Bernd Holzgruber was born in 1939 in Velden at Wörthersee (Carinthia) in Austria. He studied guitar with Karl Scheit in Vienna and played his final examination in 1968 on a self-constructed instrument. Since then, he took care of Scheit’s instrument collection, which gave him the possibility to study master guitars as Hermann Hauser I and Robert Bouchet’s instruments. He is a pioneer in the construction of historical instruments and a creative luthier. He continuously developed his models during his 50-year career.
This guitar was built in 2017 and is wearing the number 203. It is a great example of B. Holzgruber’s versatility and craftmanship. This modern guitar has a fine cedar top, braced in a very personal way that corresponds to the results of the master’s acoustic researches. This free-to-vibrate top is contrasting with the dense Bloodwood (Brosimum rubescens) back and sides to give a balanced, warm and subtle instrument. The cutaway and the black finish on the neck are giving to the guitar a fresh and modern character and this instrument would fit perfectly any crossover guitarist researching for a versatile guitar. The tuners are made by Sloane. A Hiscox Pro II case is included. The bridge as well as other marquetery details are built in CITES-certified Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra).
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