On my visit to Leuven, Belgium in spring 2019, I had a pleasure of trying out several guitars made by luthier Maarten van Guyse.
Projection, colors and overall playability of his guitars is of highest class. What also struck me was the variety and consistency his different models present.
Craftsmanship is beautiful and detailed. Highly recommended.
Concert and recording artist
Professor at Norwegian Academy of Music
The guitars of Maarten van Guyse show a deep embrace of true classical guitar maker craftsmanship with modern sound aspects, which is very rare. Most of the guitars either tend to a clear traditional sound or focus on a modern folkloristic blend.
For my sound approach concerning the EUROPEAN GUITAR QUARTET (with Zoran Dukic, Pavel Steidl and Reentko Dirks) I was looking for an instrument based on a profound classical sound on a very high level and with all the dynamics, but in addition with enormous flexibility and a real punch. What I found luckily – was his guitar. The second he ever made.
I tried many guitars of Maarten van Guyse, and each of them are exceptional. The one I play is a lifetime instrument. He is a genius.