Posts Tagged ‘Friederich’
We’ve just received a 1990 Daniel Friederich guitar that is in fantastic condition, with no cracks or repairs and only some mild playing wear. This is a beautiful example of Friederich’s work, and we couldn’t resist showing it off right away. We’ll have the full product listing up on the website on Feb. 1st.
We have some photos from Jean Noel Rohe of the guitar that he will be shipping us this week. Both Daniel Friederich and Dominique Field see Rohe as the next great French luthier, and were the ones who first brought him to our attention. This will be our second guitar from Rohe – you can see the first one here.
Scott Morris is recording a CD of his arrangements of Satie, so in keeping with the French theme we’ve decided to help get him some of the best French guitars around to record with. We started by lending him an amazing 2002 Daniel Friederich cedar guitar, and Scott was nice enough to shoot this video of himself playing his arrangement of Satie’s Nocturne No.1. Scott and the guitar sounded great, and we look forward to hearing more from him and finding more great French guitars for him to play.
Normally we wait until Felix has taken beautiful photos of a guitar to announce them, but these two guitars just came in, both in dead mint condition, and as it’s rare enough to get one of these we got a little excited at having both and took some photos ourselves of these two amazing guitars. First photo gallery is of a pristine 1960 Hauser II and the second is of a 2002 Daniel Friederich that looks brand new – and that last photo is of Friederich himself with the guitar back in 2002.
My friend Scott Wolf has just published a set of arrangements of five of Ignacio Cervantes’ Cuban dances (It’s called ‘Escenas’ and you can get it here). Scott came by the shop and there was this amazing 1982 Daniel Friederich, so we couldn’t resist recording on it. Here’s Scott playing his arrangement of Cervantes’ ‘Invitacion’.
Scott Tennant is a big fan of French luthier Daniel Friederich. Friederich’s guitars are increasingly rare – his waiting list has been closed for some time, but GSI, as his exclusive dealer, gets one guitar a year from him. So we sort of have this thing where when a Friederich comes in we let Scott know, and if he’s in town he’ll usually stop by to check it out. So when David Collett came back from Paris with a new 2012 Friederich we told Scott and he stopped by to check it out and let us shoot a video of him. Here he is playing Couperin’s ‘Les Barricades Mystérieuses’. You can also check out the last time Scott stopped in to play a Friederich here.
While in Paris David also met with legendary French luthier Dominique Field, who is just finishing up a guitar for us that will arrive at the end of June. The first two photos are of our guitar, the third is of his famous blue rosette, to which he’s made some slight changes, and the fourth is of the wood he will use for a guitar he is building for Scott Tennant. The fifth photo is of a very interesting guitar – a replica of an 1867 Torres, made by Christian Aubin, who was a guitar teacher in Paris (Daniel Friederich’s guitar teacher, in fact) and a hobbyist guitar maker. As David told me – “Turns out he was way better than he gave himself credit for, this was a superb guitar. Field was doing some work on it so that’s how I chanced on seeing it.”
Last Sunday we held out ‘Valseana Live’ concert, which featured guitarist Marc Teicholz playing 8 amazing guitars – a 1921 Santos, a 1930 Esteso, a 1952 Hauser I, a 1971 Friederich, a 2007 Blochinger, a 1936 Fleta, a 1969 ‘Churchdoor’ Rodriguez and an 1867 Torres. The evening turned out even better than expected, and it was a serious treat to hear Marc playing all of these guitars.
As promised we recorded the concert, and here is the first video – Marc playing Chopin on that 1971 Friederich.
Here’s a great article on the history of the French school of luthiery written by none other than Daniel Friederich himself. The French school is relatively small, but very influential, and Friederich is certainly the reigning patriarch of that school. Our own David Collett is off to France next week to meet with Friederich, Dominique Field and Jean-Noel Rohe and will report back when he returns. In the meantime, here’s the article:
***This article has been removed at the request of the translator***
We’re about to receive guitar #77 from Tobias Berg, and this will be the first guitar we get from him that features his new double-sided construction method. Tobias has been working on this for some time now, and he and I had a little exchange about it, since my first question was, quite simply, ‘why?’. Now that I understand the concept I’m looking forward to hearing the guitar, and of course we’ll do a video so you can all hear it. Check out the photos below (as always just click on them to see larger images) and then scroll down to see my mini interview with Tobias about it.