Daniel Friederich of Paris - Rue Sergent Bauchat

  • Year:

    1967 - number 185. Labelled, signed and dated by the maker.

  • Body:

    South American rosewood. With decorative centre strip and very fine purfling lines.

  • Front:

    European spruce carrying an earlier version of Daniel Friederich's much-admired rosette and matching decoration to the top of the bone-framed bridge tie-block.

  • Tuners:

    Fustero - having lyre ends, engraved black and brass sideplates and translucent, perloid buttons mounted on a rosewood-faced head.

  • Scale:

    65cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard

  • Neck Width:

    50mm at the nut with 43.5 mm string spacing.

  • Weight:

    1423 grams

  • Condition:

    All original condition with no work having been done on it. No repairs, no cracks, no re-polishing. This is a guitar that has been played professionally for decades and therefore has an expected amount of playing wear, the most significant being a patch outside the treble strings. The polish is also worn thin in some areas but no more than can be expected with a guitar that was professionally played for the best part of 40 years, which of course has contributed to its quite exceptional sound; certainly one of the best guitars of any maker that I have played.

  • Comments:

    This is such a fine guitar - so full of character and spontaneous sound. This was originally bought from Daniel Friederich in 1967 by a young woman who sold it just four years later to a Parisien professional. He played the instrument until sustaining hand injury just a few years ago.
    This number 185 is the next guitar produced after one I owned and played for some years, number 184 and regretted selling a few years ago.
    This one is near identical, also with Brazilian and spruce - and 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 profound and sonorous - the bottom octave of the note is very steady and this seems to give a solid, focussed and sustaining sound. The treble is 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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