In our opinion, Jochen Rothel is one of the finest luthiers working out of Germany today. Having grown up in a wood-working family, his passion for guitar making began shortly after high school. His background and training started with an apprenticeship at Lakewood Guitars, and he went on to complete a "Gesellenbrief" and ultimately a "Meisterbrief" (German "Meister" degree awarded by the guild and the state) 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 particular 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 top is extremely stiff and perfectly quarter-sawn, and the guitar is quite light in weight for its size. The four-piece CSA rosewood used for the back and sides is stunning, and very complimentary to the top. The tone is steady and clear in all registers, and very well balanced. It has a punchy, immediate response with a plump and juicy quality to every note - a very consistent, bold tone, all the way up from the lowest notes to the highest trebles. Jochen likes to build his instrument with a low body resonance which gives the guitar a slightly darker dimension to each note. Although this is a "used" instrument it is in virtually new condition with very little wear. With a highly refined sound, excellent volume and sustain, this guitar has it all.