Photos: Thierry André
Rolf was named after Rolf-Carlos Klausener, formerly of The Acorn. His girlfriend at the time contacted me for to build what would become his birthday present. He eventually found out about the build, and came to my workshop. By seeing the gourd I had in the works, he hinted that a round -cut- could be made at its back to give better ergonomics. That was a magical little moment, and I owe a lot to Rolf for this design.
This ladder-braced folk instrument had a wonderful voice right off the workbench. It was equipped with a K&K pickup which sounded fantastic : Everybody was happy with this creation, and I never heard back until Rolf called me and asked if I could make another one for him... Because his beloved gourd companion had been stolen at a show.
I made Guitare-Fruit no.2 to replace -Rolf-, and he recorded a wonderful song with it, titled -Slippery when wet-. Its honestly a pretty fantastic little chunk of folk music...so lets hear it...and if you see the original Rolf in your area, please contact me directly!