Dan Koentopp: Chicago Manual of Style
"I love what I'm doing right now. I love not being rushed in the process," Koentopp says describing his current shop. On the future of DK Custom Guitars, he stresses his desire to maintain quality and the relationship he builds with customers. "My biggest concern is losing the relationships I have with the people I'm building for," he says. "I like spending this much attention and time on a single instrument.
The saddest thing is to have to sell one," Koentopp says half-jestingly. But you can sense that he truly grows attached to each instrument as he marshals them through the stages of development. And it's understandable given the amount of thought, technique and creativity he invests in each instrument. "He may be a guy at the start of his career, but he's an old soul," Thomas Cray muses. "He's an artist as well as a builder." And while it's true that DK Custom Guitars share a tone and feel bred of unsurpassed craftsmanship, they are also all stunningly beautiful.
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