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Koentopp Guitars

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.

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Koentopp “Warnock” Guitar Specs

 

  • Highly figured Redwood Burl top wood matched with a semi-hollow Salvaged Curly Redwood body
  • A set neck made of solid Birdseye Maple reinforced with carbon fiber
  • Rosewood with “Warnock” custom inlay
  • Double action truss rod with a non-invasive, hidden-heel adjustment
  • Callaham Hardware with brass compensated saddles
  • Custom Sheptone hand-wound pickups
  • High gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
  • Gotoh in-line tuners
  • 1 11/16” Nut width
  • 25.5” Scale
  • Contoured Heel

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From Dan Koentopp

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

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Matt Warnock Koentopp Guitar Model Pics

Matt Warnock Koentopp Guitar

Matt Warnock Koentopp Guitar

 

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Guilherme Vincens and Matt Warnock

Guilherme Vincens and Matt Warnock

Matt Warnock and Dan Koentopp

Matt Warnock and Dan Koentopp

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8 Comments

  1. rick bourne, July 11, 2011:

    The guitar looks similiar to a fender telecaster different design lines of course.Also the head of the guitar is different.

  2. Matt Warnock, July 11, 2011:

    yeah, I have a 66 tele and i wanted it to be similar, but with chambers for a more acoustic sound and lighter in weight. So it’s based on the Tele model with some upgrades, and the wood is very cool, very warm sounding.

  3. Serge, December 29, 2011:

    Hello again Matt,

    I just watched your great jam at the Venegs Music TV
    on YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHYKJqGdGmE

    and I must say your custom “tele-warnock” sounds really amazing: warm and full, perfect for classic jazz I guess. The funny thing about the video is that both jazzers play non-conventional for jazz axes and sound gerat :)

    Serge

  4. Matt Warnock, December 29, 2011:

    Thanks Serge, yeah some people think you can’t play jazz on a Tele or SG, but we managed to do so in that video! Was a great time in SP, fun city.

  5. Olivier, November 15, 2012:

    looks awesome, what about the price , is it affordable ?

  6. Matthew Warnock, November 15, 2012:

    Hey, the price differs on which wood and parts you choose, check out Dan’s site and email him for a quote on the guitar you are looking for. http://www.koentoppguitars.com/

  7. Jeff, October 14, 2013:

    Curious as to what the fretboard radius is? 12? 9.5?

  8. Matt Warnock, October 14, 2013:

    Hey, it’s 12.

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