When I first met Dan Koentopp in Chicago back in 2009, I knew immediately that this was a guy who knew more about guitars than anyone I had ever met. After playing one of his archtops, and later his classical and solidbody models, I realized that not only was Dan extremely knowledgeable about the guitar, but that he made truly spectacular instruments, the likes of which I had never played before.
During the following months and years, I was able to see Dan grow as a builder and after becoming tired of my Telecaster and PRS models that I was playing at the time, I entered into and endorsement deal with Dan in April of 2010. One year later, due to Dan’s ever increasing waiting list for one of his guitars, Dan delivered the Matt Warnock Koentopp guitar, and it’s been glued to my hands ever since.
The guitar is simply the best-made instrument that I’ve ever played. It is light weight, perfectly balanced, has an enormous tone and an acoustic quality that I have yet to hear from another guitar in any price range. At first I was a bit tentative to give up my trusty Tele and PRS, but after playing Dan’s guitar for 5 minutes, I knew that I had made the right choice. Not only am I a big fan of Dan’s guitars, but I have recommended them to many of my friends who have bought archtops, solidbodies and classical guitars from Dan, all of whom love his instruments and swear by his craftsmanship.
This chambered set neck is meant for those who strive for a rich and versatile sound with an ease of playability. Each Koentopp electric guitar is completely crafted by hand. Every neck is hand set, shaped, finished, and fretted to exacting standards. The finest woods, hand made pickups, combined with the master craftsmanship of Koentopp Guitars, make this an amazing instrument at an affordable price.
My goal was to build a guitar that would blend perfectly with Matt’s creative spirit and influence it. After spending a lot of time with Matt, I began to organize thoughts about the way he plays music. Together we worked out specific ideas that helped define this guitar. I chose the Redwood back not only because Matt was instantly attached to this wood but because it would give the guitar a clear sound. I paired it with a Redwood Burl top. This wood was visually stunning and it made so much sense when paired with the Redwood body. It came out really nice and in the end I hope he’s as happy as me! Thanks Matt! -Dan Koentopp