Photos: Jean Fitzgerald
Kouai /// (photos credit: Jean Fitzgerald)
Holow-body electric guitar- 2013-14 -Andre Instruments no. 80
Dimensions: 102 x 36 x 10 cm
Neck width @ nut 43mm
String spacing @ bridge 52.5mm
Body length total: 42.5 cm
Soundboard: Indian rosewood
Back&sides: Honduran mahogany, with indian rosewood inlay
Neck: Honduran mahogany with carbon fiber reinforcements, and steel adjustable truss-rod
Fretboard: Macassar ebony, with bleached cow bone and indian rosewood markers
Headstock: Indian rosewood, Honduran mahogany, bleached cow bone inlay
Bridge: Gotoh 510
Tuning machines: Gotoh 510 with black Buffalo horn buttons
Nut: bleached cow bone
Finish: hand polished nitrocellulose laquer
Pickups: Gibson 57 classics
Strings: D'addario EXL110, nickel and steel
For Composer Jean-Marc Hebert, Montreal, Canada
Photo : Anne-Marie Amyot
Working both halves of Kouai prior to assembly, enabled the possibility of integral sound ports/sound chamber.
The perimeter of the guitar is left very rigid,
along with all its central axis (as seen from the Indian rosewood face), using -pillar- construction pointing at bridge area, and going around the pickup cavities.
Not seen on pictures, are:
-Internal shielding, from thick aluminium foil.
- A Mahogany -bridge block-, fitted just prior to mating both halves together, coupling the action of both top/back elements.
Kouai est utilisée sur les pistes 1,3,5 et 7 du nouvel Opus de Jean-Marc Hébert, -L'attente-.
Here are 3 pieces from Jean-Marc Hebert new album, in which the Kouai guitar is used for their recording.
The album -L'attente- (The Wait)- also features Pierre Tanguay on drums, Marianne Trudel on piano, and Rémi Jean Leblanc on double-bass.