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Fern's Weissenborn styles

Since 2006 I make Weissenborn guitars with mahogany wood. Allthough the original guitars were made from the Hawaiian Koa wood, I get a better tone from mahogany. I have lots of experience with mahogany and a better 'feel' with the wood.In the past I made also Weissenborns from bubinga, sitka spruce and even Dutch oak wood with good results.

Just like any guitar I try to achieve for the Weissenborn a good balance between a light build instrument and an instrument that is strong enough to whitstand the string tension. I keep the construction of the Weissenborn very close to the originals.

Just like Hermann I make Weissenborn guitars in a few 'styles'. Style 2, Style 3 and Style 4 are all constructed similair and with the same wood types. They are only different in decoration.

style-4 weissenborn head

Style 1

  • Single maple soundhole inlay
  • Dot fretboard inlay
  • Rosewood binding around top and back
weissenborn style-1

Style 3

  • Soundhole inlay with a traditional robe pattern
  • Traditional fretboard inlay
  • Traditional robe bindings around top and fretboard
  • Rosewood binding around the back
weissenborn style-3

Style 4

  • Soundhole inlay with a traditional robe pattern
  • Traditional fretboard inlay
  • Traditional robe bindings around head and fretboard
  • Traditional robe bindings around top and back
weissenborn style-4

Solid mahogany

The Weissenborn has a solid mahogany top, sides and back. I select mahogany like other tone woods. The top and back are plained and cut in a way they both enhance the guitars tone and and are well balanced in the instrument. Pieces of mahogany with the nicest patterns I reserve for the Style 4.

All mahogany used in the workshop is legal and have the right certifications if neccesary. This makes it safe to travel with the instrument or to ship the instrument outside the European Union.

Grover Sta-tite tuners

The Weissenborn has modern 18:1 Grover Sta-Tite tuners with brass posts. The open gear is easy to lubricate.

grover sta-tite tuners


Bone parts

bone saddle and bridge pin

The bridge of the original Weissenborn had a piece of fretwire installed instead of a saddle. I make Weissenborn bridges close in dimension to the originl bridge but I use a bone saddle and bone bridge pins. The topnut is also made from bone. This can improve the brightness of the instrument.

bone saddle and bridge pin

original details

The Style 3 & Style 4 have a robe pattern inlay just like the original instruments from the twenties. I make this inlay parts by hand in the workshop. Take a look at the construction images..

original soundhole robe pattern

Made in Amsterdam.

Made one by one for you in the workshop.


  • Solid mahogany top, back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard, 19 positions, 25" scale
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Bone bridge saddle, topnut and bridgepin
  • Grover Sta-tite tuners
  • Naturel PU laquer.
  • Gigbag
  • Five years warranty
  • Three months construction time

Style 1   € 1500,00

Style 3   € 1750,00

Style 4   € 2000,00

K&K pure mini pickup
installed:    + € 150,00

weissenborn specifications overview