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Richard Heeres

  • Heeres Guitars
  • Guitar maker
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • Master Artisan
Richard Heeres Guitar maker
Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish
By appointment only
+31 622863584
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Striking the right note

  • • Richard is excited by the life he creates when making a new guitar
  • • He conserves tradition adding a mechanical twist
  • • His greatest compliment is to be asked to make another guitar

For Richard Heeres, it all began with the need for a new guitar when he was in a band. By chance, he spotted an advert in a music magazine advertising a workshop to build your own guitar, in Canada. In the few months it took to build his first guitar – a Dreadnought – it soon became clear that guitar building was his calling. With a background in carpentry and mechanical engineering, the craft of guitar building brought the two disciplines together in perfect unison. Since then, he has built guitars of all kinds, from Thin line Electrics and Archtops to Nylon- and Steel-string guitars. For Richard, a well made guitar is only that when the result lives up to both his and the customer’s expectations. As much as the appearance, it is about tone, getting it just right.

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Montreux Model Archtop guitar

This instrument was crafted for New York guitarist Nir Felder, whose initials are inlaid in the ebony tailpiece. The top is carved from Master Grade Spruce, giving the guitar a broad sound, while retaining the strong focus that makes archtop guitars so popular.

Length 63.5 cm
Width 41 cm
Height 8 cm

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Geneva Nylon Jazz Model guitar

The top of this 7-string guitar was re-designed for the multi-scale set-up. The trebles of this instrument are warm, yet the bass remain tight. Commissioned by the great Lionel Loueke (Herbie Hancock), it can be heard on his 2020 album ‘HH’.

Length 66 cm
Width 37 cm
Height 10 cm

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Small Jumbo Model Steelstring guitar

The Small Jumbo model sounds bigger than one would expect from a guitar of this size. On the model, pictured here, the fanned frets give the player a very even string tension across the fretboard and an excellent string to string balance.

Length 64 cm
Width 38 cm
Height 11 cm

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Double-neck Acoustic guitar

Made for Terence Hansen, this guitar was developed for his two-hand tapping technique. The body is reinforced with carbon fibre rods to withstand string tension. The necks are mounted to the body with a quick-release system for ease of transportation.

Length 63 cm
Width 41 cm
Height 10 cm

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