We’re very proud to announce that a new Berlin Luthier is going to be featured at GSI! Angela Waltner is an experienced guitar maker who is going to join the other members of Berlin Luthiers featured at GSI (Dietmar Heubner, Kris Barnett and Christian Koehn). Currently, she is building her first GSI guitar which will be coming soon to our store!

Angela Waltner established her workshop in Berlin in 2002 after having a profound education as a guitar maker. Her classical guitars reflect an intensive examination of essential European sound traditions and the requirements of the guitar as a concert instrument. In particular, She emphasizes tonal openness and a close body-instrument connection. In 2017, Angela received her Master’s degree in acoustics with a research paper on the projection of the classical guitar.

As a luthier, Angela makes only around four guitars per year despite building guitars full-time! As a result, her guitars are made with a high level of detail and precision.

An example of Angela’s Freely Adjustable Bridge System

Angela is also known for her innovations. One of the most important ones is a “broken” saddle known as FABS (Freely Adjustable Bridge System). FABS is a simple, yet highly effective method to get a clean intonation on classical guitars. Unlike a traditional bridge saddle that is held fixed in a slot, FABS allows players to find the right saddle position accurately for each string, and so for strings of all brands. This system is easy to use. The separate saddles rest on a slightly oblique surface and are fixed only by the pressure of each pair of strings. They can be easily moved without detuning the guitar. Finding the right position is easy by matching each of the 12th fret harmonics with the fretted octaves. If a fretted octave is too sharp, you can push the saddle towards the lower edge of the body. If a fretted octave is too flat, you can push the saddle towards the soundhole. With this system, it’s recommended to change strings one at a time to preserve the desired intonation.

Intonation determines the sound quality of a guitar significantly. The correct intonation has a positive influence on transparency and sonority. There is hardly anything more beautiful than a pearl-like layering of the individual harmonics on the fundamental note.

Angela has sent us some sneak peek photos of her very first GSI guitar. It’s going to be Angela’s newest model called “Anima” which is the outcome of her most recent fascination by guitar luthiers of the past combined with her own extensive research on guitar making. The guitar will have a spruce top and Indian rosewood bridge, back, and sides. It will have a traditional, non-elevated fretboard. Regarding the tone, Angela’s guitars have great sound and responsiveness. We’re very excited to see this guitar in our showroom once it’s finished.

See the sneak peek gallery of Angela’s first GSI guitar below!

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3 Responses to “A New Berlin Luthier Featured at GSI: Introducing Angela Waltner”

  1. Carey says:

    It’s good to see GSI will be handling Angela Waltner’s guitars. I’ve been following her
    work for some time, and hope to try one someday soon.. for those who don’t already know,
    there’s a nice profile in Orfeo issue 14.

  2. Rod says:

    I am the owner of Essence Model #93 (not a Concert model as listed in ORFEO #14); Claro Walnut, Ebony & Master Grade Spruce, and bound in Galalith (casein).

    The guitar was a true adventure, and a labor of love and friendship, and is the sister to the other guitar made from the sets of Claro Walnut purchased from Luthiers Mercantile in 1992, and built by renowned jazz guitar maker, D.W. Stevens. After Denny’s death I sent the wood to a quiet, and wonderful luthier, Angela Waltner, because her guitars were different…and the sound amazing and her ideas were fresh!
    A Unique aspect of the guitar is that it is Galalith (Casein) bound (not ivoroid), after Weissgerber, with ebony/galalith bindings and rosette, with a MOP nut and saddles for the FABS system…the bridge is also ebony…which works like a dream. Superb Scheller tuners were selected. Other ideas are used in her instruments, all unique.
    The idea for this guitar was to have Torres meet Hauser for lunch…and look what occurred a blend of Spanish/ German and French thought combined into a modern and quite amazing guitar!

    The Essence #93 is simply wondrous! The singing voice of a Contralto, lush in quality of sound, with the ability to adapt to all types of music. Basses are full and velvety, mid-range – expressive. A singing, and full high end complete the guitar; wonderful to play, and use to express the music to it’s fullest…and the vibrato, is a must hear moment.
    The sound of a Waltner guitar is PURE make no mistake…and very enticing.

    Artistic Finesse, and a very Unique Presence describe the guitars of Angela Waltner, M.Eng., WALTNERGITARREN.COM

  3. It is very good to see her gaining the reputation that she earns but I have to correct one important detail. The FABS system is not an invention of her but by our common friend the late Karl Sandvoss. Angela will shurely confirm this. Both have been working together for a certain time.


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