Philipp Neumann is a young German guitarmaker originally based in Leipzig, Germany.He worked with many luthier such as Stephan Schlemper and created his guitar workshop in 2004. He now lives in Belgium. This guitar are traditional-built but with a strong innovation in the top. He made a lot of of research and finally decided to stiffen his top by adding 4 cedar inlaid bars in the back ot the top to reinforce it and increase loudness. The top is much stronger but not heavier. The bracing is traditional. As a result the guitar is loud and balance with a rather clear color sound which is balanced but the use of cedar.
Here is some information borrowed from Philipp’swebsite :
Every single one of my guitars is the product of a long, intensive process. I call on all my knowledge and experience in order to produce high quality instruments. This is why I never build more than two guitars at the same time so that I can concentrate on every detail. Since the sound of the instrument depends greatly on the type of material I only use the best quality tone woods and no prefabricated parts at all.
A guitar is not finished until it completely satisfies my demands for a clear, open sound with full, round basses, velvety facials, a clear, brilliant trebles, moduled timbre, a singing, sustained tone and responsiveness. Only when I am satisfied that all these criteria have been met is the woodwork finished and the body closed up and polished with shellac. The results are melodious, unique pieces and professional instruments for guitarists.
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