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The ancient castle of Dowina – today’s Devín – is situated on the junction of the rivers Danube and Morava, between Bratislava (Slovakia) and Vienna (Austria). Its name was mentioned in the 9th Century Latin Fulda Chronicle (Annales Fuldenses), which says that Dowina means 'a girl' in the ancient Slavonic language: “Dowina – id est puella“. 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 and they derive their name from this famous castle and its heritage.

Our production program

The solid top Antique series, including the Puella, Rustica, Marus and Danubius, incorporates optimized sound quality, playability and great value-to-price ratio features. They are designed for daily playing and practicing.

Different from violin construction, the development of flattop guitar shapes is still evolving and provides space for new ideas, experiments, and improvisation. This idea is realized in all our solid Vintage series models. Their names are not assigned randomly but are inspired by the local wine varieties – Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Cabernet. Advanced guitars in the Vintage series satisfy even the most demanding musicians; those who appreciate superior guitar sound just as a connoisseur appreciates superior wine. They are individually crafted using a similar production philosophy as for a master violin. Among other secret traits, this means:

◆ a superior tone-wood selection
◆ individual graduation of the thickness of the top in specific areas to allow it to flex more near the edges, and hence, gain
more of a deep, fundamental tone
◆ discrete bracing design according to the top's features
◆ tops are individually tuned to basic harmonic tones in an optimal tonal scale range
◆ each instrument is individually crafted for professional application by our master luthiers

Our Master series models are intended for professional players who require the utmost attention to detail. These are jewels for your collection and investment pieces with a rising value. Each Master model is crafted according to the tonal and material requirements of the user. We offer a combination of the very best top plates together with a solid back and sides all made from luxurious, top-quality wood. The Master models are Amber Road (rosewood and flamed maple), Acero (flamed maple), Wenge, Granadillo and finally, our flagship Cocobolo.

Our history started in 1979 in Devin Village with the creation of a violin workshop overlooking the castle. Afterwards came the concept of unique guitars, inspired by the violin maker’s know-how, experiences and intuition, each one perfect and individual. As from 2010 we are moved to our larger property in Devinska Nova Ves, encompassing a production center, warehouse, custom shop and administration.
Creation process
It all starts with the selection of the materials used. Of crucial importance for guitar sound is the acoustic quality of the top plate and bracings, requiring superb stiffness with little weight. As a standard we utilize either selected Sitka or Cedar from Alaska / West Coast USA. Furthermore we use selected Spruce from the Dolomite Alps – Val di Fiemme, Italy. Among other superior features it has an extraordinary acoustic ratio “A”.
Each guitar is unique and takes many hours of master crafting before it became state of the art between handcrafted guitars, With final quality control we can give our promise that each one of our Dowina guitars will play beautifully and easily. It is an instrument from musician to a musician, form friend to a friend…