Dieter Hopf 12-string contra guitar 1973


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This guitar from the workshop of Dieter Hopf is a true one-of-a-kind. This 12-string concert guitar was built especially for the famous conductor Friedemann Karl Riehle. He was the only owner of this guitar!

Hopf has been a name in instrument making since 1669. Since then, the chronology can be documented without gaps until today. The family tradition of over 350 years and the more than 60 years of experience of Dieter Hopf alone give an idea of the knowledge that goes into Hopf guitars.
Dieter Hopf was born in 1936 in Zwota / Vogtland, completed a 2-year apprenticeship as a violin maker in Mittenwald and finally specialised in guitar making. He has been working as a master guitar maker in Taunusstein since the 1960s. He has trained and shaped a whole generation of guitar makers and is considered one of the best guitar makers in Germany.

Hopf worked intensively for the further development of the concert guitar and acquired 2 patents: The free-swinging soundboard system and the so-called “rosette bridge” (additional soundhole openings at the bridge).

This guitar is something special and has special sound characteristics.
First of all the guitar is enormously powerful and impresses with a long lasting sustain. The sound quality can be described as mystical with an almost magical attraction. The guitar fills the entire room with the most beautiful tones and impresses with a breathtaking variety of timbres. An absolutely noble instrument on concert level – very finely built for highest tonal demands.

The guitar was recently brought to Dieter Hopf for appraisal and it will come with an certificate.
The top is made of cedar, back and sides of Indian Rosewood. The scale length is 660 mm.

The condition of the guitar is very good. The guitar has only slightest signs of use.
It comes with a beautiful and extremely noble guitar case!


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