Next guitar show presentation, Europe :

- The Holy Grail Guitar show - Estrel Berlin, May 2-3 2020

Andre Instruments is by choice, an individual shop. Thierry is one of the few who can not only adapt an instrument to your playing needs and tone requirements, but also. he is surprisingly capable of creating for you a guitar or a bass guitar of dedicated form, masterfully expressed from your inspirations and ideas, or from a mere napkin sketch.

This website demonstrates Thierry Andre's unique ability to use modern forms and features of the guitar, while preserving the best aspects of its heritage and value as a musical tool. 

Each instrument thus created becomes a timeless, functional work of art and of metaphysical science, letting its woods and materials unfold, at a musical and formal level.  
 
You can chose to order:
1- From an existing model from this website : Adding personal specs and guidelines to your order, you can let Thierry take care of the project's whole equilibrium and cohesion for you. This is the - I love this -  type of order.

2- A new model to be created for you : You have a good idea of ​​what the ideal instrument would be for you, and don't find a match for it on this website. You would like to see the merging of two existing models, or your thoughts and vision applied concretely in the design and making of a new instrument. This is the - Creative - type of order.
3- You want Thierry to surprise you with a fresh, vibrant instrument proposal, based on personal references, theme, or elements you provide. This is the - Transcendent - type of order.
 
Ordering info : 
- $3000 order deposit is required to place you on Thierry's build-list and initiate your order. The consultation process for your instrument will begin, and a quote will be made shortly for you about your specific order, according to the price list below. Your order can combine two types of instruments, and requires an intermediate pricing. Next available spot on the build-list is number: 6
-Upon receiving your quote, you have up to 21 calendar days to make you final decision about your order. This is a normal -no stress- policy which is part of the exceptional experience of acquiring an Andre Instrument, from commissioning to delivery.
In this time-window , you can chose to:
A- Cancel your order, for any reason, and have your order deposit refunded within 24 hours. 
B- Make your order official, and secure your pricing, time frame for build, and materials chosen if any. At this point your deposit becomes non-refundable, and you are given the serial number to your next Andre Instrument!
 
Order deposits can be made with Paypal:  
 
 
 
Thank you for choosing Andre Instruments! Thierry will contact you via email in the next twenty-four hours to discuss your order. 
 
 
Instruments value, as of 1/2020 : 
 
- $22,500  -Elongated acoustic guitar, or an otherwise compelling, groundbreaking instrument design. Neck wings support,
Art factor option, pickup options, special requests, and custom flight-case included. (man/hours 450+) (
- $18,000  -Multi-string guitar, or otherwise very complexe to make, 3-D oriented instrument. Neck wings support, pickup options, and custom flight-case included. (man/hours 400+) (2, 3 ) 
- $15,000  - Arched-top guitar or bass, hand-carved technique & voicing, with neck wings support. Choice of f-holes/circular sound hole, or sound-port design. Pickup options, color options, and hardshell / flight case included. (man/hours 300+) 4, )
- $12,000  -Acoustic guitar or bass, flat-top construction w/ neck-wings support. Pickup options, cutaway option, 
and custom hardshell / flight case included. (man/hours 250+) (6, 7 )
- $9000  Electric guitar or bass, carved-top & semi-hollow construction. Choice of pickups and specs. 
Finish options and custom hardshell case included.  (man/hours 200+) 8, )
- $7500  Electric guitar or bass, mainly solid body construction. Choice of pickups and specs.
Finish options, and custom hardshell case included. (man/hours 160+) ( 10 )
 
- Prices are in USD, and are held firm from the receipt of your deposit until delivery. The remaining balance to the quoted price of your instrument is paid in two equal instalments: 1- When the work begins on your instrument  2- When the instrument is completed, prior to its shipping. - Instalments can be made in your chosen currency, via: Paypal, credit card, wire transfers, or personal cheques.
 
-All Andre Instruments are warranted for life to the original owner against defective materials and workmanship. Normal wear to the instrument is not covered under this warranty. All instruments also come with a certificate of authenticity, and a full picture-set for your records.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other means of purchase : 
Thierry's body of work also features personal/spontaneous builds, which regularly emerge amongst the custom orders, either for guitar show presentations, or as one-offs, which become for a short time available instruments. Usually these are announced via the newsletter before completion. This side-by-side approach has shown effective for luthier and clients alike, this in keeping the work generally dynamic and inspired :
-Supporting this philosophy of work, as one example, is  Sun, Moon, And Vibrations recently completed.
 
- The acquisition of an instrument is an act that should be well felt, have meaning. The consultation process I offer is a useful playground for tailoring your instrument as needed. This fun process can be done concisely if you like, or it can be a more elaborate one, very specific, when desired. I enjoy these two types of experience and put my heart in each of them.
What matters to me is the end user result : An inspired instrument is one that gives you energy, every time you play it. Even its physical presence should be enough to make you tick, and enhance your day. Something irreplaceable goes beyond the usual product, and as an artist, my personal gratification can come only from the fact that what I work from my hands will become in-time the creative tool that you can no longer do without. I give my best for 'this' to happen with each instrument I make.  -
 
I look forward to hearing from you!  Thierry
 

Next exhibition  

May 2-3  2020

The Holy Grail Guitar Show       

Berlin, Germany

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Meeting with the great Bucky Pizzarelli, about the Oudtar model, at the 2013 Woodstock invitational luthier Showcase. 
Previous guitar show presentation: USAThe Boutique guitar ShowcaseNew York city 2017
Bass Maya no. 3   ( SOLD )  Featuring salvaged and local woods from Quebec and Canada.
This instruments has been visually aged using an oxydative process using the salts of iron, and features
an arm-rest element as well as a full-contact adjustable bridge. Maya no. 3 is very similar to the original Maya.
 
Raga-Guitar ( SOLD )  Bowl-Back acoustic  guitar, very similar to Oudtar.
This instrument features an additioal set of 6 sympathetic strings, carpathian spruce top with - old world - oxidised finish

Raga-Guitar, played by Rudy Pensa in NYC

 

Video courtesy of : The boutique guitar 

showcase tour 2017 curated by Jamie Gale.

Previous guitar show presentation: EuropeThe Holy Grail Guitar Show , Berlin 2016
Bass Maya no. 2  SOLD )  Featuring salvaged and local woods from Quebec and Canada.
This instruments has been built according to the - Local Wood Challenge- criteria,
event to be held during the Berlin HGGS. Maya no. 2 is very similar to the first one.
 

Multi no. 2  ( SOLD )   Multistring  Archtop Guitar model, very similar to the first one  
This instrument will feature the works of pickup maker Lindy Fralin,
as well as a carved poplar back, carved Alska yellow cedar top, and opalescent graphite finish

With guitar maker Frank Hartung, at the Holy-Grail guitar show 2015.

Acoustic guitar - Sun, Moon, and Vibrations -, before assembly.
Hollow-body electric guitar - Kouai - before assembly.
Photo: Anne-Marie Amyot
Archtop guitar - Old-School - before assembly, featuring oxidized fir soundboard (above), and (below) laminated rim construction and  neck wings supports. 
 
 
The neck wings support makes sure that there are no deformation (bending) of the soundbox associated with neck pull, over a long period of time, thus avoiding the common issues (need for periodic neck resets) all too common on acoustic instruments. They also offer many other benefits, in neck to body sound-transmission, and in leaving the soundboard free to vibrate on its whole length.
Playing Oudtar (left-handed!) at the Woodstock Invitational luthier Showcase in 2013.
Thierry Andre - Andre Instruments - Quebec city, Canada G1J1W9 
Landline : 418-522-3062
Email: t.luthier@gmail.com 
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