Design features -
Combining long-term stability, sound, and playability
Each André instrument is unique. Beyond its serial number, each has a name.
Every detail counts, especially when dealing with touch, sound, and responsiveness :
Video courtesy of the Boutique guitar Showcase
Electric guitars :
André's electric guitars are thought out in terms of acoustic engineering, before any amplification factor comes into play.
Kouai (below) has balanced mass and sustain, and offers the -airy- qualities expected of hollowbody guitars.
A guitar such as Kouai has great unplugged qualities that one can hear from it when being amplified and well recorded.
Hear it played solo by Jean-Marc Hébert (2 Min.)
In short: A strong physical link between the neck and the bridge is created by its very sculpture:
Bypassing the neck pickup hole, raised pillars consolidate the structure of the main axis, by pointing straight to the guitar bridge.
Acoustic guitars :
The MAYA is the largest guitar in the André lineup:
-From such a picture (left), one can clearly see the buttressing neck wing supports that tie its sides to its neck block:
-This feature was borrowed from Steve Klein:
It ensures long-term stability of the instrument, or peace of mind if you prefer.
The observation is this: Even with laminated or very strong sides, the guitar's soundboard must still give much of its strength at its top, just to -resist- the forces inherent to string tension. (Ever heard of a neck reset?)
These -neck wings- do consolidate the structure of the acoustic box, without compromising its sound.
In short; This added feature is a service rendered to one's investment.
Inside the box to the Maya Bass 2015: -Typical laminated -neck wings- support attached to neck block. Also visible are: Beveled hardwood tail block, glued-in side brackets, tubing for pickup lead wire going to tail, faceted spruce cutaway in place on soundboard, and resulting cut on treble-side of body. Lattice-type bracing is used on top plate, with long radial type bracing pattern on back.
Hear the Maya in this short 1 min. demo:
These neck wings are thus used on all acoustic Andre Instruments since 2011. In addition to long-term stability, it is sonically interesting to tie the neck in such a triangular configuration:
-Less lateral movement is observed at the guitar's neck, and strings are thus more focused on its top activation.
Inside and outside the soundbox to Oudtar, 2011. Typical -neck wings- support are attached to the neck block,
Kasagami Japanese paper reinforces every seam of the 22 - rib structure.
Inside the Clara Archtop, 2020: -Typical -neck wings- support attached to neck block.
Also visible, is a laminated rosewood internal pickup support, that holds the pickup suspended and clear of the top.
Care in design :
Lastly, here are some different bracing combinations,
used for André acoustic guitars :
Guitare-fruit Wurcer (2018), intermixed parallel bars and ladder bracing.
Old-school Archtop (2017): Intermixed parallel bars and ladder bracing.
Oudtar : soundboard prior to its voicing stage (2013): -Intermixed x-brace and a sequential ladder bracing.
Raga Guitar (2017): -Traditional x-brace with fan-type lower bout segment.
As always, you are welcome to write at any time with any question you may have.