And are played worldwide.
Baum Guitars is the culmination of more than two decades of designing and building guitars.
Each Baum design derives from Morten Bau’s love for design and music. The design being that timeless Scandinavian minimalism, we are known for in Denmark, combined with the original design lines from classic guitars and vintage American cars. Even though you may never have tried a Baum prior to this, picking up a Baum Guitar should feel familiar, like meeting an old friend for the first time.
We are driven by a desire to share our passion for design and high quality instruments with players worldwide
1974 – 1988
My name is Morten Bau, and this is my story.
My parents had a workshop in their basement, in which I spent countless hours as a child. I was drawn towards woodwork from an early age. The transition from a piece of wood to a finished product was something special to me, and throughout the years, I built bows, ships, skateboards, speakers, etc., in that tiny, but special basement.
Spending all those years in that workshop gave me an in-depth knowledge of the qualities, strengths, and weaknesses of wood – and experience to get the best result out of each piece of wood.
1989 is a very special year to me – 1989 was the year, I built my first guitar.
My elder brother had a band and used my parent’s basement to storage his gear from time to time. I found his bass-amplifier in the corner, dusted it off, acquired a guitar, plugged it in, and turned it up. That moment became a turning point for me.
My interest in designing and building something unique grew, so I built my first guitar body with nothing but a piece of alder and a chisel.
I have always had a passion for drawing and designing, and my first job with these qualifications was as an illustrator and poster designer. I educated as Art Director in 1998, and I have worked with design and concept development ever since.
MORE THAN TWO
DECADES OF BUILDING
I fell in love with guitars and everything about them; their shapes, the tones, and the stories they tell. But since I could not afford the guitars I wanted, I began building my own instead. Through 20 years, that has become quite a collection of all sorts of guitars: my take on classic models or something crazy. I have lost the count, but I have learned from every single project.
OF BAUM GUITARS
2015 is another turning point to me; Baum Guitars was established.
Baum Guitars is the culmination of my experience in design and building guitars. The name comes from Bau, Morten. Also, in German, Bau means ‘to build’ in Baum means ‘tree’. That is what I do.
My goal with Baum Guitars is to combine my own design, with unique sounds and the best playability possible. This led to the early prototypes in 2015.
The first models laid the foundation to what later would become the LEAPER as known today, but the early design featured a smaller body and a 24.75” neck. I built four of these prototypes, before I changed my design. Today, all Baum guitars features a 25.5” scale neck and some entirely different pickups; our own Goldsound Pickups. Only four of those short scale models exists today. I wonder where these are in the world now.
DEVELOPING THE GOLDSOUNDS
A red thread in a Baum Guitar is the design. And since the overall vision is to build a different guitar, it was quite obvious to develop our exclusive Goldsound Pickups too.
It is a series of vintage-looking pickups with a clear and well-defined sound. No muddy low end or thrill high end. Just an open and dynamic pickup, that reacts and responds to every little touch. We call them Goldsound, but they are designed to sound like you.
The range has expanded quite a bit throughout the years, as we keep designing new guitar models, which require a new sound.
THE FIRST CONQUER59
– WITH ALEX VARGAS
We got in touch with Alex Vargas, who was fascinated by the classic and simple Conquer 59, and we designed the Jabmaster pickups with Vargas’ input. The Conquer 59 was delivered to Alex Vargas in the summer of 2017, where he played at Smukfest, Denmark in front of 25.000 people.
The Conquer 59 with serial number #001 travels around the world with Alex Vargas. We are honored!
Going worldwide from Aarhus
From here, things took off! Baum expanded from “I” to “we” and our guitars crafted in Aarhus, Denmark were shipped to musicians in over 20 countries – ranging from the US to Japan! A lot of fine folks joined us on Instagram – and thanks for that. We learn so much from your feedback and input over there.
Finally, the positive reactions from players all over the world inspired us to expand even further and do something new. Something different. Something Original.
We launched our Original Series in 2021. While this is a great leap forward for us, it is indeed based on the very core of Baum – the passion for design and quality, which we want to share with more players worldwide.
The Original Series is made in South Korea and is the foundation for many new chapters in our story. A story we will write together with our dear players!