have disappeared from the scene.

In several countries these associations have developed successfully, but mostly they have remained within their borders. The need to have something larger, something 'European' has been around for a while.

Finally, in 2012, after intense discussions at the Montreal Guitar Show, several luthiers decided to get together and start the process. In October of 2012 luthiers Juha Ruokangas, Frédéric Pons, Ulrich Teuffel and Frank Deimel came to Vienna to meet with Michael Spalt and Andreas Neubauer with the goal of founding an association intended to become a European-wide organization. Together with the support of Tania Spalt, Kora Jünger, Emma Elftorp and Jacques Carbonneaux they set down the parameters for the association.

In May 2013 their efforts solidified when the registration of the association was confirmed in Germany, to be called 'The European Guitar Builders, e.V.' (EGB), located in Berlin.


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EGB's News


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EGB Presidents' Blog

  • Welcome to the new EGB website and Forum!

    Dear Friends and Colleagues – welcome to the new EGB website and Forum! Just in time for the run-up to the EGB Symposium and The Holy Grail Guitar Show this fall, the new EGB platform has finally come online. First, and above all, a big Thank You to our webmasters – Jacco Stuitje and Sander …

    September 6, 2015
  • Next Year

    Last year was all about the first Holy Grail Guitar Show.  The EGB agenda had to take a backseat to this major effort – but I think it paid off handsomely.  The Show was an unqualified success!  Lots of visitors, good media attention and coverage, quite a few sales.  Above all the spirit present during …

    December 22, 2014
  • Almost There

    It has been hard to keep up with the blog, I have to admit – a lot of work organizing the show and then there were also the guitars that needed to be done.  They have now safely arrived in Berlin and so there’s a little time to catch up.  I’ll be following them tomorrow. …

    November 12, 2014
  • The Guitar Business is Changing….

    Interesting item in the news today – please check it out.  What this means for us independent builders is not quite clear yet – but it foreshadows a trend that will certainly change the nature of the guitar retail business.  We will be watching this closely… http://www.msretailer.com/msr/fired-fender/

    October 20, 2014
  • Must Read

    The new book Guitar Makers by Yale professor of anthropology Kathryn Dudley is a must read for anyone working in the field of guitar building. She touches on and explores  a lot of the themes and concerns which have led me personally to work on/for the creation of the EGB. Having experienced the American luthierie scene and …

    August 31, 2014
  • EGB Project / a Luthiers Dictionary

    Time for the first EGB project – we want to create a dictionary of luthier’s terms in as many European languages as possible.  This way luthiers will be able to communicate better among themselves across borders and also be able to communicte with their clients (at the Show and elsewhere).  The dictionary should include various sections covering the …

    August 25, 2014

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Join EGB

The European Guitar Builders association welcomes you to join our growing community!

The European Guitar Builders was founded with the goal of organizing the independent luthiers as well as people related to the field of guitar building all across Europe.
We offer various benefits for members - free literature, access to our forum, knowledge base and much more!


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