Although born in Sweden, luthier Tobias Berg has followed the craft of guitar making through Canada, England, and the US. He finally settled in Germany where he has been a full-time guitar builder for many years.
Another exceptional guitar from Tobias Berg. This is a bold-looking instrument, very striking appearance with dark cedar top and contrasting bridge made of lighter-colored boxwood and matching head veneer. Back and sides are of pear wood which has a golden-like, shimmery glow to it - with maple-like flames throughout. Soundboard is cedar, and he uses boxwood binding throughout. The sound of the guitar is as strong and elegant as its appearance. It has a rich and velvety quality across all registers, with very sturdy, powerful basses and smooth and creamy trebles. As we've said many times about this makers work, the guitar has a unique and bold aesthetic - the headshape, rosette and bridge reveal a fondness for traditional Japanese architecture which Tobias admires for its understated elegance in its usage of perfect lines and sharp edges. He has seamlessly and delicately integrated elements of this into his unique and beautiful design. It also features his double-sided construction method. Tobias has been perfecting this method in his own guitars for some time now, and we have been very pleased with several of these that have come through our doors. To see more on the technique, see our blog post for the full story. For tone, the double-sides give the guitar a deeper, almost "cathedral-like" presence to the sound, a quality we've only heard before in modern Friederich guitars. Tobias also reinforces the neck with an ebony strip (unlike many makers of the Madrid school, Tobias' is invisible from the outside) which enhances sustain noticeably. Overall, this is a fantastic concert guitar by all standards, with a bold and beautiful sound, and a unique and classy look.