After many years I have decided to produce again a Double top guitar. This was done in close cooperation with Christian Köhn, which double top I heard some time ago. We discussed many items how to develop the top. I only can say to be pleased with the final result.
Currently I am building guitars that are inspired by the great Spanish master Santos Hernandez. These guitars have great value and impress with their unique sound. For that I have researched two guitars from Santos Hernandez from 1925 and 1935. These two guitars from different periods have kindly been disposed to me by their owners. Santos Hernandez made one of the guitars at the Ramirez workshop that is been played by Andreas Segovia. Later he started his own workshop.
The story of the Spruce tonewood of
the destroyed Cathedral Munich Frauenkirche.
The story of this wood is inspiring, sensational and intriguing. This particular spruce used to build this unique classical guitar was part of the Frauenkirche (Cathedral) of Munich. The age is of this wood is over 500 years.
The Cathedral roof top has been built out of Spruce found in the German Alps given by the peasants to the Church to build the cathedral in 1460. Dendrochronology or annual ring analysis dates the origin of the trees to about the year 1190. The trees were cut in the Bavarian alps around the year 1460 and floated down the river Isar to Munich where they were pulled out of the water and used in the construction of the roof of this church, which was completed in 1492.
Unfortunately the Cathedral had been bombed at the end of the second world war. Some of the woods of the top roof got lost as people needed wood to cock or to heat their houses. The lucky thing is that Franz Fuchs rescued some substantial wooden beams out of the ruins. Franz Fuchs was the violin maker who discovered the beauty of this wood and made 43 violins, 3 violas and 3 cellos he has built to date from this wood.
Bavarian farmers cut and donate parts of their forest harvest for the construction of the Munich cathedral in 1468 - 1488. Those trees have been starting growing in the 12th century at an altitude of over 1000 meter above sea level south of Munich in a valley called Lenggries.
I am glad to hear the Concertura Dolezza played by the owner
Martin van Hees. The sound of the guitar is filling the concert hall and every fine detail played by Martin van Hees can be heard.
Over 500 years old well seasoned Spruce Tone Wood
and over 100 year old Brazilian Rosewood (Cites)
“Imagine that the wood was absorbing the vibration of music that was performed in this sacred place, music from medieval times through renaissance, baroque, classical and modern periods.
Incredible to imagine the choirs, the orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the centuries whose sounds have been gently vibrating and therefor leaving their voices within the wood. And the countless sermons, wedding’s, baptisms and even funerals, taken place in this solemn structure again leaving their sound vibrations imprinted in this wood. This incredible wood with so many stories dwelling in its grain has been given a second chance at life in this instrument and again words fail to describe how precious an experience it is to play this guitar. This is guitar making taking to entire different level.”
The woods for the sides and back are of the finest Brazilian Rosewood to find. The age is over 100 years old.
The guitar translates a sound from a different world and preserves an eternal story.
Sometimes a customer requests for a custom version.This is always is a joy.