souldier wrote: JLV wrote:
I saved ten years of waiting list
and for me JNR reached already the top of french luthiers.
(I already had 2 Friedrich, and 2 Field)
His guitars are superlatives in every way.
Would love to hear your thoughts on how the Rohe compares with Friedrich and Field
The question was not asked of me but I have a perspective. I have played a 1984 cedar Friederich, a 1990 spruce Field, a 2014 spruce Field and a 2012 spruce Rohe. Firstly, they are all built beautifully. The best French luthiers just have this understated beauty in their instruments I love. The second thing is they are all powerful instruments (well, the latter Field is if the earlier one was less so). The third thing is they each have this wonderful cavernous effect, as though they are producing a big sound in a big hall. Not quite lattice loud, certainly not bright, but like a large acoustic space where the sounds ring and ring.
The Friederich has what I call a 'caramel' colour to its sound, typical of the best cedar, but with a lovely first string and lots of nice overtones that stops the sound becoming closed or cloying. Powerful, deep bass.
The Field sounds more neutral to me. I think it is possibly the most 'neutral' guitar I have heard - as if you can make it sound bright or sweet depending on how you play it. It likes to be pushed and has amazingly dynamic abilities. Polyphony is gorgeous. Voice separation exemplary.
The Rohe sounded both sweet and dynamic. Lovely rich, warm spruce sound with great weight but good voice separation. Its tonally luxurious. Really, I found it very, very hard to get a bad sound out of this guitar. It is very forgiving in a 'beautiful' sort of way.
Just some thoughts.