BERSTECHER guitars bear my family name, and they are the result of my many years of experience as a musician and guitar maker. When I began my training as a concert and flamenco guitar maker in 1995, it didn’t take long for me to realize that the main difference between a factory-made guitar and a guitar fashioned by a master craftsman lies in its dynamic qualities. The greater the dynamic range of an instrument, the more a gifted musician will be able to express with it. Strangely enough, this principle appears to hardly play a role at all for electric guitar manufacturers, although electric amplification should only serve to enhance the sensitivity and thus the dynamic range of the instrument. This led me to believe that there is clear room for improvement here. I thus began searching for a way to transfer the dynamic qualities found in the world of concert guitars to the electric guitar in order to enable an ultra-sensitive, musical playing style. I wanted the instruments to sound vibrant, pulsating and yet lively – at maximum as well as at minimum output. I wanted to create an impression of depth like that otherwise found only in the visual domain of 3D technology. Unfortunately, the sound of most instruments available on the market is disappointingly flat in this discipline.
The deluxe version of the model Old Whisky comes astoundingly close to achieving this goal. Mr. Häussel's BigMag single coils with their gigantic magnets create a sensational, warm dynamic pressure, similar to that of a P90 pickup. The resonant frequency of the BigMag is considerably higher, however, allowing it to retain the typical character of the ST. For gain amplifier settings, Häussel's VIN+ B A5 humbucker with Alnico5 magnets is available. This powerful and well-balanced vintage humbucker is rich in harmonics can also be split as needed. The sound of the mahogany body is clear as a bell, lending an additional dose of warmth to Old Whisky. The deliberate absence of a muting tremolo system and the string-through body provide for the necessary sustain. The palisander fingerboard gives the instrument a degree of musical articulation and lightness (overtones) that would be almost impossible to achieve with maple. All in all, Old Whisky Deluxe delivers a sound that is very ST-like and warm. The basses are extremely resonant and percussive. The responsiveness is excellent, the articulation sensational, and the dynamic range truly more than enormous.
BERSTECHER guitars are made from FSC cerified woods only.
Starting on 2 January 2017, you will receive a certificate of origin from us with every purchase to document the fact that the palisander or bubinga wood used in your instrument comes from legal harvesting and trade.
Please take notice that the German customs authorities need up to 8 business-days to prepare all necessary export documents for us. This will delay the total shipping time a little.
The reason is the following:
At the World Wildlife Conference in Johannesburg in September 2016, all palisander and bubinga species were added to the so-called CITES Appendix II. The inclusion in CITES II means that starting on 2 January 2017 trade with these wood species will not be prohibited entirely but will be subject to restrictions. This will involve a lot of additional bookkeeping for producers, wholesalers, retailers, and guitar makers, but not for you.
What do the new trade restrictions mean for musicians and owners of instruments?
No additional verification documents are necessary for ownership as such.
Travel inside the EU:
No special precautions are necessary for travel inside the EU.
Travel to non-EU countries:
Instruments made of the wood species in question may be taken to non-EU countries without verification documents as long as the weight of the wood protected by CITES II in all musical instruments together is less than 10 KG. The weight of transport containers and accessories is not included.
A verification document is recommended for resale. As a rule, this is the commercial invoice (which you receive from us) or a certificate confirming that the instrument was made using legal CITES II wood. If you do not have such documentation, the customs officials or the competent regional authorities may confiscate the products if they are being offered for private sale. If you have kept your invoices for instruments purchased before 2 January 2017 or can provide other clear evidence (e.g., inventory in your tax return, import documents...) that the instruments were purchased before 2 January 2017, you should keep these documents in a safe place and leave a copy with the instruments. No further measures are necessary for the time being.