Johan grew up in a world full of music, visualization, and creativity. His father is a guitarist, and his grandfather was a lute maker. He first studied jazz guitar at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and later guitar making at the CMB (Centre for Musical Instrument Making, Puurs – Belgium). As a trained guitarist and luthier, he knows all the facets and demands of the instrument. Since 2021 he also teaches the art of classical guitar making at the CMB. Johan specialises in classical and flamenco guitars, using the technique of the Spanish masters. He avoids the use of machines, crafts everything essential to the sound of the guitar by hand and refines all of his instruments with a French shellac polish. He received the “Gouden Bootschaaf 2017” – the golden finger plane 2017, an award that praises instrument makers for exceptional craftsmanship and spreading their knowledge about guitar making.
This exquisite guitar is a faithful replica of the 1917 Enrique Garcia instrument, numbered 187 and currently residing within a prestigious collection in Paris. It embodies the quintessential Barcelona style, renowned for its warm, clear, and ringing sound that captures the essence of early 20th-century Spanish guitar craftsmanship. The guitar boasts an impressive bass response, a strong and defined middle range, and trebles that shine with real clarity and long sustain. Its responsiveness to vibrato and a wide variety of tone colors makes it a versatile instrument, capable of expressing the subtlest nuances of emotion and technique, appealing to both classical guitar aficionados and players who cherish historical accuracy along with superb musicality.
Visually, the guitar presents a harmony of shapes and proportions, reflecting the meticulous attention to detail that characterizes the finest examples of guitar making. The sparkling rosette stands out as a particularly captivating feature, drawing the eye and highlighting the instrument’s aesthetic appeal. This rosette, coupled with the guitar’s overall design, makes it not just a musical instrument but a piece of art that commands admiration. Its well-balanced form factor not only contributes to the guitar’s stunning appearance but also to its playability, offering a comfortable and engaging experience for the musician.
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|Knobloch EDC 34.0
|Hiscox Pro II