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.

Kouai hollow-body guitar 2014 Thierry Andre Instruments

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.

Kouai-hollow body electric guitar build- by Thierry andre Instruments
 
Acoustic guitars :
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MAYA
BASS

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.  

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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.
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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. 

Greyhound mandoline bowl-back completed (left), and the Old-school archtop rim assembly, both having soundbox -neck wings- glued in position. 

Geyhound Mandoline by Thierry Andre Instruments
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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 :

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Guitare-fruit Wurcer (2018), intermixed parallel bars and ladder bracing. 

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Old-school-archtop by Thierry Andre Instruments

Old-school Archtop (2017): Intermixed parallel bars and ladder bracing.
 

Oudtar by Thierry Andre Instruments
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Oudtar : soundboard prior to its voicing stage (2013): -Intermixed x-brace  and a sequential ladder bracing.

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Raga guitar by Thierry Andre Instruments

Raga Guitar (2017): -Traditional x-brace with fan-type lower bout segment.

Clara archtop by Thierry Andre Instruments
Clara archtop by Thierry Andre Instruments

As always, you are welcome to write at any time with any question you may have.