The course was a bit crammed. Building such a beauty in 10 days only requires a lot of commitment for beginners like us. I think today Thomas Stratmann`s guitar-building-courses last 14 days and that is certainly an improvement. It gives you some time to breathe (between two sips of beer). But don`t get me wrong! I fully enjoyed it altough it was exhausting.
The last days were so intense there wasn`t much time left for taking fotos. Some days we worked till midnight. But it was worth every single minute! In the end I was so exhausted and exited and at the same time so sad that it was over that I couldn`t help but cry when I left Thomas`shop with my new guitar on the shoulder.
I`ll never forget how much I enjoyed this experience!
Thanks Thomas and Paul, Frankie, Markus and Dentist!
Note that thing on the left behind my head.
That weirdly shaped guitar on the wall is Thomas Stratmann`s FORMENTERA guitar. The body has the same shape like the spanish island of Formentera (only a little bit smaller).
Thomas Stratmann and Dieter "Atze" Gölsdorf, the man behind the "Rockinger" and "Duesenberg" and "Göldo" companies founded "Formentera Guitars" in the eighties, I think. Thomas offered guitar-building-courses there as well - just like this one here.
Today his former business partner Ekki Hoffmann runs these Formentera courses.
The year before I went to Thomas Stratmann in Hannover I had already built a guitar in Formentera with Ekki.
See it and read about it
The two guitars above look gorgeous but yet a little pale.
The reason is that both were not oiled because Markus and the Dentist wanted them to get a "proper" laquer based sprayed finish.
Of course this can`t be done that quickly during a 10 days course...
I would love to see pictures of these guitars as they look today!
A guitar-building-course with Thomas Stratmann is the the best thing you can do. As you can see from my fotos the most important and difficult steps will be done by Thomas himself if you may feel a little uncertain about them. So you can be sure that the neck fits perfectly into the body and that the qualitiy is up to custom shop level.
The course and the accomodation in Hannover will not be cheap but will result in a custom guitar that you`ll love more than any instrument you can buy.
The last two fotos show that alternatively Thomas can build any guitar for you that you may dream of if you don`t dare to build one yourself.
Click here to got to Thomas Stratmann`s website.