Roy Fankhänel runs his workshop in Oelsnitz, Germany, where he builds guitars in the German tradition. He shows a very high level of craftsmanship that can be seen in features such as the V-joint, the details of the rosette, the design of the head, and the quality of the construction in general. His guitars are powerful instruments with a generous rich sound. They are very easy to play and feature a slightly radiused elevated fingerboard.
This beautiful guitar is Roy Fankhänel’s latest model “Clara”, developed in early 2020. Roy has made some changes in the construction method to produce a guitar with even more projection and volume, as well as an elegant and elaborate appearance. This instrument has a special back bracing and triple sides. Nevertheless, the weight has not increased, and this lightweight guitar is very comfortable to handle. Numerous inlays, especially on the bridge and on the rosette, give it an imposing and well-conceived overall look that shows a strong influence of Spanish tradition.
The sound qualities of this guitar are incredible. It is a very powerful instrument with a very rich and versatile tone. Also, the sustain is one of the outstanding qualities of this guitar. It is consistent right up to the high registers and especially between the 12th and 20th fret it sounds simply phenomenal. With this newer guitar, Roy really brought his concept one further step, and it is delightful to hear how rich and warm this guitar sounds.
|Back and sides:||Madagascar rosewood|
|Case:||Hiscox Pro II|