Getting infected by the guitar-making-virus as a teenager, Jost von Huene just started to build guitars at home. He then apprenticed with Wolfgang Amman and studied instrument making in Markneukirchen. He opened his own workshop in Dresden in 2007. Since then he has specialised in making traditional and modern nylon strings. In recent years he has concentrated on the development of a modern crossover guitar- the Ellipse. The heart of this guitar is a special double top to give a good acoustic projection and resistance to feedback. Reentko, Jule Malischke, Silvio Schneider and others are playing the Ellipse around the world.
Its crazy times – in this situation its hard for me to just continue what I am doing, making nice guitars. Musicians are threatened, democracy is endangered, busyness is hard – so what to do? Do something interesting, sensible and uplifting:
The Corona Uke
-Test the superlight and fastgrowing Paulowniawood for top and neck: is it a sustainable alternative to Cedar/ Spruce and Cedro/Mahagoni?
-use of local hardwoods on Back/Sides and Fingerboard Cherry, Apple
-stay sane, doing something nice and easy
So far its working very well- i think Paulownia will certanly apear more in european instruments and helps to save the planet a little bit.