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 spent several years in the south of Spain, in a small Spanish village in the Alpujarras, near Granada where he interned with Andrés D. Marvi and then opened his own shop. He has recently relocated back to Germany where he builds guitars full time.
This is the second spruce-top guitar we've received from Dominik after his visit here earlier last year, primarily to inspect and study several of the guitars from the Russell Cleveland collection
. Previously, Dominik was making guitars in a very stiff way especially when it came to the sides and the back, a philosophy adopted by a lot of guitar makers from Ramirez to Friederich. Constructing the back and sides in the manner, he felt he was missing something, particularly in the bass range. After playing the guitars at GSI, Dominik made many small adjustments which resulted in a completely new guitar. For instance, 3 bars on the back instead of 4, a thinner back, thinner sides, and less doming on the top. Overall, a lighter-built guitar which now achieves a fine compromise between a modern guitar and the old Spanish masters. To us, this guitar has improved responsiveness in all registers and a bigger, more robust sound all around. As with all his instruments, this guitar 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 being built.
Luthier Bio: Dominik Wurth