Jochen Röthel was born in 1969 in Kitzingen, Bavaria. After leaving school he began training as a guitar maker with Martin Seeliger at Lakewood Guitars in Giessen. At Lakewood he also met Michel Brück who later became an important influence and a good friend. Röthel also participated at a Guitar Builders Workshop run by Josè Luis Romanillos 1992 in Cordoba, this experience inspired him to specialize in classical guitars. After completing his training as a guitar maker and received his Masters Degree as Luthier in Guitar in 1997, Röthel moved to Oldenburg Germany, where he established his workshop as an independent guitar maker. By 2020, however, he had relocated back to Bavaria and moved his workshop to Würzburg.