Rodebald Hoyer (Rod) was
born in Schoenbach (1909) in the German speaking part of
what is now called the Czechoslovakia. He worked
alone with his father Anton and was later joined by Artur
Lang, as Anton's student. The family were not
related to Arnold Hoyer, the better known guitar
Schoenbach was a centre
for stringed instrument making but after WW11, the German
speaking peoples were expelled from the Czech Republic and
the luthier community migrated to Bavaria.
Rodebald set up his own
workshop when his father died, concentrating mainly on
archtops. Initially, all his guitars were
carved from solid woods but later a few laminate models were
introduced. Throughout, however, he
continued to use solid sides rather than to use laminated
and always made his own neck blanks which he carved himself.
Some guitars are
labelled but most are not.
This guitar is pure
vintage. It is a hand-carved, hand-made solid
top and sides German archtop of the early 60's. It has a
robust full scale neck, comfortable, not too thick and
with a full relief so has a highish action,
just the way these guitars always were.
Perfect for punching out
big chords all night long!
Musically, it is
superb. It has a powerful, rich, majestic voice
with a balanced tone and excellent projection.
This guitar has a very sophisticated sound with a big,
mellow, majestic voice from which a series of subtle sub
notes, overtones and choral sounds emerge and fade on its
long, long sustain. Amazing for such a full
years old (1961) it is in very good condition.
Cosmetically, it looks amazing, a few marks on
the top but excellent elsewhere.
Ideal for chordal work,
it would need less relief for single string work.
* I couldn't
resist. I have tried
it with my favourite pickup for this type of archtop (a
Shadow AZ49) and it sounds wonderful.