Darren R. Hippner Parlor Guitar
This sweet all-solid parlor guitar from Darren R. Hippner of Point Roberts, Washington was built in 2002 and features an Englemann Spruce top and East Indian book-matched Rosewood sides and back and a dark Ebony fingerboard. It has a pleasing full-range tone, and plays comfortably. Nut width 1 11/16", scale length 24 7/8". Comes with a hard case.
From Mr. Hippner's website:
"Darren R. Hippner builds his guitars himself in his one man shop. There are no associates, apprentices, students, or employees. Every Hippner guitar is handcrafted by Darren alone using primarily hand tools and satisfying Darren’s four core principles By working alone, he has total control over every phase of building and can produce more consistently fine musical instruments. He maximizes the potential of each piece of wood by voicing the wood and shaping the thickness graduations individually using touch, feel & tap-tones, the same way old master Italian violin luthiers and master Spanish guitar luthiers worked.
Darren comes from a family of carpenters & cabinet makers and is a 4th generation carpenter/cabinet maker. His great grandfather emigrated to America from Germany working as a carpenter & cabinet maker. Both his grandfather and father were home-builders & cabinet makers so it was natural for Darren to learn the fundamentals of woodworking.
Darren has been a professional luthier building guitars full time since 1994. As of 2012 his total production is over 700 guitars.
Darren’s guitars are owned worldwide. A prolific builder with a very strong work ethic, he continues to learn and perfect his techniques always striving to make better instruments. He lives in Point Roberts, Washington. A very small island peninsula off the North West coast of Washington State and bordering Canada. It’s a very quiet and isolated location which affords him the opportunity to focus entirely on his craft of building guitars.