Kolya Panhuyzen, Germany
Master German guitar maker Kolya Panhuyzen was born in Berlin in 1941. He was exposed to the classical guitar at an early age. His father played the instrument, and as a youngster Kolya often fell asleep to the sound of Tarrega and Sor studies that his father played on the guitar. .

Edgar Mönch, his uncle, was a highly respected luthier whose guitars were played by Julian Bream, Jorge Morel, and John Williams. Inspired by his uncle, Kolya Panhuyzen became a frequent visitor and observer in the Mönch workshop. It was here in 1967 where he built his first guitar. Two more guitars followed in 1968. It was in this workshop where he also began making parts for his uncle´s instruments. When Edgar Mönch returned to Germany in 1971, Panhuyzen joined him as an apprentice. Panhuyzen established his own workshop in Toronto in 1974 and later set up a second shop in Germany in 1992.

Kolya Panhuyzen builds only one guitar at a time - slowly, lovingly, meticulously - so as to maximize his focus on wood choice, soundboard and body tuning, and workmanship. Panhuyzen's guitars are esteemed for their balance, wide color palette, clear singing trebles, sonorous basses, overall flexible musical sound, projection, and easy playability.

All in all Kolya Panhuyzen has made more than 400 guitars which are played by professional musicians and advanced students. Guitarists who have performed or recorded on Panhuyzen guitars include: Jury Clormann, Carlo Domeniconi, Zoran Dukic, Giovanni Grano, Helmut Jasbar, Hubert Käppel, Dale Kavanagh, Matt Palmer, Sonja Prunnbauer, Nathasja van Rosse, Raphaella Smits, and Laura Young.

Panhuyzen guitars come in a variety of models. His standard model has a more or less traditional fan-braced soundboard. Lattice bracing and sandwich top guitars are available on request. An elevated fingerboard has become a popular option, and Panhuyzen's Fleta reproduction has found ready acceptance in the last six years.

Possible materials include: European spruce, Sitka spruce, Engelmann spruce, Western red cedar, and sequoia for the soundboard; Indian rosewood, maple, and ziricote for the body; Spanish cedar or Honduras mahogany for the neck; and African ebony for the fingerboard. For tuning machines the player can choose between Baljak, Gotoh, and Rodgers.
Kolya Panhuyzen