Born near Freiburg, Germany Dominik Wurth
spent his childhood in a small rural village at the foot of the Black Forest. In his earlier years, he learned to make guitars with the aid of books and from Sascha Nowak, who taught Dominik the basic techniques of traditional of guitar making. As Dominik progressed he eventually enrolled at Zwickau University, which is the worlds only university offering the study of stringed instruments. He eventually relocated to the south of Spain, in a small Spanish village in the Alpujarras, near Granada. After an internship with Andrés D. Marvi, he set up on his own.
Of his work, he cites Antonio de Torres as his greatest influence and indeed his guitars are built on the basic Torres plan - seven fan struts in a domed top and a tunneled lower cross bar (below the soundhole) where the two outer struts run through. But he is also influenced by several contemporary luthiers as well, most notably Daniel Friederich and Antonio Marin Montero. He follows from these two makers in achieving a strong cross stiffness to the top below the bridge which allows him to thin his tops a bit more. This system achieves a big sound without boomy basses, and increases the warmth and color palette in the trebles. Also like Friederich, his guitars feature double sides, which Dominik finds effective in achieving more power and better projection of sound. To avoid much of the added weight of typical double-sided guitars, Dominik uses a special technique, using wood only in the areas where the acoustic benefit is achieved, thereby maintaining a more lightweight instrument, one of the hallmark qualities of the Granada style. This guitar features a 20th fret for players requiring that high C natural that certain pieces in the repertoire require (most famously "Sueno en la Floresta" by Barrios). It plays easy, has immediate attack with a lively, full sound behind it and is just overall a joy to play. Fantastic instrument in every regard.
Photos of this guitar taken during construction.
Luthier Bio: Dominik Wurth