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Adrien Bernard-Reymond Interview

 

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NAME: Adrien BERNARD-REYMOND

LIVING IN : Ruffieux, Savoie, FRANCE

TRAINING & BACKGROUND: After about 10 years in the graphic design / illustration world I turned to lutherie with zero experience in woodwork. I was trained by Pascal Cranga at l’Eesprit Du Bois luthery school in Cluny, Burgundy where I stayed for about 6 months.

PLAYING: I play electric bass

NAME OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL BAND: We never played outside my parents house, so we didn’t really need a name ūüėā

LUTHIER YOU ADMIRE THE MOST:¬† I love the new generation luthiers who dare to propose something different, to name a few: Florian Schneider (Millimetric Instruments), Nicolai Schorr (Schorr guitars), Robin Stummvoll (Verso Instruments)… and many more

INSTRUMENT YOU DREAM TO HAVE ONE DAY: One piece of each luthiers mentioned above! haha

LAST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT : Elllegy by The Olllam

LAST MUSIC SONG YOU PUT IN YOUR CAR: Starchy by FORQ

LAST SHOW YOU WENT TO : Honey For Petzy

MOST IMPRESSIVE INSTRUMENT YOU EVER¬†HAD IN HAND:¬†Avery selfish answer, but I was very moved when I held the very first instrument that I’d just finished, it was a bouzouki. It’s not in a really good shape today but being able to say “I made this instrument, with my hands” was really something for me at that time.¬†That being said, I once had a Boucher dreadnought at the shop that was quite impressive in terms of clarity and projection.

MOST STRANGE RESTORATION OR REPAIR YOU HAD TO DO : Once a client came to me asking to repair a dent in the neck finish of his vintage guitar, he was devastated. But I couldn’t see the dent, it was basically invisible… So, I did my best…

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond Interview – Can you tell us what you consider to be the most important thing when you design a guitar ? What is your process of creation and how does it often start?

 

I come from the graphic design and visual arts world so design is what comes first.

 

I always start with a lot of small sketches, pencil on paper, a lot of lines, until something pleasing to me “pops up”. Then I refine the lines and start to think how those lines could actually be a playable instrument.

Ergonomics, features like pickups, buttons, bridge, scale length, etc, need to be taken in consideration.

Then I make a full size plan and templates for the body.

The choice of wood also follow a design driven path. I usually leave most of the wood in it’s natural color except for the top. So I need to match different wood colors correctly.

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond

 

Adrien Bernard-Reymond Interview –¬†Can you present us your flagship models ?¬†and your company philosophy ?

 

I currently have 3 guitar models which are 3 variations of body shapes. I make them solid or semi hollow. I also adapted them for bass.

Pickups configuration, neck shape, etc. are up the client’s preferences.

 

My philosophy is to make instruments with a clean an minimal design, strong lines.

But guitars are also a tool so they must be easy to play and comfortable so the musician can play freely without any struggle.

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond

 

 

Adrien Bernard-Reymond Interview – According to you, what is the most impactful thing in the instument sound ? The woods ? the building technique ? what should a buyer ask for when he want to order an instrument when he was to be sure he is ordering the right instrument for him?

 

My answer will only apply to electric instruments since this is what I make.

I’m not going to enter the tone wood debate here, I don’t think it is the most impactful thing we should focus on. Same thing with bolt-on vs glued neck… I make bolt-on necks because it’s easier to service, when you need to do a refret work for example. Pickups, strings and playing technique will have a way more massive impact on tone.

Buyers can have many different approaches as to how and why to order a luthier instrument. I think the most important thing is that he/she order a model that fill him/her with joy, a model he/she can imagine using on stage on in the studio, a model that put a smile on his/her face. It’s as simple as that. Then we discuss the specs like pickups config, neck shape, woods, etc. to fit their needs.

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond

 

 

Adrien Bernard-Reymond Interview – For a custom instrument, can you explain your process? What are your average delays? And how do you advise your customer? What questions do you ask him so that his instrument is perfectly adapted to his expectations?

 

I propose 3 models, so when clients order an instrument they usually have a model in mind.

Then we discuss the specs (pickups, neck shape, scale length, woods, depending on their needs, and on the overall concept of the music they play: jazz, rock, etc…

I can accommodate the instrument to fit in the style. Delays are about 4 to 6 months.

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond Interview –¬†Do you have famous musicians playing on your models ? If so, can you tell us who ??

 

Not yet…

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond

 

 

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Luthiers.com brings together luthiers from all over the world. According to you, how is the French lutherie different?

 

There are more and more luthiers in France, and that brings a lot of different perspectives on what we do.

This creates an emulation that is good for creation and a good soil for new ideas to emerge and push luthery forward.

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond

 

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Where can we buy your instruments? Can we try them somewhere? Will you participate to some guitar shows ?

 

To order an instrument you can contact me via Luthiers.com of course, or via Instagram, Facebook, or simply send me an email.

You can try my instruments only at my shop for now or during guitar shows that I exhibit at. Next one will be the Salon De La Belle Guitare (Paris Guitar Festival) in Montrouge, March 2023.

 

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https://luthiers.com/listing/adrien-bernard-reymond/

 

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Adrien Bernard-Reymond Interview

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