Prohaszka Guitars / CS1 / Guitar
Since 12th-fret neck jointed guitars are becoming more and more popular, I decided to design a classical inspired shape in that style. Most makers only transform an already existing 14th fret neck jointed model. The small sized lower bout would predict a small guitar, but the increased upper bout this instrument does not behave as a small bodied guitar. I found that the maple necks often have damping effect on the sound, and thus I used rosewood to give brightness to the higher register. With its special bracing pattern, this is my best sounding steel-string model.
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£2000.00,- / Approx. €2385.00,-
Prohaszka Guitars, UK
I am Balazs Prohaszka, a luthier from Hungary. I have been building musical instruments since 1994. I believe that a musical instrument can represent beauty or harmony only insofar as it is perfectly functional with flawless playability and rich sound.
My path as guitar builder began at a Hungarian school of lutherie where I learned to build and repair guitars, violins, and lute type instruments. Afterward, I worked in my teacher's workshop crafting all sorts of instruments with main focus on violins. In 1997 I went to work for a double-bass workshop where I built and restored double basses, many made be the best European makers dating as far back as the 17th century. The experience serves me well: few instruments are as diverse in music as the double bass—except the guitar.
I set up my own workshop in 2000 in a small Hungarian village and built mainly archtop guitars. Simultaneously, I worked for the well-known German bow maker Bernd Etzler. In 2003, I went to work for Lowden Guitars (now Avalon Guitars) in Northern Ireland and gained experience in every aspect of guitar manufacturing. After a while I developed several new designs and custom projects.
I continue to build my own guitars with a distinctive sound, design and building approach. Every guitar is an individual design to achieve a specific look and sound. All of my guitars are the result of individual discussion; every aspect of the guitar can be customised; and there are no limits to design and vision. I refuse any compromise in quality and vision.
Balazs Prohaszka can best be described as a master Luthier with a touch of East European magic. Coming to Northern Ireland from Hungary this great luthier feels just as much an Irishman as he does a Hungarian.
Making the finest guitars from the most exotic and choice tonal woods, Balazs Prohaszka's instruments are amongst the best in the world. Employed as a senior craftsman at the world famous Avalon Guitar Factory in N. Ireland, Balazs hand builds around 6 or 7 personal guitars each year in his spare time. Read more about Balazs in the profile page.
The time and devotion put into each instrument can only be appreciated after you have held, examined and played one of these lovely guitars. Please feel free to browse through the site. You can contact Balazs through the contact page for any questions about custom design, pricing, and availability.