The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”

Auguste Rodin

The lightness of touch can sweep you off your feet


Kevin Hennig


Thomas Rein

Sept. 1 2017  Hans Creek



Soundboard European Spruce Picea abies

  Back, Sides, Bindings Circa 1960 East Indian Rosewood  Dalbergia latifolia

Neck Honduran Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla

Bridge, Fretboard Ebony Diospyros


BODY LENGTH 19-5/16″
LOWER BOUT 14-7/16″
WAIST 8-7/16″
UPPER BOUT 10-9/16″
NUT WIDTH 1 3/4″
Price Sold


1.Chordal Response:  a fast energetic, lively, response, glittery- light chordal weight with crisp developed highs, warm productive bass  4.95
𝑑1 = 4.95   ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:  12- 14 secs  superb sustain with upper/ lower partials,    4.95
𝑑2 = 4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
3. Basic volume and presence: a loud productive, dynamic and radiant crisp voice, rewarding and balanced spectrum of “open” tone     4.9
𝑑3 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus, shimmering bright -rich highs, airy and decadent bass wet and dry notes, possible, excellent balance and articulation     4.9
𝑑4 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9)

5.Systematic sustain: warm full sustain, wet and dry response possible, versatile sustain from flat picking to finger-style, crisp malleable sustain, capable of building a lot of amplitude  4.9
𝑑5 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9)
6. Response compliance: energetic, lively response with balanced lush finish, very active and balanced spectrum     4.9
𝑑6 = 4.9 ( 4.85 -n) +1 =1.9 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: very well balanced with a crisp acoustic note drenched in classical nuances and nylon visions, an enthusiastic fun voice, inviting vibrant, Chirping harmonics, effortless playability,             4.9
𝑑7 = 4.9 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.9 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are very well balanced, refined sound with expert articulation,  4.9
𝑑8 = 4.9 ( 4.75-n) +1 =1.9 )
9. Tone projection: forward intimate. concert, focused tone production, radiated sound full box breaths, crisp-sharp-radiant-highs      4.95
𝑑9 =4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95)
10. A large dynamic range: a superb array of “electrifying” dynamics, soft, open, sweet, honey dipped classical spectrum of tone wrapped in a powerful responsive steel string box  4.9
𝑑10 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 = 1.9 )

11. Tonal bloom: full bloom cycles, almost unnoticeable due to electrifying brine of trebles over a warm courageous bass.    4.9
𝑑11 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )


Quality Of Tone

A courageous response to even the slightest of touch. This instrument presents a superb spectrum of malleable nuances from the classical realm backed in a very responsive and energetic box. Large heaps of cathedral-like sound capable of swooning even the most seasoned listeners and players. A full bodied sound with a lot of headroom to explore. Truly an exquisite instrument with tremendous musical potential.



∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)= 21.05
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = 21.05 / T
𝐏= 21.05/ 22 ≅ /10 ≅ 96%

The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem


This is a Rein Guitar original body design, headstock design, rosette, bracing pattern and voice. It was crafted in 2017 by Thomas Rein in his shop in St Louis, MO.

Notion of Design

“Nearly every guitar player has seen the iconic photo of Robert Johnson decked out in his pin-striped suit and Fedora hat holding a battered L-1. My R-1 pays homage to this guitar but with a few changes. The original L series guitar had a very short string length of 24-1/4” and 12 frets to the neck. By enlarging the shape 4%, I could get the shape to work with a 24.9” scale and 14-frets to the neck. The proportions of the body yield a very versatile shape that works with a 12-, 13-, or 14-fret neck.” —Thomas Rein


An exquisite guitar with a profound voice. Clean refined lines, historic wood, and carnal curves make this a very special instrument capable of being the ultimate muse.




Sept. 1 2017  Hans Creek