Ennio Giovanetti has been building guitars since 1998 in his workshop in Sariano di Gropparello, near Piacenza (Italy). He studied guitar making in Milan with Enrico Bottelli, where he had the opportunity to get to know many guitars by Antonio de Torres, Simplicio, Garcia, and many others. His guitars are built in the traditional way but are well recognizable by their own elements. Behind the tie block, for example, a part of the bridge was excavated to optimize the angle of the strings and thus promote vibrations.
Due to the large number of excellent luthiers exhibiting their instruments and the outstanding quality of the guitars presented at the Roma Guitar Expo, it is certainly a globally unique event in the area of classical guitars. Every year, carefully selected guitar makers are invited to present a special edition, a one- of-a-kind guitar that sets a very high benchmark in terms of woodworking, craftsmanship and sound.
Ennio Giovanetti’s 2022 REG Limited Edition guitar is an audacious Daniel Friederich replica from 1964. Audacious because Daniel Friederich models with spruce tops have been somewhat under the radar compared to those with cedar tops and copying such a guitar is a clear sign of Ennio Giovanetti’s fascination with these exceptional instruments.
One of the special features of this guitar is that it was built entirely from woods that belonged to Daniel Friederich’s personal stock. Ennio Giovanetti visited the now late master in 2017 and acquired some fine timbers after Daniel Friederich had closed his workshop. This guitar made of spruce and Rio rosewood (Cites-certified) is therefore a One of a Kind with remarkable sound and woods of unique provenance.
A few words of Ennio Giovanetti about this very special 2022 REG Limited Edition:
“The Special Edition guitar that I am presenting this year is a copy of an original instrument that I owned years ago. The guitar is a 1964 Daniel Friederich in spruce and Brazilian rosewood. At the time, I purchased this Friederich guitar as I was so impressed by its singular sound. The guitar was elementary in appearance and built with a design very similar to the one initially approached by Robert Bouchet.
In 2017 I had the opportunity to visit Daniel Friederich’s workshop in Paris. At that time, he was starting to sell some of his tools and woods as he stopped his activity. I would describe this period as a particular time in my working career. Meeting Daniel Friederich was a great help to me because talking to him and seeing his workshop gave me new stimuli and a new desire to work. The instrument I am presenting here at the 2022 Roma Expo Guitar is made from the woods I bought that day from Daniel Friederich in his workshop. Specifically, the spruce was dated 1962 and is the same spruce he used two years later to build my 1964 guitar. The Brazilian rosewood was rarely used by the master and had been left all these years for that very reason. This gave me the idea to make an exact copy of my own 1964 Daniel Friederich. The spruce, the rosewood on the back and sides, and the neck come from the woods I bought from him. I paid homage to the master by trying to reproduce as faithfully as possible the sound of the instrument he had built years before, as a form of admiration and respect for his work, which was so important for my career.”
Check out the presentation video of this specific guitar below in which you will find plenty of extra information about its playability and sound.
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|Brazilian rosewood (CITES certified)
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