Guitar Gallery

Johan van der Gaag has kindly donated a custom made guitar for raffle at the 2023 Marton Country Music Festival. Every registration gets one entry, and you can purchase more tickets at the festival for $5 each. Cash only please.

In case you haven’t heard, van der Gaag Guitars are manufacturers of guitars, Mandolins, Dobro and Irish bouzoukis for those who love high quality in workmanship and sound. The instruments are handmade and custom built, according to your wishes, sky is the limit. 

All guitars are made from New Zealand timbers, like Kauri, Ancient Kauri, Taraire, Black Maire, Puriri, Puketea, Rewarewa and a few others. Johan also builds with traditional timbers like Rosewood, Koa, Maple, and all the Spruces, but his heart goes out to all those native woods.

This year the guitar donated for the Marton Country Music Festival’s wood is Taraire. The binding is mahogany, the neck is American black walnut, and the fret board is black Maire. The bridge pins are beef bone.

You can make your own as van der Gaag Guitars has an instrument making workshop where you can build your very own instrument guaranteed top of the range quality. There are courses one night a week from 6 pm to 9 pm for locals. The course takes an average of 20 weeks to complete an instrument.

The average cost is NZD 3,000 plus GST and includes all materials and your choice of either NZ native or exotic woods. If you are outside the Cambridge/Hamilton area and are in need of accommodation or a full time day course, ring van der Gaag guitars for a quote. Johan also provides the opportunity for you to undertake a week long course with accommodation, so give him a call if you’re interested!

“Your Guitar or Bouzouki will always be 100% unique and 100% “your very own”.

Go to for more information and the opportunity to build your own guitar, just like the one van der Gaag guitars are supplying for our 2023 Festival.

Here are some pics of the Marton Country Music Festival guitar being made: