Acoustic Electric Other Stringed instruments
Each guitar begins with a one on one consultation with the man-the Luthier-Marc-André Dubosq. Musical style and sound preferences are revealed and in light of each musician’s natural, instinctive inclinations, an instrument will begin to take its shape.
By pinpointing a client’s individual “sound” I can then suggest a variety of tone woods and speak to their musical properties and sound possibilities. My folk, country and rock customers lean towards the more traditional sound and sustain produced by mahogany and Indian rose wood, while my jazz and bluegrass players may prefer a curly maple, which highlights the fast-paced finger picking often associated with these styles.
Once the tone woods have been carefully selected, clients will then choose the size and shape of their guitar from a variety of models such as dreadnought. OOO, orchestra and jumbo to name a few. Options such as cutaway, double-top and 12 string will also be determined at this point, along with 12 or 14 fret models. Clients will also be choosing their custom inlays and ornamentation that are completely on spec and cater to the customer’s every whim. Lastly, clients will select the type of finish they desire.
Then it’s nothing more than the simple matter of bringing all these elements together with the skill and craftsmanship of an experienced, professional, master crafter. Each neck is custom carved to accommodate the player’s hand for ultimate comfort. I can even replicate the feel of your favorite guitar so your neck truly “fits like a glove”.
The braces, soundboard, case and back are each tuned individually and again as a whole – signing in perfect harmony. Not unlike you would tune the strings of your guitar; this process maximizes the character and heightens the richness of the overtones and the droning properties.
The front-runners are cedar and spruce.
Cedar: rich bass that will mature quickly. When played vigorous, overtones will combine to produce a distorted sound like Great Big Sea… As I like to say ‘You can hear the Kitchen party in every powerful strum’ … a true party instrument.
Spruce (sitka, red): will generate a crisp well balanced sound that works just as well for loud as quiet playing, with sitka and red at either extremity, with ingalman for light to medium strumming and finger picking, rounding out the category. Sitka red are the most versatile options, with a more balanced sound it works well for Red.
**Soloists will prefer a red spruce or a European spruce top with active back woods to accentuate the overtones.