About Eimers Guitars
My name is Leo Eimers. I live in Almere, a town near Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where also my guitar workshop is located. Besides a guitar builder (luthier) I am also a guitar player. I played the guitar in a Big Band for over 10 years, and played rhythm guitar in a gypsy jazz band named ‘Mojo Swing’ for many years. Above all, I’m a true fan of gypsy music and Django Reinhardt in particular.
The start of my career as a luthier, about 25 years ago, was triggered by the beautiful music of Django Reinhardt. Last year I celebrated my 20th anniversary as professional luthier. As I never succeeded in finding a good (and affordable) gypsy guitar in the style of Selmer/Maccaferri, I decided to build my own. I am a self-taught luthier and fascinated by this specific type of acoustic jazz guitar. The best learning moments for the craftsmanship of guitar construction, I experienced from adjusting and restoring guitars like Selmer, Favino, Busato,Castelluccia, Di Mauro and many others. The choices of wood, construction techniques and finish of these guitars have given me more insight in tone (voicing) and playability.
In the past years I have tried to embed these features in my own models, giving my guitars as much acoustic potential as possible. I construct guitars for players, with tone and playability as first priority. I value the feedback of players. A guitar is a very personal instrument therefore it is important to understand the ‘needs’ and the ‘feel’ players are looking for in a guitar.
Who will build your guitar?
Over the years many customers and visitors of my web site asked me how I work, and how many people are working at Eimers Guitars. The answer is that I started off alone and I am still doing all the work by myself. I consider myself a traditional luthier. I make all individual parts myself and build the guitars from start to finish. I feel that is my personal signature for a high quality guitar. So if you approach Eimers Guitars by e-mail or by phone you will always talk with the person who will build your guitar, and that’s me: Leo Eimers.
My guitars have been sold to customers in more than 27 countries worldwide. Most of these guitars where ordered and made according to specifications of the customer. Others bought a guitar from stock. Among my customers are both amateur players as professionals, like Stochelo and Nous’che Rosenberg, Boulou and Elios Ferre, Wawau Adler, Robin Nolan and many more. You can hear my guitars on many CD’s and DVD’s and read about them in magazines, newspapers and books. An accomplishment of many years of making and restoring Selmer style guitars, for which I sincerely and proudly wish thank all my customers.
I started building my first Maccaferri/Selmer type guitar about 15 years ago in a small (bed)room, with nothing more than a workbench and some standard hand tools. After that I moved to a house with a big garage in Ijsselstein.
This gave me the opportunity to buy a small band saw and a bigger workbench! After this starting period, I was able to rent a place in Vinkeveen where I had enough workspace, but was somewhat far from my home.
Finally, in 2004, I ended up in Almere where I can both live and work now. Although I have a bigger place to work, my approach to guitar making didn’t change much. My current workshop (140 square meters) is located directly next to my house in the town of Almere (near Amsterdam). It’s still not very large, but I am completely self supporting. It’s packed with workbenches, molds and wood. I also have a corner where I do metal work like making tuners (using a lathe). I also have a small spray booth where I finish (lacquer) the guitars. When I started to build guitars I made many tools myself, like clamps, presses, and even a thickness sander. Tools I still use after many years of guitar construction. In the workshop I have a small showroom where customers can play the guitars I have in stock.
| Eimers Guitars is
• Selmer style
• Hand crafted
• Original measurements
• Good tone & playability
• Replica tailpiece
• Shaller tuners