DeJaWu instruments are built by hand with a clear vision. It is our ultimate goal to create high quality semi-acoustic and acoustic instruments using exclusively solid tone-woods and the best hardware available on today's markets. All guitars are standard equipped with Schaller hardware and Häussel pickups. By cooperating and sharing our craftsmanship and experience we are able to offer guitars that guarantee a lifetime playing pleasure.
In the eighties I started my career as an electrical engineer. In 1995 I made a change to building instruments as the apprentice of a famous Chinese classical instruments builder in Beijing. After having mastered the craft during the nineties I started working for several well-known companies in Beijing. During this period I also made the first ever gipsy Jazz guitar produced in China. Over the years I qualified myself in making violins and the building of arch-top guitars, semi-acoustic guitars and mandolins. When I had to go back to my hometown in central China in 2010 I got the support of the local government to start a luthier workshop and develop a brand of my own. When I met Derk Jan in Beijing at the company I was working for at the time I recognized the opportunity to learn more about the demands of western customers and we decided to examine the possibilities to team up and build a brand name of our own. DeJaWu Guitars is what we came up with.
DERK JAN LIEVERS
As a teenager I started refurbishing old guitars. Over the years I expanded my knowledge while working for a Dutch retail chain and later on when I ran my own music store in the seventies and early eighties. In 1985 I started studying economics and spent quite some time working as a teacher. During these years I got a more than average interest in the economic and social developments in China. As the musical instruments business has been attracting me all my life I decided to try to participate rather than watch the Chinese developments as a relative outsider. While travelling the country I was lucky enough to meet Dongming in which I found a highly skilled partner who could help make my dream of creating and building high-end guitars come true. We decided to team up and share our skills. These guitars are the results of our combined love for the art of crafting musical instruments.