Arpeggione or guitar “da gamba”

This instrument is also called cello-guitar or guitar di borbone…

Modèle 2021 :

Démonstration vidéo à venir…

Diapason 591mm, accord EADGBE, compatible avec l’accord de la basse de viole DGCEAD, 22 frettes, pique de violoncelle.
Bois modèle foncé : table épicéa, fond et éclisses érable ondé, touche alisier.
Bois modèle clair : table épicéa, fond et éclisses sorbier, touche palissandre.


Ci-dessous, les premiers modèles de guitare à archet :

Having no endpin, unlike cello (but of course I can put one if you wish), the arpeggione has to be played holding it between the knees. This instrument was invented by the instrument-maker Johann Georg Staufer in 1823, as a declined model of a guitar. In the “Arpeggione” sonata by Franz Schubert (D821), the arpeggione part is nowadays often played with arrangements for various instruments, like cello, alto cello, double bass and guitar.


Dreadnought guitar

Modèle 2021 : table épicéa, fond et éclisses en noyer ondé, micro Fishman, double rosace.


Below, you can see two old dreadnought guitars: the soundboard is made of cedar, the back and the sides are made of curly walnut, the neck is made of maple, the fingerboard and the bridge are made of amaranth wood, there is a Fishman Affinity mic, and the first model has a double soundhole.



Ci-dessus la démo vidéo du “mouton bleu”, qui a inspiré cette commande spéciale, en photo ci-dessous : shamrock !


The Bluesheep…

Une vidéo démo ci-dessus, et quelques photos de cette commande un peu spéciale ci-dessous !

Brazilian viola

Brazilian Viola

Guitare 10 cordes, ci-dessous quelques photos de cette commande spéciale.


La Clandestine

Cette guitare de voyage démontable est fabriquée aux côtes d’un bagage de cabine : une fois démontée elle rentre dans une valise 43 x 38 cm.

Manche et corps en frêne ondé, touche palissandre, côtés en noyer, micro Piezzo actif avec prise casque et line out, réglage volume et tonalité, mécaniques de guitare folk, cordes acier ou cordes nylon. Réglages sur l’instrument : truthroad (manche) et hauteur de cordes.

Ci-dessous quelques photos d’une commande spéciale : une clandestine 8 cordes (cordes nylon).

Flamenco guitar

Flamenco guitar

Soundboard made of spruce, back and sides made of cypress, neck made of walnut, fingerboard made of chequer-tree, Pegheds tuning pegs.

Medieval guitar

Medieval guitar

Lute guitar with nylon strings, Pegheds tuning pegs, Fishman affinity mic.
According to the models : soundboard made of spruce, back and sides made of chequer-tree, walnut or curly walnut, neck made of maple, fingerboard made of ebony or amaranth, headstock veneer made of burl yew tree (1st model), blue guitar with head of wolf (4th model, special order)…

Mano jazz

Mano Jazz guitar

The first model of Mano Jazz guitar was first presented and shown at the Issoudun Festival in October 2014.

I’d been feeling like making a jazz guitar for quite a few years but of course without replicating an existing model. I had also noticed that Mario Macaferri had been inspired by the quartet instrument making to draw some of his guitars. Therefore I got inspired by my own work on the bowed instruments (bass bar and sound post)… The internal soundboard isn’t fixed to the sides, which allows it to resonate like a string instead of a stretched skin. The string fitting system will certainly be improved to create even more vibrations on the external soundboard. I’m quite satisfied with the sound of this instrument and I will probably use the idea of its making for classic guitar, bouzouki and mandolin, and why not bass!

Jo guitar

Jo guitar, the banjo guitar…

The Jo guitar was exposed at the Issoudun festival in 2013, check out its presentation by Jacques Carbonneaux on the website

It is the result of the collaboration of two music makers loving this instrument, Philippe Berne (as for the drawing and the external structure), and Bruno Torrès (internal banjo), this “Jo guitar” includes a banjo drum body within a guitar sound box. The bridge is half set on the banjo skin on the high string side and on the soundboard (made of larch). The goal of this research is to enrich the balance of the sound of the instument, guitar banjos used to be quite poor in the low frequencies. The back and the sides are made of rowan tree from Ardèche: magnificent wood that used to be considered as precious and then the production was stopped and the love for exotic woods finally pushed it into the background of fuelwood! It is similar to maple due its density and the “color” of its sound. The drum banjo body is made of walnut wood of high quality with synthetic skin, natural skins were put outside the project due to their vulnerability to humidity of the air. The fingerboard is made of purpleheart wood and the neck is made of maple.

You can see the very first banjo guitar prototype just below…

The soundboard is made of larch, the back is made of lime, the neck is made of maple, the fingerboard is made of rosewood.