classical guitars made with love & passion

VIKTOR FOGAS classical guitar maker


My workshop

My guitar maker workshop is located in Central Europe, in the city of Budapest, capital of Hungary. It's on the quiet outskirts of the city, some streets away from plough-lands, small forests, lakes and riding-schools. Here I can go away from the noise of this big city and concentrate on my work all day long. My workshop is quite small and there are no big woodworking machines, but it is well-equipped with a lot of very special hand-tools for fine woodworking and musical instrument making. These special tools come mainly from Japan, USA, Switzerland, UK and Germany. I buy the extra fine exotic tonewoods from professional (FSC, CITES, etc. certified) tonewood suppliers from Spain and Germany. The perfect air dried and aged European spruce bracing material comes from violin maker friends' supplies.

My life today

I'm a husband, a father and a guitarmaker at the same time. I have a wonderful wife and five children. I'm a born-again christian, I love God's Word and I am living a Bible studying and praying life. I believe that the gift of guitarmaking and other talents are given to me by God.

I like nature and going out with my family. I listen mainly to Baroque music. My favourite composer is J. S. Bach. My other favourites are Italian dishes and Italian cars. I have a Fiat Brava made in 2001 (for me the most beautiful car in the world :-) and a 7 person Lancia Zeta made in 1996.

I'm also interested in informatics. I use Linux for desktop operating system and open source software for all of my computer work. (I like the funny penguin...) I'm also developing my website myself.

Studies and practice

I studied English, German, Spanish and Italian languages, informatics, electronics, economics, music history, etc. and finally musical instrument making at workshops of various master instrument makers. I also completed studies at the special Musical Instrument Making School of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. I have an official qualification as a Bowed- and Plucked Musical Instrument Maker and Repairer.

I am also an electric lead guitarist and a professional guitar repairer. Through the years I have repaired and restored more than 400 guitars from electrics to acoustics in my own workshop with great success. In 2015 I celebrated my first 10 years in musical instrument making. I have made a handful of cutting edge electric guitars, too. In the early years I had worked in violin maker, harp maker and historical instrument maker workshops and was deeply involved in the making, repairing and restoration of those instruments. I'm continuously in contact with numerous talented guitarists and luthiers and have access to many great classical master guitars from all around the world.

I was born in 1984 in Budapest.

What does my name mean?

Fogas is the name of a fish native in the clear lakes and rivers of Central and Eastern Europe. The most famous variety of Fogas lives in Lake Balaton, the largest lake of Hungary, and is one of our national treasures highly esteemed as a delicious food all over Europe.

About my website

All the photos, design and source code on this website created by me, except for the photo slider script on home page given to me by my friend Peter Szilagyi, and the image viewer script provided by Lokesh Dhakar.

About Budapest

guitar making photo Budapest is one of the most exciting cities in Europe, being rich in historical and cultural heritage. Budapest, together with its neighbour Vienna, played an important role in the history and culture of the continent.
Today "the city attracts about 4.4 million tourists a year, the 25th most popular city in the world, and the 6th in Europe, according to Euromonitor." (from Wikipedia article Budapest).
The city was (and is) the home of many world renowned artists, musicians and composers. One of the greatest piano virtuosos and composers of all time, Franz Liszt was co-founder of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 1875. Today the Academy has an internationally recognized Guitar Faculty led by master teacher József Eötvös. There is a strong and growing community of classical guitarists and two main guitarshops specialized only in classical guitars in Budapest. There is also an old tradition of musical instrument making here for centuries.

Classical guitar events and places in Hungary - International Guitar Festival Hungary - Szeged International Classical Guitar Festival - Budapest International Guitar Festival and Competition - The oldest classical guitar shop in Budapest City Centre - The other great classical guitar shop in Budapest City Centre

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(photos by Viktor)