The ancient castle of Dowina – today’s Devin – is situated on the junction of the rivers Danube and Morava, between Bratislava (Slovakia) and Vienna (Austria). The 9th Century Latin (864 AD) Fulda Chronicle (Annales Fuldenses) says “Dowina – id est puella“. This translates as Dowina means a girl in ancient Slavonic language. Nowadays the castle ruins remind us of an era of great glory and are a luminous inspiration for sensitive artists. This magical place also gave birth to Dowina guitars. The guitars derive their name from this famous castle and its heritage.
Solid top Antique series – models Puella, Rustica, Marus and Danubius incorporate optimized soud quality/playability/
value-to-price ratio features. They are designed as a universal music instrument for daily playing and practicing.
Other than in violin construction, development of flattop guitars shape is not finalized yet and gives enough space for new
ideas, experiments and improvisations. This is also the idea realized in crafting of all solid Vintage series models. Their
names are not assigned randomly but are inspired by the local wine varieties – Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Cabernet.
Advanced guitars of Vintage series satisfy even the most demanding musicians; those who appreciate superior guitar
sound just as a connisseur appreciates superior wine. They are individually created with application of similar production
philosophy as applied for a master violin. Among other secrets this means:
◆ superior tone-wood selection
◆ individual graduatin the thickness of the top in specific areas to allow the to to flex more near the edges, and hence, gain
more of a deep, fundamental tone
◆ discrete bracing design according to top´s features
◆ tops are individually finally tuned to a basic harmonic tones in optimal tonal scale range started with H for more bass
reflection and chord play, C for finger picking up to D for solos in a band application
◆ each instrument is solitary crafted for professional application by our master luthiers
As the name gives, our Master series models are intended for professional application with the utmost challenge for tonal and handcrafting perfection. There are jewels and investment with raising value. Crafting of each master model is according to the individual tonal and material requirements of the final user. We can offer combination of very best top plates together with solid back and sides made from superior wood. Master models are Amber Road (Rosewood and flamed Maple), Acero (flamed Maple), Wenge, Granadillo and finally our flagship Cocobolo.