Pre War Guitars
A different kind of vintage-style guitar
Pre War Guitars was founded on the basis of building a different kind of vintage-inspired guitar; one that has the sound, the feel, and the look to match the glorious classics that were made in the late 1930s. As founders Wes Lambe and Ben Marschal put it: “to us it’s simple. We love perfectly setup, adjustable, old sounding, and old/beat up looking guitars, and that’s exactly what we make”. And at Kauffmann’s Guitar Store we salute them for doing so. Their guitars are truly something else.
Why we sell Pre War
At KGS, we only carry brands we truly believe in. Here are the some of the key reasons we sell Pre War Guitars:
- Very accurate reproduction of “Golden Era” guitars from Martin and Gibson
- Looks like an 80 year old guitar. Sounds very much like an old guitar
- Modern day build quality and playability
- If you love old guitars but do not have €30.000,- plus to spare
Being big fans of pre war era guitars ourselves, we love the idea of a new vintage guitar. They feel, look, and sound deceivingly close to the real thing, but don’t require the same level of maintenance of a guitar that was built 80+ years ago. Pre War Guitars make instruments that have the best of both worlds, and we invited Dutch guitarist Martijn van Agt to demo them for you.
Our Pre War Demo
International Herringbone Granadillo
A dreadnought cannon that uses no endangered species. It has a big bark, but lots of warmth as well. The chords are sweet, and the single notes are punchy and warm. Granadillo looks very similar to old growth brazilian, more so than a lot of new rosewood. The bottom four strings are almost indiscernible from brazilian tonally, the top two strings have more of a mahogany-meets rosewood punch and warmth.
REVIEWS & DEMOS
HOW IT ALL STARTED
There is no one better to tell the story of how Atkin Guitars came into existence than Alister Atkin himself.
SEE HOW THE MAGIC HAPPENS
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the Atkin workshop and learn how they finish their guitars
1 HOUR ATKIN DEEP DIVE
This is another great video about Atkin Guitars which outlines how they’re built, what they look like, and most importantly, what they sound like.