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 crafts 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, VanderMeij Guitars was founded in 2013. Soon after, the shed Koen was working in was not sufficient anymore. In January 2015, Koen found a workshop in Amsterdam. It 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!