We are proud to announce that as Jean-Noël Rohé’s exclusive US dealer, we are within days of receiving our very first instrument from him, his fiftieth guitar. Although we agreed to this collaboration about 2 years ago, after I had been to visit him in Strasbourg (at the advice of both Daniel Friederich and Dominique Field), Rohé insisted that he take the extra time necessary to work out a few subtle design changes to ensure that he would be sending us the best guitar he is capable of both envisioning and building. Well, that time has now come and we are very excited. Photos attached are of the actual guitar, which he will string up tomorrow and ship to us next week. Demand for his instruments is already soaring worldwide, primarily because of his early and strong support from both Daniel Friederich and Dominique Field who both see him as the leader of the next generation of French luthiers. He also made a huge impact when in 2004 he was awarded the title “the Finest Craftsman in France” (Meilleur Ouvrier de France – M.O.F.), and after the publication of a glowing review by Clément Follain in the French magazine “Guitare Classique”. Although still very young, his guitars already have the great majesty and authority normally commanded by instruments produced by the most rarified of veteran maestros who have years of experience behind them. This is a rare opportunity to introduce a fine builder of this caliber, and we look forward not only to this guitar, but also to the many years (and guitars) still ahead of us.

-David Collett

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12 Responses to “Introducing Jean-Nöel Rohé”

  1. Larry says:

    Jean-noel rohes’ woodcarving skills are very fine ,as demonstrated by that fine carved wooden door /gate in the above photograph.

  2. Guitarman says:

    I’ve been following this new young luthier for about two years. I’m happy for him that he is gaining the recognition for his guitars. It surely helps that he is getting the backing of Frederich and Field.

    Unfortunately for me, the price of his guitars are beyond my means.

  3. garrett says:

    I want one.

  4. Bravo Jean- Noël et félicitations de Santa Fe, Nouveau Mexique.

  5. Thaddeus says:

    This man’s guitars are good, don’t get me wrong, but there’s more than a touch of the “emperor’s new clothes” about the hype he is getting and it is inflating the price of his guitars to absurd levels. My advice is to wait a few more years and let the dust settle on this guy’s reputation before spending a lot of money on one of his creations.

  6. Bruce says:

    I’ve followed this maker for a while, and his guitars bear a strong resemblance to Field guitars. I like them, but have reservations about the supposed value of them. Friederich guitars are to my ears quite different from either Rohe or Field, and while I admire all these makers Friederich guitars are the ones that have the greatest coloristic range and breadth of character. If Freiderich were not French and an early supporter of Field, I’m not sure these folks would be lumped together so often. Field and Rohe both make extremely rich, even, responsive guitars, and alas I cannot afford any of these makers, because that richness is immediately impressive. But I think there are a lot of less expensive guitars that would appeal more to players who may want a little more variety and surprise, some shine and sparkle, a possible bite now and then, plus a more dramatic modulation in sonority during decay. Those are the kind of guitars that move me. Bream used to say the most beautiful aspect of the guitar is the decay, and I believe that. Decay on the high frets seems huge in assessing the emotionality of a guitar. Some of these French guitars sound lovely but a bit homogenized. They are especially good if folks want above all a lush, rich, loud, even sound, which can be very forgiving if struggles with a brittle attack.

  7. Bruce says:

    One more virtue of Rohe and Field: I cannot think of another guitar this rich which is also this clear.

  8. Larry says:

    Nice guitars ,but nothing special .

  9. Larry says:

    I am probably mistaken ,the Rohe guitars may indeed be very special ,they are certainly beautifully made.

  10. LAWRENCE says:

    Jean-noel -rohe is an extremely talented man ,his guitars are real works of art and beautifully made. A young master.

  11. Stevo says:

    I’m privileged to own and play Rohe’s no. 52 guitar. It is a remarkable instrument, piano-like in its precision, yet beautifully mellow at the same time. I’ve played many great guitars, yet none is like the Rohe.

    The only criticism? The craftsmanship is so perfect that sometimes I fear picking it up in case it gets the tiniest of dings!

    How does someone so young make guitars so perfect? It’s going to be really interesting to see how his guitars evolve as he gets older.

  12. Mike says:

    Bought my son, Rohe’s 22nd guitar eight years ago. Not only has Rohe been extremely modest, supportive and helpful in that time, my son does not want to change his guitar for any other.


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