Andre Instruments feature musical proportions and are designed to be responsive and ergonomic. They are true works of art & sonically captivating guitars, made by one person for another.
All are sold direct from the workshop, by-passing any dealer or intermediary premium.
Thierry André aims to offer his customers the best overall service - A guitar instrument & purchase experience, that are equally on par with the quality of his work.
In addition, you have direct communication with the maker of your guitar ; -Special requests are welcome.
How to order?
The ordering process is simple:
Get in touch
Most customers will study the guitars offered on this page, arriving at a choice that often falls between two models:
-This is standard, as new guitar models are created this way every year.
The general price list of Andre Instruments is available on request:
-By submitting this form, you will have full access to the pricing page of this site.
Consider all options
Once the guitar you wish to have made for you is more precisely identified, an order quote will be established for you :
-This order quote details all the information necessary to make an informed choice, namely:
The final cost for your order
The main specifications to your instrument
The timeline for its production
The date of its completion & shipping.
Get on the build-list
An initial and non-refundable deposit representing 40% of your final cost, will secure your pricing and order, and move your order to the current build-list.
Your guitar is officially ordered.
Your balance will be due in two payments:
30% when your guitar build actually begins.
30% when your guitar is completed, one week prior to its delivery. Shipping costs are extra (or as agreed).
All Instruments come with a paper and digital copy of their Certificate of Authenticity, picturing their main attributes, and listing their materials, serial number and dimensions.
Built to order are:
Acoustic, electric and archtop guitars, including bass guitars:
Custom & One-offs: Multi-string guitar, round-body guitar, extended-body acoustic guitar, hand-carved acoustic guitar, or any otherwise highly expressif and/or very complex to make instrument design.
Cutaway, neck wings supports, art factor options, pickup options, special requests, and custom flight-case are all included.
(Build-time, hours 400+)
Archtop Guitars: Arched-top guitar or Bass guitar, hand-carved, with neck wings support.
Choice of f-holes or sound hole/ sound-port design. Pickup, color options, and hardshell case are all included.
(Build-time, hours 300+)
Acoustic Guitars: Flat-top Acoustic guitar or Bass guitar, with neck-wings supports.
Choice of sound hole/sound port configuration. Pickup options, cutaway option, and custom hardshell case are all included.
(Build-time, hours 250+)
Hollow-body electric guitars: Hollow-body Electric guitar or Bass guitar, carved-top and back responsive construction.
Choice of pickups and specs. Finish options and custom hardshell case are all included.
(Build-time, hours 200+)
Solid-body electric guitars: Solid-body Electric guitar or bass, carved-top included, except for JM7 multi-layer construction.
Choice of pickups and specs. Finish options, custom hardshell case or high-quality gig-bag, are all included.
(Build-time, hours 150+)
All Andre Instruments :
For all guitar orders:
Consultation (if desired) - different instrument scenarios considered
Design process & options integration
Communication in real-time - workshop photos
Updates - more frequent at time of actual build
For all Andre Instruments, you can choose any of the following,
or leave all or part of it up to the maker if you prefer:
Choice of scale length, neck width, bridge spacing, string gauge.
Choice of body responsiveness degree (to avoid feedback, if applicable).
Choice of overall feel and aesthetics (expressive, classic, under stated) Old, dark, or -clean- look.
Choice of colour treatment (none, semi-transparent, dyed, oxidized, or using pigments & minerals).
Choice of finish top coats: Nitrocellulose high-gloss laquer, or, Parker responsive epoxy and oil satin finish.
Choice of body size/shape.
Choice of pickup option (included).
Choice of highlight & appointment woods.
Selection of body wood (various).
Selection of top wood (various).
Choice of cutaway: Slant, faceted, soundhole-type, or standard (included).
Choice of hardware, tuning machines (Gotoh 510, Gotoh Open-gear, Schertlers, Waverly (base), are all included.
Carbon fibre or titanium neck reinforcements.
2-way truss-rod low profile.
Choice of neck profile. Can be made according to spec template.
Choice of acoustic heel: Cone, Somogyi-like, American, classic, or other.
Choice of headstock (3+3, 2+4, 6in line, straight-pull, flat headstock, carved, open. Tuners on back or side, etc.
Bone nut or zero fret with string guides. Roller nut extra (or as agreed).
Choice of soundhole for acoustic and archtops (traditional, offset to upper-bout, offset to cutaway, side-port combo).
Choice of side dots and overall aspect/feel of fingerboard inlays (minimalist, bold, and exactly where, as agreed).
Choice of voicing direction (as agreed).
Choice of ergonomic factors (cuts, relief, arm-rests, thicknesses, etc.)
Choice of visual factors (according to initial drawings).
Avoided are: Brazilian rosewood (dalbera nigra), mahogany (swietenia mahagoni).
Up-charged are: Coveted exotics & Cello woods (for harp-type guitars).
Standard are: Quater sawn, master grade, most woods. Great figure maple woods. All medium-density woods.
Included are: Art factor. Care in design. Care in details. André's signature lines, marks, ideas, and overall -spirit- of piece.
Included are: nice hardshell case or deluxe gig-bag (if preferred).
Flight-case is included for instruments that require it (as listed) and up-charged for standard guitars.
3-pack of actual strings are in the case, as well as the instrument's adjustment tools.
Certificate of authenticity.
Warranty card. Personal note.
Website dedicated page for the instrument, unless the project is confidential.
Long-term assistance if ever needed for the instrument.
Shop visit by appointment.
Picture-set of instrument (90 days after shipping).
Consultation for other projects, etc.
One picture of the guitar in its natural environment, after play-in time (for website). Thank you.
Inquire about your guitar project!
The contact form below can be used to request the general price list, and/or for inquiring about a specific instrument, using the information above as reference.
Quotes are prepared within 72 hours. Emails are responded to daily.