Photos: Benoit Hébert
Electro-acoustic 7 string nylon guitar
Andre Instruments no.75
Dimensions: 102 x 38 x 9 cm
Neck width @ nut 52mm
String spacing @ bridge 69mm
Body length total: 46.5 cm
Soundboard: Alaska red cedar
Bracing materials: Sitka spruce, padauk, and balsa
Back&sides: Spalted sugar maple, Canadian birch, with ebony center inlay
Neck: American willow, with carbon fiber reinforcements
Fretboard: Macassar ebony, with bleached cow bone inlay
Headstock: Indian rosewood, American willow, with bleached cow bone logo inlay
Bridge: Honduran rosewood (replaced w/ cow bone 2014)
Tuning machines: Gotoh classical
Nut: bleached cow bone
Finish: Epoxy hard base, Copal varnish hand-rubbed, Tung oil, Linseed oil
Pickups: K&K pure classic, Mi-Si acoustic trio
Strings: Savarez alliance
For Composer Jean-Marc Hebert, Montreal, Canada
Jean-Marc Hébert is a guitarist and composer. Originally trained in classical guitar, he has recorded a dozen albums with formations in various styles, as a performer and sometimes as a co-composer. His career is marked by explorations outside of jazz culture, in particular through Indian music (Ragleela, Catherine Potter, Lavanya Narasiah) and African music (Ernesto Dabo, Lilison, Saïd Mesnaoui, Labess).
Since the co-foundation of the Skalène group, which began his career, he has performed with various projects across Quebec and has also given concerts in the United States, France, Mexico, Romania and Western Canada. His record L’Attente (2018), produced with the help of Marianne Trudel, Rémi-Jean Leblanc and Pierre Tanguay, is his second project as leader, after L’Autre (2007).
His deep music combines sensitivity and precision. Rich in nuances, it is sometimes intense and dynamic, sometimes subtle and poetic.
Hear(above) Jean-Marc Hébert discovering the JM7 in my Montreal workshop in 2014.