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 generous amounts of beautiful bearclaw markings. The soundboard is quite special – Jochen got it as a birthday present from a violin making friend of his who purchased it from his old master nearly 20 years ago. This top is more than 70 years old, which is evident in the darker, amber patina as well. 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.
Luthier Bio: Jochen Rothel