the early years 1978 - 1985 in
Born 1960 I got the first infection of the guitar virus
when my parents brought me to a flamenco concert when I was eight years
I remember there was just one man on stage with his
flamenco guitar and no PA or anything - he blew me away.
Then "The Monkees" came on the TV, I didn´t miss one
episode and I knew - I wanted to play in
Begging for a guitar I finally got a classical one at
X-mas 1971 plus lessons for a year.
Around that time nearby my Dads carpentry a record shop
closed down and I managed to rescue many big
boxes full with brandnew records. It took me weeks to
listen trough the lot (lots of crap) and I discovered bands I never
existed. Led Zeppelin, Yes, King Crimson, Zappa,
Stooges etc. - Uhh, it was like paradise.
I got bored with the classical stuff and urgently
needed an electric guitar. After school I often helped my Dad in the
doing lots of sanding, staining and spraying to earn a
bit of money.
In 1973 I bought my first electric, an Ibanez LesPaul
and started playing with friends. Since then the guitar has ruled my life
In 1974 I formed the band "FLICKWERK" with
my mate and drummer Akki which lasted about 6 years.
I finished school in 1977 and started a 3-year
apprenticeship as a luthier at a company called HOPF.
They were one of the old established guitar-companys
like Framus or Hofner. At that time the factory had about 80
and produced everything stringed from low cost to high
class masterpieces. The job was often hard and sweaty and I wanted to
a few times - but after all I´m very thankful for this
training, I went trough every step of guitarmaking from cutting the
logs to the final adjustments.
Meanwhile I was much more interested in
guitarplaying than making them and did put most of my effort into
Until 1980 I only made a few guitars for
myself and friends, apart from all the guitars I made at
But the word spread that my guitars are a bit special.
So in 1980 after my examination as a guitarmaker
my instruments got ordered more and
Between 1980 and 85 I made a lot of guitars and basses,
repairs, plus restored and frenchpolished antiques.
At night most of the time I played gigs, did
a few studio jobs and tried out many bands. I had quite a few
U.S. customers owing to the american Airforce base in
Wiesbaden where I lived.
In 1983 I shared a booth with pickup guru Bill
Lawrence at the Frankfurt Music Fair,
thanks Bill, I learned a lot from
this is the first electric guitar I ever made, in 1978
in the workshop of Dieter Hopf, who was my master.
He said he would pay for the wood, so I tried to get
the most out of it.
Electrics were not so popular at that company, for the
1st year of training we just made acoustics, classical
The body parts were made up of 3 very old
cello neck blanks. Unfortunatly this guitar got stolen in
first fretless Bass
1979, click on the picture to
made for Juraj Galan. One of the first Dommengets, ca.
Body and neck are mahagony, ebony fretboard, my first
homemade pickups and bridge
you can watch Juraj playing his guitar
I made this flamenco guitar in 1980 as part of my
examination as a luthier.
I made a couple of "Z" guitars like this, ca.
First lefthand Z, ca. 1980
a happy customer
Z 3 Star
made in my first workshop (one room in my 2-room flat),
The finish is shellac frenchpolished. I wasn´t
allowed to spray nitro (which I did outside the window) because of the
Another "Z", around the same time
ordered by Peter Driessen
The first BAT ca. 1981
the 2nd BAT
this guitar got stolen
made for Dieter Petereit (Doldinger´s PASSPORT),
thats the one that did beat the firebird (for me).
I had to be careful to promote my own name because of legal reasons.
I wasn´t a "master" and regarding german law not allowed to officially be
selfemployed as a guitarmaker. The EU changed all
Anyway, thats why there are a few of my guitars out
there called "AnyWay" (1979-1983) and some only have a star in the
all AnyWay models were of mahagony and equiped
with Bill Lawrence pickups.
I had a few of them on display at the 1983
Frankfurt Music Fair where I shared a booth with
all mahagony, click on the picture to
Customorder "HANK MARVIN"
synthesizer guitar , ca. 1982
The first DOUBLECUT
I got my first testreview in the magazine
FACHBLATT in 1985 with this guitar, click
The DOUBLECUT is my most constant seller, I still make
After the testreview came out a big german company
approached me to exclusively distribute my guitars.
They ordered quite a big amount of
guitars. So I managed to get a loan from
my bank to get the material to be able to work on this order for a few
months. Some weeks later I got a letter from this company saying they wanted
to cancel the order.
Young and naive as I was, I had nothing on paper in my
hands and was suddenly sitting on a big amount of debts.
Shocked by this experience I lost interest in
guitarmaking at that time and wanted to start something completly
I sold my workshop, all the machines and material, just
kept my tools for doing repairs and a few guitars for
and moved to London.
The London years 1985 -1988
I took on a nice job as an antique furniture
at Dome antiques in Islington, north London. A couple
of months later I changed to Keith Skeel antiques,
one of the most exclusive antique warehouses in the
U.K., working on high class barock, renaissance
and east Asienantiques.
1989 I moved to Hamburg for family reasons. 2001 I
moved to the coutryside of Balje.