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Koentopp Guitars – Shop Visit + Photos

Written by:
Evan La Ruffa
Mar 10, 2011

IPMM x Koentopp Guitars : Shop Visit – Pt. 1

IPMM has known what Koentopp Guitars would become since the late 90’s…but we’re not claiming clairvoyance –  we had the unfair advantage of being there when he built his first guitar as a high school student.  Since then, it’s been obvious that making guitars is what DK was supposed to do – his mind is made for it.  Simply put, Dan thinks in guitars.  To some of us, math comes easy, then there are others who think in words… to Dan Koentopp, guitars build themselves in his head before he’s shaped a single guitar neck.  His instruments have been lauded by musicians and guitar enthusiasts, but the only way to understand the level of quality and craftsmanship involved, is to hold and play one, yourself.

If you’re a guitarist – Dan’s work is a must-see.  Recently, IPMM had the privilege of hangin’ out at Dan’s shop in the Mayfair neighborhood of Chicago’s near West side, and we’re happy to share the shots we got of DK in action. Besides creating custom guitars from scratch, he also handles repairs, and the diligent manner in which he attends to any instrument just further proves how self-motivated Dan is.  He does things the right way because he can’t help himself. This dude wants it perfect, and if you’re buying a custom guitar, you should expect nothing less.

Enjoy a series of in-process photos of his latest project, as well as DK attending to a few repairs.

All photos by Evan La Ruffa. See the FULL SET on the IPMM Photo Page!

Check out Dan’s website

Written by:
Evan La Ruffa
Mar 10, 2011

tags: chicago, koentopp guitars