Pellerin Guitars by Michel Pellerin – Interview
NAME: Michel Pellerin
NICK NAME: Mitch
LIVING IN : Thetford Mines, Québec, Canada
TRAINING & BACKGROUND: École Nationale de lutherie, Québec 1998 , then Ervin Somogyi voicing class, in 2011
PLAYING: Guitar, for sure…. but mostly classical guitar and electric (metal)
NAME OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL BAND : Nivo Zéro , but it was in cegep (our college between high school and University)
LUTHIER YOU ADMIRE THE MOST:Mario Beauregard and Ervin Somogyi.
INSTRUMENT YOU DREAM TO HAVE ONE DAY: The Godin Artisan STIV , in Aqua blue finish I sold twenty years ago….
LAST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT: Matt Thomas (Man on the moon) and Dustin Furlow (Woodscapes), bought at the same time
LAST MUSIC SONG YOU PUT IN YOUR CAR: Frank Zappa, Fillmore East June ’71 album
LAST SHOW YOU WENT TO : The Jerks
MOST IMPRESSIVE INSTRUMENT YOU EVER HAD IN HAND: A Burton LeGeyt parlor size guitar…everything on this guitar was asthonishing, especially the sound and weight.
MOST STRANGE RESTORATION OR REPAIR YOU HAD TO DO : a guild 12 strings non cutaway that I converted to play Indian inspired music… too long to explain but here is the process explained with visual in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNSRDSAxkuM
Sense of lines.
I think the guitar as a whole concept. If I build a guitar for a show or experimentation, I begin with the choice of wood… but if I build a custom guitar, I begin with a long discussion with the client to know exactly what he’s looking for and what he doesn’t like on a guitar. The comprehension of the client’s needs is the key.
Grand Auditorium CW model , especially the CL Signature (Featuring multiscale option, Manzer wedge design, Cutaway and spanish assembly)
On this video, you can see and hear Claude Laflamme playing his, made with Indian Rosewood back and sides with Alpine spruce top
I’m also well renowed for my Harp-guitars, especially the 21 strings (with subbasses and super-trebles)
The sharping levers allow , in seconds, to play in 9 different modes without having to retune the instrument. Here some pictures of this instrument made of bird’s eye maple and Salvaged sitka spruce top.
The builder is the key.
The wood helps for the tone, but the main thing is the “chef” who manipulate all the ingredients….
The buyer should explain exactly what is searching in a guitar, soundwise, then trust the builder and let the magic happens
I also want to know his or her music background. The more I know, the best will be the guitar for the customer.
Right now, I have 26 months waiting list.I discuss with the customer, at least two hours in general, to figure out exactly what he’s looking for ; soundwise and esthetically . I also ask some technical things like shape of the neck, width and thickness, then I let him try some of my guitar (if possible) , or I send him some pics and videos of my guitar (I have a bunch of them on my website, instagram, youtube channel).
I also want to know his or her music background (what he or she plays, influences, type of playing), then technical stuff as main tuning, type and gauge of strings, etc. The more I know, the best will be the guitar for the customer.
Kaven Girouard, guitarist of Celine Dion
Claude Laflamme and Alex Anderson, harp-guitarists
Many Artists here in Quebec : Pascale Picard, Mara Tremblay, Vincent Vallières,…
I had to stop doing repairs in early 2021… with 2 years waiting list for my instruments, I had to took his decision. But I did repairs for more than 20 years and even gave repairs courses at the National Lutherie school from 2007 to 2009.
Many talented guitarmakers in here, a lot of us influenced by californian lutherie. It’s a small community and we are very close to each other, sharing knowledge and tips.
Luthiers.com is the best place to see and hear my instruments if you can’t come to my shop. Guitar shows are the best if you want to try them, talk with me and feel the magic 😉 I’ll exhibit my guitars in 7 guitar shows this year….Next will be Fretboard Summit in Chicago (End of August), Woodstock invitational in Woodstock New-York (October), Then Harp-guitar Gathering in Connecticut (End of October)
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