Although guitar making (lutherie) is not an accurate science, it is nevertheless, an exercice that requires great rigor and patience before noticing and understanding the main operating principles.

Of course, you will have to develop your skills of acoustic phenomena and have a good ear for music culture. But, answering specific requests as follows needs years of accumulated practices and experiences:

  • Which model of my production would best suits the way my customer plays?
  • Would, a small guitar, be better than a larger one?
  • What wood combination would make it possible to obtain the sound he wishes ?
  • How a 13 fret junction to the body would impact the location of the bridge?
  • What kind of options (binding, rosette, top trim, marquetry) would make this instrument, his lifetime guitar?

All these questions and many more to come, constitutes to the complexity and the richness of my lutherie.

I use my best knowledge, ( know-how, craftsmanship, skills ) to answer theses questions and bring the utmost care at every stage of the manufacture of each instrument.

Listening closely (constantly paying attention to every request), I know that each musician has an expectation of his own, and on the basis of my previous experience, I am able to respond to the project perfectly aligned with his one.

Perfectly in tune and optimally setup for the greatest playability and comfort of the musician, every instrument I manufacture is the most expressive possible. Well balanced on every register, with full and present basses, clear, rich mid-ranges and crisp and shining trebles with strong and fast response.

If the specific wood tone voice has to comply to the requirement specifications, my main purpose is always to give to the guitarist a soulful guitar which respond to his feeling, with great playability. I think that with each guitar I build, must be the tool for the musical universe of the guitarist whatever techniques he uses.

Today, my skills allow me to stay open minded, ready to any new project, using new techniques to improve and enhance quality and do the best I can to match the perfect tone!

Special precautions

My guitars are made of thin pieces of solid dry wood. They are directly affected by humidity and temperature, especially in winter time. The biggest danger caused by humidity and temperature is rapid or extreme changes.

My guitars are built and acclimatised in an environment between 40% and 50% relative humidity. So if you keep the guitar pretty close to these ranges, you should have no problems.

Overly dry conditions, or lack of sufficient humidity (below 40%), can be detrimental to your guitar, causing the wood to shrink and crack. It can also cause poor tone and improper intonation. For example : Lowered action, fret buzzing and lifting, fret ends sticking out from the fingerboard

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To prevent these inconveniences, use a home hygrometer/thermometer to keep tabs on the relative humidity and temperature. (especially in over heated flats). If necessary, adjust your home environment by using a home humidifier in the place you store your guitar.

If the cold and dry period is not too long, you can use guitar humidifiers (Guitar humidifiers that fit inside the sound-hole) or a wet sponge in the case.

Please, beware air travel and do not leave your guitar in your car in the sun! Avoid every source of heat near your guitar. Never transport your guitar in a car trunk. Temperatures inside car trunks are extreme in any kind of weather. It’s the quickest way to destroy a guitar. Even in the passenger compartment your guitar can be subjected to extreme temperatures. Abrupt changes in temperature can cause (ie: cold guitar to warm room) can cause varnish cracking.

I only use nitro cellulose finish. Please note that guitar stands (floor or wall stand) that employ petroleum-based foam, rubber or vinyl can cause damage over time when in contact with nitrocellulose lacquer finishes. Please, look out before you buy a guitar stand (prefer “lacquer safe”stand). The safest way to avoid finish damage when using a stand is to cover the foam/rubber parts with a soft cotton cloth (guitar polish cloths work well).

No particular maintenance is required. You may simply wipe your guitar with a soft, damp (not wet) cotton cloth before storing it after use.