Bastien Burlot
    Bastien Burlot

    In his own words:

    “Classical guitar making has evolved a lot over these last 40 years. Taking into account the astonishing progress in guitar-playing technique is important in order to give birth to an instrument capable of adapting itself perfectly to the player and his sensitivity, without imposing any constraints on the interpretation of the pieces he chooses. The instrument must allow him to express himself fully and to be heard by the audience whatever the configuration of the hall (small or large) and its acoustics. Also, he must be able to deliver a perfect sound texture for studio recording.

    Modern guitar-making has seen the emergence of new technologies such as the “double top” (or “sandwiched-top”, utilizing composite materials) or “lattice” bracing, which now offers levels of dynamics and power unheard of a few years back. In parallel to this technological evolution, a more traditional yet still interesting approach continually strives to revisit the old tenets of Torres and Hauser, accepting a more intimate and capricious sound identity which makes its use more difficult in large concert halls.

    Thus, although I tirelessly experiment with new techniques, I currently use only natural materials in the construction of my guitars. I also like to think that Nature is far from having delivered all its secrets, and I prefer the sound result more “organic” and faithful to the essence of the instrument it offers us.

    It is thanks to this original conception and a thorough knowledge of the needs of a concert guitarist, that I offer a truly innovative instrument, combining beauty and sound richness to the performance of the best modern guitars. I make no compromises on the musicality, authenticity, and loyalty to the traditional guitar sound, whilst providing the sensitivity, depth, and ease of use that a performer needs today in order to perform every piece of the repertoire from early music to contemporary works.

    A “concert-grade” classical guitar should, in my opinion, offer the necessary power, dynamics, and projection for a modern instrument, but should also have a sound that is harmonically rich and balanced, as well as capable of extensive artistic expression.

    Therefore, my approach has been to base my personal research upon a solid heritage and resolutely innovative construction methods and proceed from that starting point, in order to unite these qualities in an instrument dedicated to a musical expression genuinely free of constraints.”