Herbert Riedl


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Herbert Riedl was born into a family of violin makers and grew up on the street where Höfner produced guitars including the world-famous Beatles bass. With his friends he earned money stacking wood behind the factory and later became a journeyman at Höfner. He stayed with the company, building guitars for 22 years. During his time at Höfner, he experienced first-hand the boom that Bubenreuth enjoyed during the heyday of guitar building in that area of Germany. Herbert takes special pride in creating miniature violins and guitars in his free time, which are testimony of his extraordinary skills.