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Daniel Friederich (1932 – 2020) – Gitarrenbauer

Daniel Friederich, born in Paris in 1932, is one of the great French guitar makers of the 20th century. He was born in the early twentieth century. His grandparents were cabinetmakers who moved from Luxembourg to France. Friederich began his apprenticeship in the family business at the age of 13 and learned the art of furniture making. In 1954, he attended a concert by the French guitarist Ida Presti, was fascinated by the guitar, and began lessons with Christian Aubin. Daniel Friederich completed his first guitar in 1955. In 1959, he began to build instruments professionally. By 1960, Friederich had built 15 guitars and took the last one to show to his colleague Robert Bouchet. In 1962, he met the Presti-Lagoya duo for the first time when he visited Canada, as he told Guitar Magazine in 1985. In 1967, Friederich’s reputation rose to an international level when he won the silver medal at a competition for guitar makers in Liége, Belgium. Daniel Friederich also received a gold medal for the quality of his craftsmanship.

Between 1960 and 1970, Daniel Friederich marketed his Concert guitar, with a serial number on the label, the most expensive and advanced version, and Recital and Arpége models, less expensive instruments without a serial number on the label. From 1970 onwards, Friederich only made Concert guitars, with a serial number and date on the label. Over the years, he kept meticulous records of all his guitars, with their dimensions and bracing patterns, as well as serial numbers and subsequent owners. Friederich also devoted much time to scientific research on many aspects of guitar making at the Laboratoire d’Acoustique of the University of Paris. In 1977 he lectured at the university on the history and function of the guitar.

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