In The Workshop -
Each André instrument is unique. Beyond its serial number, each has a name. Every detail counts, especially when dealing with touch, sound, and responsiveness.
André's electric guitars are thought out in terms of acoustic engineering, before any amplification factor comes into play.
Kouai (below) has a balanced mass and great sustain.
It offers the -airy- qualities expected of a hollowbody guitar.
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.)
Kouai - Internal views (below):
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 4 string bass : 1 min. workbench demo:
Soundbox construction views (below):
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.
Different bracing combinations used for André acoustic guitars (below) :
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 bracing.
Raga Guitar (2017): -Traditional x-brace with fan-type lower bout segment (video below).
Video courtesy of the Boutique guitar Showcase