Sun, Moon, and vibration

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Sun, Moon, and Vibrations (part 1) Thierry André - Andre Instruments no.105 -Elongated Bowl-back acoustic guitar - completed 12-15-2018.
 
-Oh my. What a masterpiece from Thierry André Copenhaggen fine guitars 

Timeless is one word that has great affinity with André's works, and this carved-back creation is no exception.

Sound : From a sound perspective, there is this historical folk/baroque sound that the guitar radiates, with a more modern and bigger voice than (Parlor & OOO's) smaller instruments.
  -Besides the fact that it rivals with any acoustic guitar out there, this guitar has unbelievable sustain qualities...somehow an -electric- sustain but which is purely acoustic.  

-It is amazing! I hear the kinship with Red Dot, though the electric-level sustain and the interior voices singing give it an expansive quality. And when the overtones combine at the end of a strummed chord it is cosmic, truly embodying its name!    -Killick Hinds 
 

Design: Hand-carved American Poplar wood monocoque soundbox (bowl-back): 

Where a tail block would normally lie, the bowl meets the soundboard on its plane @ lower bout, staging the strings in a longer vibrational mode, while maintaining the standard acoustic guitar ergonomics.

 Its unique shape seamlessly incorporates a concave back, arm rest, rib rest, and a slanted cutaway. The thicker part of the soundbox is out of your way while its shallow mid-section is of archtop thickness. 

 

  • This epic -oeuvre d'art- is as visually stunning and ingeniously crafted, as its acoustic proprieties are beyond standards.

 

Specs:

  • Scale length: inches 25.4 (645mm)

  • Neck width std. @ nut 1.75 inches (45mm)

  • String spacing at bridge std. @ 2.125 inches (57mm)

  • Body width lower bout: inches 13.4 (34 cm)

  • Body length total: inches 26.75 (6.8 cm)

  • Body depth upper bout: inches 3.5 (8.9 cm)

  • Body depth lower bout: inches 6.0 (15 cm)

  • Pickup: Internal acoustic pickup (no battery needed), K&K Sounds, pure mini model, w/switchcraft output jack, electrosocket reinforced jack mount, and fully shielded wires.

  • Comes with a Pearl 2030* custom Boom stand, dedicated flight case, and Andre Instruments lifetime warranty to original owner.

Woods: All master grade, quarter-cut, 20 year old + 

Materials: American poplar, Alaska red cedar, Adirondak red spruce, Sitka spruce, West african ebony, dyed koto, sugar maple, Kasagami japanese paper, unbleached cow bone, ceramic, titanium, steel, nickel silver, aluminum, hide glue, aliphatic glue, epoxy, linseed and tung oil, copal, 23.75 karat shell gold, steel wire, bronze wire. 119 x 34 x 15 cm

Features:

  • internal laminated Hard Maple neck -wings- supports (see build album video).

  • Altitude Red spruce soundboard bracings, soundboard voiced as per André.

  • Hard Sitka spruce/titanium reinforced neck, w/ ebony fingerboard,  adjustable 2-way truss rod, ceramic side & 12th fret dot markers.

  • Open headstock design in ebony, W/brushed aluminum Schertler tuners, ebony buttons, and Andre Instruments 3-line logo in red.

  • Copal & oil satin varnish for top & neck. So smooth !

  • Translucent gold, hand-polished traditional instrument-grade nitrocellulose laquer on body, with epoxy base coat.

Art-Factor: -One-off piece, referring to André's unique body of work, which attest for several bowl-back guitar prototypes since 2006 (Oudtar, Raga, Po, Guitare-Fruit, Multi) and a unique artistic practice since 1998.

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- Your instruments have not only a unique artistic concept but the sounds are also unique. The natural reverberations elicit different emotions than just a mere guitar is capable of. Fine work Sir, you are an artist at all levels!  -Bob Willcutt, Wilcutt Guitar

 

 

 

--Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. -Charles Mingus

-Sun Moon and Vibrations is another masterpiece! Gorgeous instrument. Extremely happy to add it to my collection. Brilliant work Thierry! Beautiful flight case also!

Best, John

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