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My workshop

I live and work now at the quiet shores of Lake Velence, in Hungary (you know, that lovely country in Central Europe...). Formerly, I lived in Budapest, the 2 million capital of Hungary, but I moved away from there with my family in 2022, mainly because of pollution and noise. (Anyway, Budapest is really worth to visit, having one of the most beautiful city centers in the world.) My workshop is quite small and there are no big woodworking machines, but it is really well-equipped with lots of special hand-tools for fine woodworking and musical instrument making. A true one-man shop! :-) I still work on my own, taking care of the quality of each detail myself. Usually, I purchase the fine tonewoods and materials from professional suppliers from Spain and Germany.


My life today

I have a wonderful wife and we have six kids. I'm a born-again Christian. I love God's Word and live a Bible-studying and praying life. I believe that the gift of guitar making and other talents are given to me by God. I don't really have much time for other things, but I also play the electric lead guitar. I love to listen to music, of course, especially to classical guitar music ...no, not just that... One of my favourites is baroque music, and my favourite composer is Johann Sebastian Bach. (Who else?) My favourite instrument is probably the harpsichord (beside guitars...). I also love to listen to various other styles, like rock, jazz, blues, fingerstyle acoustic guitars, 80's guitar heroes, and such. I can get inspiration from these various musics for my work, for classical guitar building, too. Melodic power speed metal is really uplifting to me (with a positive message only), and I find neoclassical metal one of the most beautiful musical styles... And Spirit-filled worship songs always remaining in the center of my heart... I love to use Linux as desktop operating system, and I code my website myself. I'm not afraid while disassembling an expensive laptop or computer for repair or pasting the CPU. I love to disassembly things. (And putting them together, functioning again. :-) I prefer having Italian branded cars, and I love spending time at lakes and seas. So, on the whole, I'm a quite strange guy, I think, usually going against mainstreams and trying to keep my personality in these confused times... You are probably similar, if you still spend your time reading my thoughts here...


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, which is the largest lake of Hungary. Fogas is one of our national treasures highly esteemed as a delicious food all over Europe.

Studies and practice

I was born in 1984 in Budapest. I studied many things, like English, German and Spanish languages (and a little Italian), informatics, electronics, economics, music history, etc., and finally musical instrument making at workshops of various master instrument makers. I started working in luthiery in 2005. I made my first guitars during 2006-2007. I studied and practiced harp and violin making and repair, too. I completed studies at the Musical Instrument Making School of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 2009, so I have an official qualification as a Bowed- and Plucked Musical Instrument Maker and Repairer. Through the years I repaired and restored more than 400 guitars from electrics to acoustics in my workshop. I'm also an electric guitar technician, and also a specialist for floyd rose double locking tremolo system. Later I discontinued these jobs to become a full time classical guitar builder. I'm in contact with numerous guitarists and luthiers and have access to many great master guitars from all around the world. Sometimes we make guitar tests comparing instruments made by different famous luthiers. Today I'm considered by many to be the most successful and leading classical guitar luthier in Hungary.