I have been making stringed instruments since 1998. At the beginning, I kept close to the general format of the guitar, to eventually branch off somewhat, and explore a genuine interest towards what I could name - the origin of the guitar-, and actively being interested in making small lutes, generally raw and simple instruments. This fast-paced manufacturing method has sincerely opened my understanding of the guitar, and I kept it in parallel to my more standard production.
Between 2003 and 2007, will be born from my hand, ladder-braced top small instruments, with round body, which slowly progressed towards the size of the acoustic guitar, with Guitar-Fruit in 2008.
During this part of my research, I proposed a variety of -tone colours- in my practice, and have used a broad spectrum of materials. Setting my workshop in a cosmopolitan city like Montreal, helped me to be in contact with instruments from all over the world : I have repaired and studied a variety of instruments in my former years, some of which had -something special- that I thought could be at the right time implemented to the guitar making craft.
The influence of this experience, focally the round soundbox instruments, will have culminated in the realization of works of the acoustic guitar type with round bodies, such as Po in 2009, and Oudtar in 2013: The latter, in reference to its Middle Eastern root inspired by the Oud, will have completed my formal and acoustic research started ten years earlier. It will also have taught me to work 3D wood assembly in a more complex manner.
Thereafter, a new phase of creation was born between 2014 and 2018, with as variant, the instrument register. The instruments such as Multi, Maya, Raga, Old-School archtop, and Guitar-Fruit Wurcer, all have in common a search for a broader sound spectrum and greater amplitude.
The coming of Sun, Moon, and Vibrations (2019) and that of upcoming projects, follows this movement started, to want to give to the guitar its full acoustic performance, creating works (I wishes) that are striking and innovative, while having as first motivation their sound.
This is a little bit on my background; you can access my CV here (or ask me for more details about a given topic).
You will notice through it that I did study with Fred Carlson, which some of you might know, and have also received a few Grants along the way too, which helped produce some of the projects listed above, and exhibit them abroad.
As I chose a non-commercial (non repetitive) practice, these factors all helped in sustaining a long-lived appenticeship with the materials, that is thankfully still ongoing.
I consider myself to be at mid-career, and luckily have gained work flow and speed in creating one-off instrument creations. This came with practice, and has become my -regular- job so to speak. In general clients expect from me the spectacular, and few know that all instruments I make have outstanding sound qualities. Therefor I am very qualified to build for you a very -standard- guitar; I only ask that it be meaningful to you in a way. In which case it will tickle me back...and this initial -spark- is what makes a project truly special.
This website tends to demonstrate Thierry Andre's ability to use modern forms and features of the guitar, while preserving the best aspects of its heritage and value as a musical tool. His formal root echoes with historic designs and traditional instruments, while he expresses in a personal way, what contemporary guitar making can offer today.
Each instrument he creates becomes a timeless musical tool, and hopefully a material expression of what intuition and intent, do bring in one's creative life : Bringing his vision to the service of the musician, he works to transmit the vibrational essence of wood both at the sound and visual level, to create an inspirational musical tool that will last several generations.
- The 3 types of orders:
1- Reproducing a model from this website : Adding personal specs and guidelines to your call, then you can let Thierry take care of the project's whole planning for you. This is the most straightforward - A - type of order, and takes only a few minutes of your time.
2- Creating a new model for you : You know what you dream instrument could really be, and don't find a match for it on this website. You would like the merging of two existing models, or be able to -see- and -feel- your very thoughts and vision, applied to the build of your instrument? This is the more collaborative - B - type of order. Expect a few emails and a creative venture!
3- Letting the universe work for you: You are inspired about your next guitar build, more so in terms of -context- and feel, than about its details. You would like Thierry to surprise you with a unique instrument proposal, based on a personal guideline, story, or inspirational material that you can share with him. Here, there are no limits! Such challenge is always welcomed!
This is the more free-form, adventurous and transcending - C - type of order which speaks from the heart.
How to order :
The particular-organic nature of each Andre instrument, makes difficult to produce an A-B-C-D type price list :
1- To receive all ordering information and pricing on a dedicated website page, please contact Thierry directly.
2- A consultation regarding your project will allow the production of your final quote.
3- An initial deposit of 3,000.00 USD initiates your order. Upon its reception your order is moved to the build-list:
A time-frame for your build is set, and the serial number to your next Andre instrument is created.
Order deposits can be made anytime:
Thank you for choosing Andre Instruments. Thierry will contact you in the next twenty-four hours to discuss your order.
Andre Instruments value - June 2020
All 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. - Payments can be made in your chosen currency, via: Paypal, credit card, wire transfers, or personal cheques.
-All Andre Instruments are warranted for life to their original owner, against defective materials and/or workmanship. Normal wear to the instrument is not covered under this warranty. All instruments come with a certificate of authenticity, build process pictures, and a full studio 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. They become available instruments which are usually announced one-time via the newsletter.
This side-by-side approach (order VS spontaneous) has shown effective for luthier and clients alike, in keeping the work dynamic :
- Supporting this philosophy of work, as one spontaneous build , is the guitar Clara Archtop currently in the works.
-The particular-organic nature of each Andre instrument, makes difficult to produce an A-B-C-D type price list.
However, clear pricing guidelines are provided VIA EMAIL with representative instrument's examples for each.
Carving the back to Multi
- An inspired instrument is one that will give you energy every time you play it.
Even its physical presence should be enough to make you tick.
Something irreplaceable goes beyond the usual product.
My personal gratification can only come from the fact that,
what I work from my heart, will become
a creative tool that you can no longer do without.
I give my very best for this -sonic miracle-
to happen with each instrument I make.
I look forward to hearing from you! -
Final sanding to Multi.
Thierry Andre - Andre Instruments - Quebec city - Canada
Landline : 418-522-3062