Dennis Tolz


Prize guitar Luthier for the David Russell Bach Prize


Dennis Tolz was born in 1985 and grew up in Berlin. He started playing the guitar at the age of fifteen and upon discovering the craft of guitar making his wish to become a guitar maker was born. In 2011, after a six-year long training period in England and Germany, he opened a workshop for classical guitars in his hometown.

Already during his studies he developed a keen interest in acoustics and structural mechanics with the aim of gaining a more thorough understanding of the guitar and its sound production. Since 2012 Dennis has been working exclusively on the development of his own double top model, which is trying to create a symbiosis of tradition and the modern. After intensive research and exchange with well known luthiers like Gernot Wagner, Dennis developed a method of top construction which keeps the traditional stiffness ratios of a solid wooden top intact while reducing its mass by 30 to 40 per cent. The result is an instrument with a traditional colourful timbre with noticeably improved response, overall volume and playability.

Tolz Guitars enjoy a worldwide growing popularity and Dennis can count several world renowned players among his customers.

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