Daniel Friederich was born on the sixteenth of January 1932 and regrettably passed away in 2020. Although he had a strong desire to play the guitar, he lacked money. But at the age of 23, Friederich solved this dilemma by building his first guitar himself: a copy of a Simplicio guitar. Daniel’s guitar teacher and excellent guitar maker, Christian Aubin, was a great help to him. After building tools and gaining some experience in guitar making, Daniel Friederich showed his fifteenth guitar to Robert Bouchet. Since then, Robert Bouchet has inspired his work, and Daniel Friederich has personally developed some of R. Bouchet’s ideas throughout his career.
For decades, Daniel Friederich was one of the world’s most important and respected active luthiers. After a long and successful career, he stopped making guitars in 2015 and sold all his tools. Today, he is undoubtedly one of history’s most respected and admired guitar makers.
The “Concert Model” No. 458 from 1977 by Daniel Friederich is a truly mesmerizing musical instrument that can effortlessly captivate the heart of any guitar enthusiast. With a strikingly dark cedar top that only enhances its overall charm, this model is a visual delight and a sonic marvel. Its highly responsive nature makes it a pleasure to play, offering a palette of exciting timbres.
The treble tones of this guitar are pristinely clear, boasting an impressive richness in overtones that resonate with an almost bell-like quality, matched with an exquisite sustain that further enriches its sonic appeal. It’s accompanied by basses that exude a pleasantly warm and potent sound. What sets it apart, however, is the balance it maintains – the bass never overpowers, providing ample room for the trebles to flourish and create a sound profile that is harmoniously well-rounded.
Strumming the open strings on this Daniel Friederich guitar might transport you to a cathedral, such is the majesty and depth of the sound it produces. While the guitar has been heavily played, resulting in visible traces on the soundboard, it is completely devoid of any cracks or repairs.
The back of the guitar, crafted from Indian rosewood, carries a superficially repaired crack. However, it remains stable, not detracting from the guitar’s overall integrity. A noteworthy feature of this model is Friederich’s utilization of a double-side construction, using an additional layer of rosewood on the inside of the sides, adding to its durability and enhancing its acoustic properties.
This “Concert Model” by Daniel Friederich is undeniably a world-class instrument that exudes a sound so wonderful, it allows players to express their emotions and musical ideas effortlessly. It promises an array of possibilities, making it a truly remarkable piece of craftsmanship that transcends the ordinary.
Watch the presentation video of this particular guitar below, where you will find a lot of additional information about its playability and sound.
|Back and sides:||Indian rosewood|
|Air body frequency:||G/G#|
|Strings:||Knobloch EDC 34.0|
|Case:||Hiscox Pro II “Siccas Guitars” Edition|