Completion of the master craftsman’s examination in plucked instrument making. Master guitar: CWG23 12-String – 12-string steel guitar with the also typical straight string course on the machine heads. Leadership of the title me. Andreas Cuntz – master guitar builder.
First “BodyNeck” Weissenborn models with a traditional design based on the original Hermann Weissenborn lapsteel guitars of the 1920s. Optimised in sound and stability.
First acoustic basses made to customer order in the style of the CWG23 models.
Opening of the own workshop in Groß-Rohrheim. Repair work of all kinds on acoustic and electric guitars and basses, construction of my own CUNTZ CWG23 models. The FIRST repair customer who entrusted me with his instrument became a trusted friend over the next few years and was largely responsible for the creation of the “BodyNeck Weissenborn” and “MARIE” models in the years to come. Without this happy start, the friendship with MARTIN HARLEY (see 2006) would never have come about.
Completion of the journeyman’s examination as a plucked instrument maker with distinction of the 1st Federal Prize of German Craftsmanship.
Development and construction of the CWG23 guitar model with a straight string run from the nut to the machine heads – the resulting optimised tuning stability and even response of all strings characterise the CWG23 models to this day. The first prototype, No. 0001, is in the family’s extended “23” that gives it its name.
After graduating from high school and completing his civilian service, he began training to become a plucked instrument maker, among other things at the state-recognised vocational school for violin making and plucked instrument makers in Mittenwald.