2017 Edmund Blöchinger "Dome" SP/CSAR
|Back & Sides||CSA Rosewood|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
The backstory of this instrument is absolutely incredible. Although Blochinger is known for the quality of his materials, this guitar has a very special story, even by his standards. In particular the spruce used for the soundboard has been on a dramatic 800 year journey from its birthplace in the Bavarian alps to its centuries-long tenure supporting the roof of Munich's most iconic church, and eventually into the ruins of World War II's devastated Munich, where it was rescued by a violin maker named Franz Fuchs who, along with his son Gerald, have been the caretakers and preservers of this precious wood for the past 70 years until it reached the workshop of Edmund Blochinger and has been re-born in this incredible instrument. For a fuller account of the details, click here.
Analysis of the annular rings of this spruce dates the origin of the trees from this to about the year 1190. The trees were cut in the Bavarian alps around the year 1460 and floated down the river Isar to Munich where they were pulled out of the water and used in the construction of the roof of this church which was completed in 1492. In other words, this wood is over 800 years old from the dating of its earliest rings, but was supporting the roof in this cathedral for 455 years, up to its destruction in 1945. During its centuries-long tenure in the roof of the church, it was absorbing the vibrations of the music that would have been performed in this sacred place - music from medieval times through the renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and modern periods. Incredible to imagine the choirs, orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the centuries whose sounds have been gently vibrating and therefore leaving their voices in this wood. Also consider the vibrations coming from human speech – the countless sermons, weddings, baptisms, even funerals that would have taken place in this solemn structure - again leaving their sound vibrations imprinted in this wood. And then the terrible destruction of 1945. Well, thanks to the courage and vision of Franz and Gerald Fuchs, the wood has now been given a new beginning to continue vibrating once again, not only in the 43 violins, 3 violas and 3 cellos that have been built over the last 70 years, but now also in this guitar. The instrument itself is breathtaking and words cannot describe the richness of sound it produces, with so little effort from the player. This incredible wood with so many stories dwelling in its grains has been given a second chance at life in this instrument and again, words fail to describe just how precious an experience it is to play this guitar. This is guitar making taken to an entirely different level.
Article: Ancient wood finds new life with Edmund Blochinger