FE Tellier Guitars Interview
NAME: Fred Tellier
LIVING IN : Windsor Ontario, Canada
TRAINING & BACKGROUND: Self taught from books video and internet
PLAYING: Play guitar, Irish Bouzouki and Tenor Banjo
LUTHIER YOU ADMIRE THE MOST: I admire all builders everyone brings something that interests me
INSTRUMENT YOU DREAM TO HAVE ONE DAY: Probably a pre war Martin
LAST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT: I buy CD’s from modern finger style guitarists and Celtic music
LAST MUSIC SONG YOU PUT IN YOUR CAR: Whatever satelite radio has on
LAST SHOW YOU WENT TO : Fretboard summit in Chicago
My design criteria is all about the sonics of the instrument and wood selections.
I give my clients a lot of input into the look of the instrument both in wood choices and decoration
I have no special design as I am open to creating new sizes if clients request something I do not currently have in my tooling. My philosophy is to create a instrument that both the client and I are proud of.
Building technique for sound, woods for looks.
I will need to know the playing style and what guitars they are playing and their likes or hates about what they have. From that point between us we will design something that will match their requirements and dreams.
My process involves the client from day one, we choose the body style, woods, scale length etc through phone, video chats and messaging or even better in person if possible.
My builds take approximately 6 months from when I start and I send lots of pictures to my clients as the build progresses to keep them involved in the process.
I am already scheduled for Artisan Show in Harrisburg PA next April and La Conner WA next may.
I will be at The Woodstock invitational this October.
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