1992 Daniel Friederich ex Angel Romero
A stunning, sensational, triumph of a guitar. I have always admired the work of Daniel Friederich but this particular example causes me, as a luthier, to send deep bows of respect in his general direction.
This particular guitar was owned by Angel Romero, used for his album Bella and now lives with a dear friend and client of mine, who treasures it like no other. I should also mentioned, this client does not, in general, favor cedar topped guitars. Until he met this one.
Sonically this guitar is very powerful, deep velvet tone with clarity and well disciplined overtones all up and down the fingerboard. The evenness of it's response is incredible and the tonal palette leaves nothing to be desired by those who favor spruce guitars or feel that cedar is incapable of producing that kind of guitar. What this guitar demonstrates so well is that the skill of the maker trumps all. As an interesting side note, I have never before seen a Friederich that was braced as an exact interpretation of the design known as Bouchet bracing. Bouchet obviously was a huge influence on Friederich, but every one I've seen has used that influence as a point of departure. Not so with this guitar and the results make me wonder if he built more like it. As a builder myself, I certainly would.