The Lakewood Team
We are proud of our team because each member is special!
Martin SeeligerAs founder and creator of Lakewood Guitars in 1986, Martin is the face and deep soul of Lakewood. For many he has remained the primary contact to the company although nowadays his role encompasses a broad range of functions such as coordination, development, finance, distribution, dealerships, wholesalers and customer service.Martin personally approves each guitar dispatched from our works. Colleagues and customers mean everything to him. He buys the apples and puts them on the table for the communal daily Lakewood breakfast. And in winter when the snow needs clearing he will be the first one out there at ten to seven a.m. to do his bit.
Vico BachmannVico has been with Lakewood since 2001starting out as a luthier apprentice. Very quickly he progressed to a master luthier with extensive abilities. He has been a shareholder in Lakewood since 2010 and heads up the production. He is behind much of the development and optimization that has been implemented within the manufacturing process. Thanks to his business management qualification achieved in 2009, he participates in the financial management of the firm.
Markus HoppeMarkus started at Lakewood in October 2000 after his apprenticeship in the UK, first in the paint shop and then in the set-up section. Since 2003 he has been responsible for the Lakewood web site and has played an ever increasing role in the creative sector.
In 2006 he made a change and took over the marketing and sales functions. Since then he has been responsible for relationships with dealers, wholesalers and musicians as well as public relations, web site and graphic design. He has been a shareholder in the company since 2010.
The good soul in the office
Herta SoldanHerta is responsible for good vibes in the office! That is in addition to the other hard work she does such as wage administration, taxation, medical aid – which would be enough to put anyone in a bad mood... but not Herta. This cannot be over-valued!
She has a kind word for everyone and even presents the products of her baking skills at the daily breakfast. As you might imagine, the shelf life of one of her cakes in the office is very short!
The Luthier Team
Andreas NiethAndi is a luthier who has been with Lakewood from the very start. Anyone wondering how things were at Lakewood in the eighties will be rewarded with many wonderful anecdotes from him.
Andi handles raw material purchases and supplier contact – a vital role.
Quietly he sees to decency and tradition in this rather young team. In the production he handles the planing and finishing of strips for bindings and purflings and is responsible for all binding inlays and decoration.
Moritz SattlerMoritz is another longstanding Lakewood employee. Much of the firm’s know-how resides in the mind of this master-luthier and without him we would not be where we are today in many respects!
He is the mastermind behind creation of jigs, the preparation of CAD drawings and 3D computer designs right through to operation of the CNC machines. Circumspection, farsightedness and critical evaluation are his most important attributes. Above all he is a humorous guy and for everybody in the team a VIP.
Henrik KaiserHenrik is a guitar enthusiast with heart and soul. A part of the firm for the past 10 years, he has enriched the Lakewood team.
In the production Henrik is the "Lord of the timbers", because he takes care of all material deliveries from the very beginning and ensures that everything goes in the right place in the storage shelves. He also arranges conditioning of the woods, drying and preparation for subsequent working processes. He chooses the timbers for each body by estimating colors and structures to get a perfect wood choice for each single guitar.
René WeissRené has been with Lakewood since 2002, after completing his luthier training in Klingenthal. He is the most important (and by far the quickest) guy in the set-up section, where all guitars are finally adjusted following assembly and painting. He also handles repairs and servicing with dedication to the individual requirements of each customer. Due to his remarkable optical skills, he has undertaken photographic duties at Lakewood for a number of years, most importantly the beautiful catalogue and web site images (see his web page www.reneweiss-photography.de)
Jacob SchrötterWho would have thought that a heavy metal shredder would enjoy building acoustic guitars? Well we did, because for the past few years now we have had Jacob as a colleague. His even-tempered charming manner is a fine complement to our team.
A short while ago he successfully finished his German master luthier degree, congratulations! In the production, Jacob is for example responsible for necks, fret board bindings and body finishing. His precision contributes to the value of each guitar. And if you like, check out this metal head with the flying fingers on YouTube! xul91
Knut WagnerKnut has taken over the body making department for quite a while now. The perfect job for him, because he lets all his positive energy stream into each single guitar. Serenity, consideration and balance are properties that can only be achieved after intensive years in the Giessen punk music scene. His broad knowledge in music and styles is the time witness of this lively period.
Knut is also the main cookie supplier on the breakfast table of the Lakewood Team. Thank you mate!
Johannes SeeligerHannes has been ready qualified luthier since 2015 now. And as you can recognize by the name - he's Martin Seeliger's son.
After a time of work-experience in the United States he is back with us. With a broad sight and lots of enthusiasm Hannes is the wingman of René in the setup department. He prepares necks, makes nuts, polishes frets and mounts tuners. Furthermore, he polishes all high-gloss guitars on the buffing wheel.
His easy going and humorous personality is very important for the team.
Friedemann BeckFriedemann has been with us since January 2015 and is an absolute wealth grab. He's an experienced guitar maker that can draw on a lot of expert knowledge. Every week he takes care of the further processing of the guitar necks, touch-up of the fingerboards, fretting and last sanding before they receive the lacquering finish.
Also the gluing of the body bindings, sanding bodies and fitting necks are his fields that he manages together with Jacob.
Thomas GierschThomas has been our man in the lacquering departement since January 2016. He has taken the challenge of these difficult and exhausting procedures and now takes care of the perfect finish of each instrument. His accuracy and his sense of order are two main attributes that distinguish him. We are very happy to have him as part of our team.
The outer optical appearance of a guitar depends on the finish a great deal. Thomas has just the right feeling to do it perfectly!
Lea FujiwaraLea is in charge of all the delicate jobs here at Lakewood. Since 2016 she has been doing all adornments, like i.e. the Lakewood logo inlays in the headstock veneer and the soundhole rosettes. She takes care of all different kinds of fingerboard inlays, because we do many different graphics besides "just" snowflakes and dot inlays. Everything is embedded in wood by her with great care.
Lea's way of working is distinguished by her diligence and thoughtful accuracy. So the fine inlay work is in her best hands!
Anna KrausAnna is our new neck specialist that we warmly welcome here at Lakewood! As dignified successor of Knut (the foot prints are big!) she's at her best in the pre-production every day now.
As qualified joiner she has a special background in restoration from a former occupation. Therefore, she has a very good eye on all those fine details and, by doing so, raises the quality on a new level.
Together with Lea all guitar necks in the pre-production lie in their hands - and we all can be happy about it!
Philipp FunkTogether with Jacob and Friedemann, Philipp ensures good bodies and necks each week. Half of his time he takes care of fretting and sanding necks and also makes body bindings, body sanding and neck fitting.
The other half of his time he is making our classical Khaya nylon string guitars. He's fretting the necks and prepares them for the lacquering department. Also the guitar bodies get their bindings and final sanding from his hands. Without his OK nothing is going to the lacquering department.