Visiting luthiers’ workshops

Hi Guys!
There were a lot of talking about a new guitar and now it is time to move from words to action, and I am very curious and excited, where it will finally bring me. Today I will tell you about a trip we made.
die Wuppertaler

Yesterday we were in a very interesting journey to a couple of luthiers’ workshops near Frankfurt, to try there their guitars.
I was primarily interested in the instruments with a modern construction, because my current is a traditional one, built after Torres model, and we were lucky to try the “double-tops” at the both workshops of mr. Lebisch and then of mr. Schäfer, two significantly different workshops, as well as the guitars that we tried there.

As there were four of us, three students and Maestro, all very different players, we could make a many-sided test of all of them, so if you are going to try some guitars, do take a brilliant players with you, to listen to it as a listener and also just to have fun being on the road.

The first workshop was in the town called Offenbach. I could hardly remember any attractive architecture or the atmosphere of that place and if i forget the long road from Wuppertal, it could have been the same place here nearby. But the workshop itself and the luthier have made the unforgettable impression. Jin in Offenbach
I knew, that we are going to a young guitar maker, that is a part of a new generation of luthiers, and it was so. We met a young guy, who seemed to be with a very smart and engineering type of thinking and the instruments looked like fashionable “ferraris” in the well ordered and logically built clean and attractive workshop.
We tried two his guitars, both with a very powerful and even explosive character (if you are not delicate enough), both with a fantastic dolce register. The cedar was with a darker tone and the amazing new spruce guitar (the first spruce that he built) was really warm and shiny, surprisingly soft and with a really round sound for the spruce.

Expecting something like similarity or stereotypes from that modern constructed instruments I was surprised, how relative was my prejudice. The first guitars that we tried had a very powerful, full and even percussive tone, the others owned a very warm and even traditional tone with it’s lightness.

Jin in Niederbrechen

The second workshop was situated in a very little town called Niederbrechen. It seemed to be a classical workshop, full of guitars of all types, baroque, flamenco, romantic… parts of the guitars were everywhere and the chaotic atmosphere was a symbol and a soul of real artists workshop. If I would not know that the guitars were “double-tops”, I would have thought that that are very sophisticated solid top guitars with a really warm sound and a light palette of colours. But if you see the guitars, you see the variety of luthier’s fantasy and experiments in details. You feel that you hold a masterpiece.
For sure I will return there to try the guitars once more.

It is hard to describe any detailed impression here, and I will not even try to do it. It is a magical and misterious act for every musician, searching for the instrument, but from the other side, as you try them, you become a scientist, who considers the sound and all the characteristics “under the microscope” (I don’t imagine how the luthiers can bear it, standing by).

But the adventure has just started and for sure I will share it with you.

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