Photos: Nassim Aboutanos
I recently have been asked to make a similar guitar again, and was lucky to get exactly the same silver maple from my long-time supplier in the south of Quebec.
Red Cardi will be build for Roberto.
About the -Projet Orange-, Michel told me he plays his guitar every single day at lunch-time, and that it has been his best workshop partner ever since.
This is the kind of story that keeps me going in my own work.
Early carved-top solid-body electric guitar
It is inspired by the original PRS Santana model. It was commissioned by Michel Vanier, a left-handed Montreal guitarist.
Michel happened also to be a -sérigraphe-, or print-maker. He asked for a pure, sharp, translucent orange colour for his guitar.
The silver maple top is tonally suited, and a perfect open canvas for colour work.
I made the mahogany back of this guitar slightly concave, so it hugs better his body and brings the fingerboard closer in.
The adjustable bridge, in white moose horn material, has cow bone saddles and stainless steel custom tubing as string anchors.
Paul Reed Smith (back in 1995) was an influence for me as a guitar making student. I thought he was one of the few who had the electric guitar's horn asymmetry right. I didn't have deep -guitar- background then, but I copied Paul's lines from a picture in a magazine.
I made the -vault- or carve of the top slightly going inwards between the pickups, bringing a ("small of the back" type of) feminine feel to the guitar.