Last year we have been more than impressed by a spruce top from the luthier Christian Koehn. This new cedar is maybe the best traditional classical guitar that we have played. I know that sounds overstated.. but really this guitar is amazing..
Christian is a young luthier from Berlin – Germany who build amazing traditional guitars which are as powerful as a DT or a lattice. His guitars include an innovative turnavoz inspired by the bass-relex systems on the upper side which brings sustain and warm colors. One the best traditional guitar for sure.
The guitar offers a 3 pieces indian rosewood and a cedar top. The overall color of the guitar is traditional but with a huge sound and a long sustain. The playability is excellent. The craftmanship is amazing.
There is a soundport on the upper side which is not a soundport but behaves like a bass-reflex system which adds sustain and a warm tone to the guitar. As a result, the guitar is incredibilit loud with a very delicate sound.
The cedar brings some warmness to the guitar. The tone is very close to the ones of the best guitars that we had but with some clarity and a great balance. The bass are big and deep.The string separation perfect. No double-top or lattice colors, just a classical guitar tone with huge sound.
Here are some information on Christian taken from hs website :
I was born in Berlin on the 1st of January 1976 and grew up in this wonderful and unconventional city. When I was 12 years old my parents gave me a classical guitar and, quickly, I was fascinated by its sound and its simple yet perfect shape.
During my studies in agriculture I spent a lot of time in libraries. That is where a copy of Roy Courtnall’s „Making Master Guitars“ fell into my hands. This was a very inspiring moment in my life.
In my one-room student apartment I made my first guitar. Looking back, it wasn’t particularily beautiful, but it sounded better than any guitar I could afford at that time.
I contacted Roy Courtnall and, shortly after, was on my way to England to study with him at Newark College. So I learned how to make classical guitars in the traditional way. During my studies I was also instructed by Tony Johnson, Malachy Brady and James Lister. I also visited Paul Fischer’s and Gary Southwell’s workshops.
In 2006 I graduated from International Guitar Making School (Newark College). I received a diploma with distinction and was awarded the Ashley Mark Publishing Prize (Classical Guitar Magazine UK) for being the best in my graduation class. After that I took the opportunity to acquire a deeper knowledge in the art of restoration and repair at Newark School of Violin Making. There I met my wife, the violin maker Thilde van Norel. In 2007 we moved to Berlin. We have two children and share a workshop in Kreuzberg.
After all this experience I still have this one desire: to build the next guitar – and to make it even better.