Daniel Friederich of Paris - Rue Sergent Bauchat

  • Year:

    1967 - number 211. Labelled, numbered and dated by the maker.

  • Body:

    East Indian rosewood - dark in colour and straight-grained with fine, double-line purfling and back centre-strip. The sides are single thickness, unlike the later ones that have doubled sides.
    Body length:- 485mm.
    Top bout:- 280 mm wide & 90 mm deep.
    Waist:- 239 mm & 94 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 367 mm wide & 92 mm deep.

  • Front:

    European spruce carrying a very fine-detailed version of Daniel Friederich's much-admired rosette and matching decoration to the top of the bone-framed bridge tie-block. With rosewood bridge.

  • Tuners:

    Fustero originals - having lyre ends, engraved brass side-plates and translucent, perloid buttons mounted on a rosewood-faced head.

  • Scale:

    65cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard

  • Neck Width:

    52mm at the nut with 42.5 mm string spacing. (The nut itself actually measures 51 mm but the very end of the fingerboard is 52)

  • Weight:

    1510 grams

  • Condition:

    Below the bridge, the front has two cleated cracks. They are both tight closed, stable and have no effect on the sound. That is the only significant thing to report.
    In more detail:-
    The back of the head and neck have recently been re-polished and now are as-new.
    The back & sides have the original finish which has normal playing and handling marks with some dulling of the polish. There are no bad, unsightly marks.
    The front again has normal end-of-nail, playing marks and a patch where the polish was worn away on the bass-side, lower bout. Two tight cracks on the treble side of the bridge tie-block have been cleated; one a long time ago; one very recently.
    The ebony fingerboard is in good condition with some minor surface wear. The frets have some wear but do not appear to affect the sound or playability. They are also of a thickness still where the surface wear could be substantially dressed out.

  • Comments:

    This is such a beautiful-sounding guitar - so full of character, warmth and singing sweetness.
    Made in a period before Daniel Friederich made heavier guitars with doubled sides and with generally a heavier sound. It has depth of bass from air resonance at F# and the bass notes are very focussed and sonorous - the bottom octave of the note is very steady and this seems to give a solid and sustaining sound. The bass and middle are lovely with many cello-like sounds. The treble is very sweet, lyrical and interesting - a wonderful guitar. The majority of Daniel Friederich's output in later decades were heavier cedar guitars - very impressive and much revered by concert artists, but those spruce ones from the mid-60's and just into the 1970's really grab me.

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  • Price:
    Sold October 2016
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