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Eyestone Guitars by Leonhard Augenstein Interview

Eyestone Guitars by Leonhard Augenstein Interview

 

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NAME: Leonhard Augenstein, Eyestone Guitars

LIVING IN : Bavaria, Germany

TRAINING & BACKGROUND: I am a professional industrial designer with tons of experience in doing prototypes and other stuff. Books and DIY were my teachers when I stepped more and more into the lutherie.

PLAYING: Guitar, of course.

NAME OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL BAND : Van Goghūüėä

LUTHIER YOU ADMIRE THE MOST: George Lowden

INSTRUMENT YOU DREAM TO HAVE ONE DAY: My best own one.

LAST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT: Jacques Stotzem

LAST MUSIC SONG YOU PUT IN YOUR CAR: I hear you ‚Äď Luka Bloom

LAST SHOW YOU WENT TO : Jacques Stotzem Guitar Night

MOST IMPRESSIVE INSTRUMENT YOU EVER HAD IN HAND: Grand Orchestra

MOST STRANGE RESTORATION OR REPAIR YOU HAD TO DO : Ancient Gambe and Fiddle

 

 

Eyestone Guitars - Leonhard Augenstein
Eyestone Guitars – Leonhard Augenstein

 

 

 

Eyestone Guitars by Leonhard Augenstein Interview – Can you tell us what you consider to be the most important thing when you design a guitar ? What is your process of creation and how does it often start?

 

The wood combination of back & sides with the top. It starts with one of my 3 basic forms/designs and from there everything is developing step by step.

 

 

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Eyestone Guitars - Leonhard Augenstein
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Eyestone Guitars by Leonhard Augenstein- Can you present us your flagship models ?

 

My best selling model is the A-Model.

Guitar players like it because of its unique look and the very special bridge design which supplies very balanced tone.

 

 

Eyestone Guitars - Leonhard Augenstein
Eyestone Guitars

 

Eyestone Guitars - Leonhard Augenstein
Eyestone Guitars

 

 

Eyestone Guitars - Leonhard Augenstein
Eyestone Guitars

 

 

Eyestone Guitars by Leonhard Augenstein Interview – According to you, what is the most impactful thing in the instument sound ? The woods ? the building technique ? what should a buyer ask for when he want to order an instrument when he was to be sure he is ordering the right instrument for him?

 

The woods and then the building technique.

 

You can not make a maple wood guitar sound like a rosewood guitar and vice versa. And of course the design of my bridge which supplies a very balanced and even tone!

His idea of sound expectation is very important. What kind of wood does he want to see in the coming decades of having the instrument in hands? Then of course neck width, scale length and preferred playing style (finger picking or flat picking), the perfect playability!

 

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Eyestone Guitars by Leonhard Augenstein Interview – For a custom instrument, can you explain your process? What are your average delays? And how do you advise your customer? What questions do you ask him so that his instrument is perfectly adapted to his expectations?

 

Currently my waiting list is one year.

 

If a client wants to purchase a guitar he has two options: He can visit me in my workshop and try different guitars that are always around here. Then he can either buy an already existing guitar or he can sit down with me and we can discuss the specs for his guitar that he wants me to build for him. He can also order online like twoof my current clients are doing. I will ask him all the sizes and measurements he wants to find in his guitar. I will watch him playing and I will give him my recommendations if he is not sure. Finally, each one of my guitars is unique and individual and it will make the buyer happy.

 

 

Eyestone Guitars - Leonhard Augenstein
Eyestone Guitars

 

Eyestone Guitars - Leonhard Augenstein
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Eyestone Guitars - Leonhard Augenstein

 

 

 

Eyestone Guitars by Leonhard Augenstein –¬†Do you have famous musicians playing on your models ? If so, can you tell us who ??

 

Not yet. I have a number of locals from Bavaria that are playing my guitars. Some famous ones asked for cooperation but this is still pending and will be decided within the coming months

 

 

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Luthiers.com brings together luthiers from all over the world. According to you, how is the German lutherie different?

 

Here in Germany we have a lot of good luthiers working in a rather big market. We have good lutherie schools and a pretty high standard in quality.

 

 

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Where can we buy your instruments? Can we try them somewhere? Will you participate to some guitar shows ?

 

 

Directly from me. Visit my website www.eyestone-guitars.de . There you will find all necessary infos as well as a number of photos on the guitar gallery.
You can also come to visit me and try guitars here in my test room. I have participated this year in the guitar summit in Mannheim and intend to do so again next year.

 

 

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You can contact Eyestone Guitars
using the contact form on his personal page on Luthiers.com here
 :

https://luthiers.com/listing/eyestone-guitars/

 

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