I was born in Syria and have also lived in France and in the US. I have lived long enough in each of these countries for the different cultures to be part of me and for me to be, in a way, from nowhere.
At a very young age, I was introduced to music and to the amazing world of making things by hand. I studied art and science and even made a guitar before guitar making became my obvious road to follow.
To me, all our senses are involved in our relationship with the guitar—well, usually one doesn’t taste a guitar but smell is important. They all have an influence on what we feel and how we interact with the instrument. And just like the player when they play, making the guitar involves all my senses. The aesthetics, of course, the grain of the wood, the shapes, the colors, build our expectations. There is also the smell of the wood when I work it, of the resins I use in the varnish, and of the finished guitar when you open the case and when you hold it to play. It is already the promise of another world. Then the feel of the wood, the texture of the finish, the response of the guitar to the touch, and the vibrations that carry into your body when you play. Finally, there is the sound, which to me is the most important part since it creates all the relationships, between the player and the guitar and between them and the listener. I listen to each piece of wood I use and I keep listening as I build so that what the player and their audience hear hopefully transcends our world or maybe simply honors it.
I was listening to a recording of an early guitar. The player hit a note and in that single note, as it developed and expanded, it seemed there was a whole world. This is what I aim for, that feeling of substance and of place, almost palpable. I hope I can instill that in the guitars I make so that the player can feel and create their own world.
I voice every guitar with extreme care. I strive to make guitars that are highly responsive with a full balanced sound and a wide dynamic range. I build for rich overtones while keeping great note separation and clarity.
I work mostly with hand tools. I find I have more control that way and I can better appreciate every piece of wood I use.
PRICING AND ORDERING
My price for a guitar is currently $5000 plus applicable tax and shipping. To place an order, there is a $1000 non-refundable deposit; it covers materials cost and design time.
This price applies to any of my models. It includes:
- Choice of best quality European Spruce, Sitka Spruce or Englemann Spruce.
- Choice of Walnut, Cypress, Wenge or Indian Rosewood back and sides. Special or figured sets can add an extra charge depending on cost.
- Florentine cutaway (the pointy one) or Venetian cutaway (the round one).
- Choice of walnut, Oak, Port Orford Cedar or Mahogany neck.
- Choice of walnut, Indian Rosewood or Ebony Fingerboard.
- Choice of Ebony or Indian Rosewood bridge.
- Fingerboard binding and markers.
- Choice of 12-fret or 14-fret.
- All wood binding and purfling.
- Side purfling and wedge or rectangular tailpiece.
- All wood simple rosette (solid wood or lines).
- Headstock veneer matching back and sides.
- Oportunity to choose neck width, string spacing and scale length.
- Neck profile made just for you.
- Hard frets (18% Nickel-Silver).
- Schaller or Gotoh Tuners.
- French polish finish.
- Full warranty within the limitations described below.
- Hiscox PRO-II case.
- Special or figured back and sides set: pricing based on cost.
- Highly figured or otherwise special top: pricing based on cost.
- Fan fret (multi-scale): $250.
- Fancy rosette: $250.
- 7 or more strings: $150.
- Other fancy inlay: pricing based on specific design.
- Custom made tuning machines (VSTuners, Alessi, Rodger, etc.): pricing based on cost.
- Entirely new, custom-designed guitar model: as negotiated.
- Vegan or other special requirements: as negotiated.
- Visesnut case: $700.
A limited lifetime warranty is issued with every guitar. It is tied to the original owner and covers faulty materials and craftsmanship. It does not cover normal wear and tear, mishandling, alterations and storage in extreme climatic conditions.
Feel free to contact me using the contact form on this page. I will be happy to respond quickly to your needs and requests.
10 bis Route D'ax, 31120 Portet-sur-Garonne, France