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 throughout the guitar. The cedar top is extremely stiff and perfectly quarter-sawn, and the back and sides are made of eye-catching, exquisitely quilted satinwood. The guitar is quite lightweight and plays comfortably. 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 - up into the trebles. With a highly refined sound, excellent volume and sustain, this guitar has it all. The guitar has been discounted for some minor blemishes and wear in the top. Otherwise a top example from this great maker.