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A super cool collaboration from VanderMeij Guitars endorsed artists and artist customers.

Big thanks to Stephanos Marangos for initiaiting this, Jamie Slays for putting it on his Youtube Channel and of course to everyone who participated.


So what are you waiting for... Go Check It Out!!

20/12/2020 Magistra at youtuber jamie slays

I sent one of my recently finished Magistras over to Jamie from the Youtube channel Jamie Slays! Check out his latest videos to see some VanderMeij Magistra action!

13/7/2020 Guitar summit canceled

Due to the coronavirus the Guitar Summit in Mannheim is canceled this year. Therefore the guitars I built for the show will be for sale directly, brand new and never played! Find them under Instruments - In Stock.
Hope to see you in Germany in 2021!

28/1/2020 NAMM-SPAM

The NAMM show in Anaheim was a great success and definitely worth repeating! Enjoy these vids:

17/12/2019 - bass release: Maximus

I’m proud to present the Maximus: the VanderMeij bass guitar! After a year of designing, trying, tweaking and building I’m beyond excited of how these two 5-string beasts turned out.

I will take them to NAMM for everyone there to try out.

These two are 34"-37" multiscale fivestrings, loaded with Darkglass Electronics tone capsules and Haussel pickups they sound as brutal as they look.

I will be working on a Maximus page and order form on the website, but if you have questions already hit me up via the contact form or social media!


NAMM 2020

VanderMeij Guitars will be at the next NAMM show.
I am working hard to present a nice variety of Magistras and the Maximus that will be launched this fall.

Come and visit us in Hall D, booth 3240!


I´ve sent the latest Magistra I finished to Milian from the YouTube channel Soulhenge to review. Check out the review video he made! 

22/6/2019 welcome to the family: distant!

Nouri and Vladimir from Distant are now officially members of the VanderMeij guitars family! I'm looking forward to work together with these guys.

19/04/2018 new artist: Juuso soinio

We are proud to welcome Juuso Soinio to the VanderMeij Guitars family! Juuso is best known as guitarist and one of the founding members of the the Finnish heavy metal band Battle Beast. He is currently touring the USA with his freshly finished sixstring Magistra, loaded with an Evertune bridge. Juuso brought the woods on the top and headstock from Finland to Amsterdam himself when he visited during the building process!


“In 2017 I was looking for suitable guitar manufacturer to collaborate with. I was hoping for something personal and unique”, tells Juuso. “I heard about VanderMeij guitars from Merel (Bechtold) when we crossed ways with Delain on our US tour. After testing one of their showcase guitars for a few weeks I was impressed with the quality and sound, it was an easy choice to go ahead and order a custom build!”


VUUR guitarists Jord and Ferry made a playthrough video for the song Freedom - Rio. Recorded at the best place - the VanderMeij Guitars workshop!


VanderMeij Guitars artist Merel Bechtold released her first playthrough video for her new Purest of Pain album! From now on, you can expect a new video every 23rd of the month. Enjoy!


Great news! We've been selected to exhibit at The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2018. The show will be in Berlin on 5-6 May. Of course we will make sure we have some special guitars to show off - so come and check them out!

08/09/2017 VUUR releases new video

VUUR released their first video for the song My Champion - Berlin. Of course featuring VanderMeij Guitars artists Jord Otto and Ferry Duijsens using their Magistras. Go check it out!

28/06/2017 - Vandermeij guitars for vuur

We’re very proud to announce our endorsement of Jord Otto and Ferry Duijsens, the guitarists of Anneke van Giersbergen’s new band VUUR. Both already received their first sevenstring custom guitars earlier this month, which have been used for VUUR’s very first but already sold-out show.


Jord, who’s also known from My Propane, The Blackest Grey and ReVamp, found out about VanderMeij Guitars on a guitar show in Groningen. ‘Koen is a true artist! He knows how to make THE killer axe. Not only does he make the most beautiful guitars, playing and hearing his guitars is like a dream come true.’ Bandmate Ferry, who will also play three sold-out shows with Ayreon in 013 Tilburg, was sold immediately when testing some guitars in the workshop. 'VanderMeij Guitars stands for true craftsmanship. The sound, playability, materials, appearcance and esthetics: all these elements are the best of the best! It's a great honour to play on a guitar of this quality.'



VUUR has a lot of tourdates coming up, so check them out to see some VanderMeij action!


It’s with great pride that we announce our endorsement of Merel Bechtold. She has earned her stripes playing guitar for Delain, The Gentle Storm, MaYan and Purest of Pain. Merel has recently toured Canada and the USA with Delain, playing a sevenstring Magistra live for the first time in Toronto tonight.


“I never heard of VanderMeij Guitars before, but was immediately impressed when I looked up pictures and just had to give them a try”, Merel tells. “Besides the supersexy looks of the guitars, they’re exactly what I am looking for in terms of feel, stability and sound. I tested two Magistras in Hedon, Zwolle, with Delain and these guitars turned out to be perfect for what I’m doing now.”


Picture by Jimmy Israël.

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