6th Moon

6th Moon : “Direction Home”

I dreamed of a palace made of wooden board in the trees
I dreamed of the end of a path with the nice smell and taste of milk and honey
I called this guitar « Direction Home »…

November 2016, this sixth Moon is a bass with nylon strings.

5th Moon

5th Moon : “Impermanence”

This instrument represents a key turning point in my 9 Moons project. Something big is taking shape, maybe something huge (!) with these 9 + … instruments (might mean 10)… Life is made of meetings and sometimes you happen to meet wonderful people. I will let you know about it all later, just be patient, wait and see…

October 2016, this guitar is the 5th Moon: I called it “Impermanence”…
This instrument has nylon strings, a sounboard made of ash tree wood, the back is made of walnut, the neck is made of curly maple, the fingerboard is made of chequer-tree, the bridge is made of ebony, there are Pegheds tuning machines, and a Fishman affinity mic.

4th Moon

4th Moon : “Bel”

February 2016, this guitar is the fourth Moon, I called it “Bel”…

To me, doubt is the emergency exit of my convictions. I swallow silence, I fill it up with noise, percussion and music. My silence has to be musical, it has to get the energy of the frozen vibe… Or to have the nonchalance of an harmonic progression lost in oblivion or nothingness! Sounding box made of birch and beam-tree, walnut neck, purpleheart wood fret board. Guitar and ukulele head tuners piezo mic with volume and tone. The D and G strings are octave-doubled.

3rd Moon

3rd Moon : “Tenue de soirée”

November 2015, my third Moon: “Tenue de soirée” or “Dressed up”…
Tenue de soirée: a wrong idea of classic and of its legacy, of what I thought I had seen of it or heard… Tenue de soirée: a movie (referring to a French movie)… Tenue de soirée: it was shown at the Bellevilloise at the first guitar on December 2015 along with the first moon and the second one! Cherry tree, maple, ebony, spruce and chestnut tree and piezo mic for this classic guitar…

2nd Moon

2nd Moon : “Variance”

November 2015, my second Moon: “Variance”… Or why reversing some acoustic or even mechanical codes lead me to the same truths… Differences or variations can open new paths! This instrument is a ukulele: walnut tree, apricot tree, boxwood, maple, rosewood (I don’t remember which one), spruce and Piezo microphone.

1st Moon

1st Moon : “Lute and architecture…”

October 2015, here’s my first Moon…
I called it “Lute and architecture for a guitar”, as the relationship between both of them seems so close to me !

The video above shows a presentation of the first Moon made in the workshop, and Marc Longchampt at the guitar Fair of Bellevilloise in 2015.

The woods used for this instrument are the following: chestnut wood, spruce, limewood, rowan (neck), cherry-tree wood, wild cherry-tree wood, yew, chequer-tree wood (fingerboard), apricot-tree wood (bindings), laburnum (bridge) and Rio rosewood (pickguard). The mic’s brand is Fishman Affinity. Matt varnish.

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 laguitare.com.

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.