Johann (Hans) Brentrup has been a woodworker all his life and a guitar and mandolin maker since the 1970’s. In the 1990’s he began building mandolins exclusively and has built over 250 mandolins and mandolas, earning the reputation of being one of the finest mandolin builders in the United States.

Of late, Hans has returned to building fingerstyle guitars. His instruments are heavily influenced by guitars of the 1920’s. He found Larson Brothers, Oscar Schmidt Stella and Holzapfel instruments most appealing, and has taken some of their innovations and combined them with his own design elements to produce some of the finest new old time guitars available.

Hans’ guitars feature highly arched backs and tops are cylindrically arched. Laminated wood bracings, Carbon Fiber tone tubes, X and ladder bracings, and hand made purflings taken from the 20’s are some of the other features of the instruments.

Please browse the pages and you will see the models and options of these modern “vintage” instruments.