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 spruce soundboard is extremely stiff and perfectly quarter-sawn, with very strong grain lines, rich with crystalized resin which helps distribute the vibrations over a larger area of the top. It is also among the more lightweight classicals we've seen, and plays with great ease and comfort. 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 highest treble registers. With an incredibly refined sound, huge volume and excellent sustain, this guitar has it all. We are proud to be representing the work of Jochen Rothel here in the USA.
A BAM hardshell case is included with this guitar.
Photos taken during this guitar's construction
Luthier Bio: Jochen Rothel