1440 are currently designing and developing the new site to host this fantastic range of guitars and bespoke builds.
Learning His Craft
Balazs Prohaszka trained in Hungary in the great European luthiery traditions, learning the craftsmanship of stringed-instrument making and the meticulous skills of museum-grade restoration work. Yet, despite this remarkable training and experience – ranging from violins and double basses to lutes and bows – his original fascination with guitars remained. In 2003 this brought him to Northern Ireland – and the inspiring workshop of Lowden Guitars.
A number of years later, he was given the opportunity to redesign the entire acoustic line of the legendary Zemaitis Guitars range, which was about to be reissued by Kanda-Shokai in Japan.
Balazs later spent a couple of years as a consultant in guitar technology and design in the Far East, before returning to Northern Ireland, where he went on to develop some innovative inlay and bevel techniques for Avalon Guitars.
All of that diverse experience now goes into his own range of custom-built instruments.
Rory’s Dream Guitar
While 1440 design and develop the site, Balazs will be building a guitar for me (Rory). I have always dreamed of owning a high end acoustic guitar – never mind one built to my own specifications. The project is of great personal interest to me but is also a fascinating process for anyone interested in hand made craft and stunning design.
See My Guitar Come To Life
I will be using the 1440 twitter account to share the progress over the next few months – materials, techniques, finishes – everything necessary to turn a piece of wood into a beautifully crafted instrument. Follow #prohaszkaguitars to see the build as it progresses.