Koen van der Meij


VanderMeij Guitars is a one man custom guitar shop. Koen van der Meij (1989) started playing guitar at the age of 13. While practising much, playing in bands and trying a lot of guitars, Koen developed a critical eye and ear for the playability, looks and sound of a guitar. It was after a couple of years that he knew he wanted to make his own guitars.


At the age of 17 Koen started his education at a vocational school for woodworking, graduating four years later with both an acoustic and electric guitar.


Having fallen in love with the craft of making guitars, Koen continued to build electric guitars besides his daytime job in the wood trade. He eventually applied for an internship at a renown Dutch bass builder where he learned all ins and outs of fine instrument building.


After several builds led to inquiries for custom guitars and the first prize at the Dutch guitar builders meeting, Koen realized he wanted to take the leap: the smal shed he worked from was not sufficient anymore. In January 2015, Koen found a workshop in Amsterdam and VanderMeij Guitars was officially founded. The 90 square meter workshop was completed with all kinds of woodworking machines, an office/showroom and in 2016 with a professional spraybooth. Since then, all guitars can be built from start to finish in Amsterdam!




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