Jean-Noël Rohé, whose workshop is in the heart of Strasbourg, not far from the beautiful cathedral, is a maker who follows in the traditions and ethos of master makers Dominique Field and Daniel Friederich. He studied lutherie in England with the renowned craftsman Tony Johnson and Roy Courtnall at the Sherwood College in Newark and in 2004 Jean-Noël was awarded the title “Un des Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (one of the best craftsmen in France).
He makes approximately 10 guitars each year in order to achieve the meticulous build and finish quality he strives for. Made in a completely traditional style using top quality materials and fan-braced fronts, his guitars are very refined in the build and have a very refined sound with clarity, plenty of volume and good voice separation. His spruce-fronted guitars have surprisingly warm sound when new with a roundness of sound and character, but not too much to get in the way.
The fine detail of the rosette indicates the meticulous attention to Jean-Noël’s construction standard.
The quality and refinement of these guitars are recognised and highly-regarded in UK, Germany and Japan. Consequently Jean-Noël has an order list which becomes longer and of course his prices strengthen.
We have had two guitars each year from Jean-Noël Rohé and have others scheduled for the end of this year. The last one was bought recently by a British professional, David Jaggs, who has just recorded a new CD using both a 1971 spruce Daniel Friederich guitar, on loan from ourselves and also the new Jean-Noël Rohé guitar. We look forward to hearing that. You can here David Jaggs demonstrating different pieces on the two Jean-Noël Rohé guitar pages below.