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I am Nikola Minev. I have been constructing classical guitars for more than 35 years, the main reason being that I wasn't satisfied with the acoustic performance as well as the uncomfortable guitars that I used to play. I started off with disassembling my friend musicians' guitars changing their entire construction. In 1973 I ventured to entirely construct my first acoustic guitar having had already the necessary experience in that field. It happened so that my own first guitar was sold. After that each guitar that I used to make for myself was bought instantly. Guitarists from different countries who were giving concerts in Bulgaria gladly offered to me their guitars for an inspection of their construction. Among these were Paco Carbonell, Raul Maldonado, Miguel Angel Girolet and others. I attended the International Guitar Festival in 1979 in Esztergrom, Hungary at which a number of very famous guitarists played two of my guitars and expressed their encouraging verdicts. Leo Brower, Costas Cotsiolis and David Russell were but a few to be mentioned. Later during their tours in Bulgaria artists like Irma Costanso and Miguel Angel Girolet encouraged me even more. So by 1992 I had already constructed more than 60 guitars which were sold mainly in Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia. It seems that my constructing skills have been appreciated in some countries and I received a surprising invitation to conduct a guitar workshop at the College of Music in Belem, Brazil in which I had to repair string musical instruments of all kinds. I also was supposed to teach Brazilian students in the luthier's art, and what is most important, I was given full opportunity to research the Amazonian kinds of trees, suitable for constructing a variety of musical instruments. Thus, being in the heart of the jungle I found out, quite by chance the unknown to the world of music, Amazonas Rosewood (Dalbergia Spruceana - Bth.) which turned out to be more acoustic than the well-known Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia Nigra). I had already started to receive orders from the whole Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, the USA and Japan. Since 2003 I have been living in Sofia, Bulgaria, building classical guitars out of this excellent rosewood.