GSI is very excited to be representing Jochen Rothel, an extremely fine and talented luthier from Germany. Having grown up in a wood-working family, his passion for guitar making began shortly after high school. His background and training took started with an apprenticeship at Lakewood Guitars, and he went on to complete a “Gesellenbrief” and ultimately a “Meisterbrief” (German “Meister” degree awarded the guild and the state) completed after training at the famous “Staatliche Geigenbauschule Mittenwald” in the upper Bavarian Alps. Additionally, he has attended the famous Romanillos course. His high level of experience is evident in the quality of his guitars.
This outstanding guitar is built with a level of workmanship and attention to detail that is hard to surpass, and an elegant appearance that is near perfect. The mosaic from the rosette is inlaid on either end of the tieblock - a tip of the hat to Romanillos, whose influence is noticeable. The spruce soundboard is extremely stiff and perfectly quarter-sawn, and features subtle bearclaw markings. The tone is steady and clear in all registers, and very well balanced. With a highly refined sound, excellent volume and sustain, this guitar has it all. This is a tremendous example from 2010. It is in excellent condition and has had an armrest installed.