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Stefan Nitschke – Guitar maker

When I was eleven years old, I started to play guitar. Since then, this instrument has never lost its hold of me! After a short learning classical guitar, I wanted to play the electric guitar and spent several years playing Blues, Rock, and Jazz. Realizing that I wanted more from and with the guitar, I changed back to playing the classical guitar and soon found my partiality for Tarréga and other composers of the earlier 20th century.  In 2002 I started my studies at the conservatory in Osnabrück. My teacher Ulrich Müller not only helped me improve my playing the guitar and encouraged me to build my first instrument. The aim was set: I wanted to build a guitar! Building my first guitar on the living room carpet at home. Not only was I enthusiastic, but also my teacher Ulrich Müller was excited about my first results. So I could not wait to build the next instrument. At that time, I got to know Gerhard Oldiges. He allowed me to watch his work from time to time and ask lots of questions. My thirst for knowledge grew, and I was aware that I had found an experienced luthier with Gerhard. We met in his workshop numerous times, and in hours of intense discussions, I learned the essentials of craftsmanship and the artistic standards of high-quality instruments. In 2004 I carried forward my studies at the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt with Olaf van Gonnissen. When I sold my third guitar, as soon as it was finished, I realized that building guitar became more than a hobby for me. Highly motivated, I tried to work as a luthier parallel to my studies. Despite the time and energy spent building instruments, I successfully concluded my studies in 2007 and passed the concert examination two years later. Over the years, I tested every guitar that I could lay hands on and searched for inspiration. Thus I found my passion for the sound of the old masters. Still, my greatest motivation to build guitars in the process is when the instrument emerges from the raw materials. I can form the sound closer and closer to my personal ideal – although I might never be able to reach this ideal sound.

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