Rolf Eichinger was born on 10 September 1944 in Stuttgart. As a young man he studied industrial design. As he became more and more interested in guitar playing, he turned out to be an excellent guitarist and worked as a guitar teacher at Stuttgart’s music school for several years. On extensive journeys and stays in Spain, especially Andalusia, he learned the language and made friends with some of Granada’s best guitar builders, e.g. Antonio Marin Montero or Jose Lopez Bellido. Rolf always brought guitars back to Germany from his travels for his students. The demand increased so much that he decided to open a guitar shop. In 1997 Rolf decided to move to Granada, where in his opinion the most outstanding contemporary masters of guitar making lived, and from where he had gained the great inspiration for his own work in order to establish himself as a luthier there. In 2007 he fell seriously ill with cancer and moved to Salobrena on the south coast of Andalusia. There he died on 18 September 2009. During his time as a guitar builder Rolf Eichinger built about 300 instruments.
This sublime guitar built in 2006 has a slightly smaller body and a scale length of only 64 cm, which makes it very easy and pleasant to play. Make no mistake about it, this guitar is a little bomb and has an impressive reactivity and volume. Rolf Eichinger’s guitars are known for their rich and distinctive sound, and this one is an outstanding example of this. The great balance of this instrument and the charm of its sound really makes it a special guitar. Besides it is in great condition with a single repaired hair line crack on the side and a perfectly repaired part on the lower bout of the back (thanks to Bernhard Kresse’s fine craftsmanship).
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