Theo Scharpach

“Theo was born  close to Vienna, Austria and is still proud to have the Austrian nationality although he moved to the Netherlands at an early age however been raised within the Austrian culture. His father was a watchmaker and he graduated with a diploma of Arts and later  got a diploma in restoration of antique furniture. He actually  knew I wanted to be a guitarmaker when he did the course of restoration.   

Now he has been a  guitarmaker for close to 40 years and has worked for some famous clients. (Al di Meola, Steve Howe, Chieli Minucci, Randy Bachman, Ahmet Kanneci , Camillo Sauvalle, Andreas Dombert and some famous collectors like Scott Chinery etc.)

He started building classical guitars and specialised in custom made guitars and later added the Archtop jazz guitar as it attracted my attention and passion.


All of his guitars are exclusively handmade. He wants to offer a guitar my guitar with many tonal colours, great dynamic range and yet to have an intimacy as I feel that is the true sound of the instrument called guitar."


                                                 VIENNA Archtop

The Vienna is made for the most passionate Archtop lover, player and collector. The architectural purity of the design gives the guitar a clean shape that presents the essence of the sound. All design details enhance the beauty and the basic shape of the guitar. All the proportions are perfectly balanced creating a very dynamic powerful elegance. Yet this is done without any extrovert features that would distract the eye. The Vienna uses exclusive unique hardware like hand-engraved tuning covers and tailpiece, solid silver tuning knobs and all fine gold-plated. It needs no saying that the woods used are out of old stock. Like out of the former old stock of Artur Lang. 

OPUS/5: Oval Hole acoustic Archtop:

This guitar was on my wish list for quite some years. Last year, after meeting with a German Guitar collector I had the opportunity to build one. He just had bought another guitar from my hand and somehow we came to discuss about my wish to build this guitar. He did not talk long and he commissioned to build it. The fully acoustic guitar is inspired by the early works of Orville Gibson around 1920-1930. I like the strong simplicity of the Design.

Of course I brought the Design back into the 21 first Century. The beautiful mellow Honey Blonde fits perfect to the beauty of the wood which is over 30 years old. 

The ViennaJOE is especially made for Philip Catherine. It is a small body 16" semi-acoustic Archtop Jazz guitar. It is light and versatile. Again using the same old woods out of the very old stock of Artur Lang.