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German guitar builder Henner Hagenlocher today works out of Granada, Spain and is considered one of the great makers in the Granada school. Subsequent to moving to Granada, Hagenlocher studied Music Technology at the London Guildhall University, where he was introduced to modern design concepts largely aimed at increasing volume in guitar construction. He found that this resulted in instruments that were too heavy and clumsy for his taste. His guitar teacher at that time owned an Antonio Marin and Henner liked it so much that he decided to learn more about the Granada school. In 1996 he visited Marin's workshop and immediately became captivated by the Granada style and quickly opened his own shop close by. Since then, his guitars have taken on a style that blends the Marin influence with his qualities found in the old, traditional Spanish guitars, discovered through his extensive investigation into the great masters like Torres, Santos Hernandez and Manuel Ramirez. His instruments are therefore lightweight with an immediate explosive attack. Although he builds in a largely traditional style, his instruments have great power and projection.
This model which features a slightly smaller body, is made with spruce top and CSA rosewood back and sides. It is quite powerful, with a rich, textured quality of tone, with thick basses and lyrical trebles. In the Granada style, aesthetic appointments are tasteful yet understated. Playability is superb with easy action and a slender and comfortable neck. Because of the light build, attack is immediate, making this a very responsive and satisfying instrument to play. Highly recommended as a top choice for the concert or recording artist.
Photos of this guitar during construction.