Andreas Kirmse for sale at Classic Guitars International for fine classical and flamenco guitars, Chris Kamen
NEW Andreas Kirmse
Cedar Double Top
Top: Cedar Double Top
Back and sides: Rosewood
Scale: 650mm
Origin: Germany
Price: $8,500

This stellar double top has found a new home already, if you are interested in learning about the new one to arrive soon, please let me know...

While there are fantastic guitar builders all over the world, somehow we all understand what someone means when they refer to that 'Spanish sound', the Spanish just have captured some mystical 'aura' that we all identify with Spain. Likewise the Germans have somehow accomplished much the same phenomenon with double tops. While there are a few fine double top builders in other countries, there is a definite 'German double top sound' that you find in the German double tops that is highly evocative, not surprisingly, of Dammann, given his huge influence on double top builders all over the world but especially in Germany. Through my relationship with the finest German double top builders, and other significant figures in the German guitar world, I have for years been keeping a watchful eye out for any highly talented builder of double tops in that country. For years, nothing, but eventually my patience was rewarded when I was introduced to two very talented German double top builders, one of whom was Andreas Kirmse.

Andreas built this guitar, influenced heavily ( and you can hear this ) by the Dammann style, and chose to build a Cedar Double Top. Im very impressed with this guitar it is rich and dark and warm and very full bodied with excellent volume and projection, she sings with a beautiful voice, a top level double top. It took me a lot of patience and the help of many of my friends and contacts in Germany to discover a builder who could build a double top at this level under the $10,000 level, and Andreas so easily surpassed all my expectations that I am thrilled to introduce him to my clients. Andreas added position markers on 5 and 7 and utilizes an elevated fret board as well...

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