Rudi Kreul "The Roal" - "Schlaggitarre" - about 1960

Rudi Kreul
born 03.Jan.1925 in Markneukirchen
1955 moved to Norway

died 19. Nov. 2010 in Norway

Rudi Kreul was a Violin builder. After 1948 he noticed that "Schlaggitarren" - today we say Archtops - got a demand on the market. So he designed his own line. Inspired by a Gibson L5 but in the tradition of the old violin makers. He mostly worked with a small thumb plane, using woods from his Cello line. Remarkable is his deep hollow cove parallel to the binding on top and back of the body. Later borrowed by other German luthiers.

About 1955 he emigrated to Norway, founded a new workshop and later became a co-partner of a music store.

Some sources say that he did not built guitars any more in Norway, but concentrated on violins and cellos. This may be right for the later years after 1960-65. But in the first years he developed his early designs up to modern demands. Sadly he did not date his guitars.

For more informations about Rudi Kreul and German Schlaggitarren I recommend the website of Stefan Lob - http://www.schlaggitarren.de/home.php. Many thanks for his studies and efforts for publishing.
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VK/SP: € 1.399,00 (MWSt kann nicht ausgewiesen werden/VAT cannot be separated)
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FACTS
As a result the offered guitar cannot be dated exactly. But I will exclude, that this guitar is built before 1955 in the former German Democratic Republic. The headstock decal says
The Loar. Such an anglicism was forbidden in a socialist state. Following this assumption and considering what is forwarded from the pre-owners, this guitar is built around 1960.

Likewise this guitar is missing the usual decal with the signature of Rudi Kraul name. But you can see the glue marks of the former decal inside.

FACTS

  • 17" x 3" Archtop without Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Spruce with deep hollow cove
  • Rim: Maple
  • Back: solid lightly-striped Maple with deep hollow cove
  • Multi binding with 5 layers, black/white at top, back + rim
  • F-hole binding
  • Lacquering: Nitro-cellulose
  • Neck: maple, laminated with 3 stripes of mahogany
  • Screwed heel-joint
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Nut: 45.2 mm
  • Zero-fret
  • Scale: 638 mm
  • Neck profile: fat U-shape (bold flat back)
  • Bridge: rosewood with adjustable riders of fret wire
  • Pickguard: Celluloid, binding with 5 layers
  • Pickup: Shadow Attila Zoller - not original
  • Tuner: Grover
  • incl. Gigbag
  • Weight: 3 kg

Due to it's age this guitar is in good condition. Some little dots, some lacquer crackles… See photos. The statics of top and back is still perfect. First frets without remarkable marks of playing - photos showing 3rd + 12th fret

Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960

Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960
Rudi Kreul - The Roal - about 1960