Stephan Schlemper

Alpine region at an altitude of 2,000 meters. This is where the spruce for Schlemper guitars comes from. All tone wood is seasoned for 10 years or more.

The cutaway makes playing in higher positions easier. The cutaway doesn’t leave you with “less guitar” in your hands, but it somewhat changes the instrument’s overtone structure. In the higher positions, you usually have a more balanced tone.

Elevated Fingerboard
If you don’t like a cutaway, an elevated fingerboard will make it easier to reach the higher positions.

Pick out your favourite tuning machine.
A specialty of all Schlemper guitars: the tuning machines are mounted with my friction-reducing A-fino bushings. This improves the performance of the tuning machine as well as its lifespan. Various tuning heads are available, ranging from a simple Gotoh to an Alessi or Freewheel. I also offer knobs that I handcraft from yew tree.


Choice of wood

If you like, we can rummage through my stash of wood together and find just the right top or back for you.

My wood collection dates back 30 years and offers a wide variety of long-seasoned treasures that are just waiting to be turned into unique guitars.

I build my instruments using spruce or red cedar tops. The backs and sides are made from high-quality Indian rosewood. Some great alternative rosewoods, and the white hardwoods like my cypress that comes from the old Spanish stock of legendary guitar builder Gerundino and can be an appealing choice, not only for flamenco guitars.


Double Top

This technology – the soundboard consists of two thin layers of wood – is an alternative to the traditional construction method. Instruments built in this way are highly responsive and emphasize the fundamental tone-colour. I would like to thank Gernot Wagner, the inventor of this building method, for his support.



Among other things, the extra bass string saves you tuning down to D.



Two additional bass strings, commonly tuned to D and C.