World-class guitarist David Jacques joins Laforest
Guitars to present to you classical guitar
no. 12! Thanks to Mr. Jacques's professionalism and Mr. Claude Frenette's
multiple talents, we put together these videos on December 17th
2015, at Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in
I would like to express my very sincere
David for his amazing musical finesse and for having found the time
to take part in this session. A million thanks to
Claude for his motivation and his ever impressive skills. I also
warmly thank the Relais de la
Pointe des Écureuils for having provided a venue for our
Laforest Guitars is pleased to
present Guy Bouchard performing three of his compositions on his
newly-acquired red cedar and black walnut guitar (acoustic guitar
no.10). Mr. Bouchard's beautiful music was recorded on March 18th, 2015
by Mr. Claude Frenette.
Thanks a million, gentlemen, for your
Quebec, September 29th 2013; Judith Laforest, Christophe Pratiffi
and Claude Frenette met at the
Henri-Gagnon concert hall for a third Laforest Guitars
recording session. With his immutable and exceptional musicality, Mr. Pratiffi presents classical guitar no. 9.
Many thanks to you, Christophe and
Claude, for sharing your talent and your passion with Laforest
Laforest Guitars and the guitarist Christophe Pratiffi
have once again joined their light touch to present an instrument. These videos
were produced with the invaluable assistance of Mr. Claude Frenette,
this June 2nd 2012. The sound recording was made at the
Sainte-Anne Chapel in Neuville, with classical guitar no.7.
My very warm thanks to you, gentlemen,
for your passion and enthusiasm!
The guitarist Christophe Pratiffi lent
his great talent to Laforest Guitars for the production of
these samples. These wonderful renditions were recorded on January
31st 2011, in concert with the sound engineer Mr. Serges Samson. The
sound recording was performed on classical guitar no.5, at the
Henri-Gagnon concert hall of the Laval University, in Quebec.
Many thanks to both of you for bringing
this project to completion!
Hybrid guitar... or the
Since the fall of 2011, the guitarist
Christophe Pratiffi and I worked together to develop a sound still
untapped, which unites the qualities of a classical guitar and an
The creation of the instrument is
intended as a suggested answer to current needs in terms of sound
aesthetic. While talking with professional guitarists, I noticed that
many of them failed to elicit any response to their ideal sound
outlook through current guitar making. They are, for the most part,
classically trained guitarists who want to give a more popular tangent
to their career, or guitarists whose music is mixed, usually with
styles where fingerstyle is used. One frequently sees these musicians
changing the tuning of their instrument to color their music, notably
to leverage basses yet lower. The objective of this project was
therefore to design a guitar that would not only support the full
expressiveness of these musicians, but could also be the initiator of
a new musical tendency.
The ideational part of the project was
carried out over a sharing of knowledge and skills, to which
Christophe and I took part. In this way, we wanted to make sure
firstly to meet the sound ideals of the guitarists concerned and
secondly, to respect the schedules of upscale instrument making. Over
our meetings, we thus worked in concert to elaborate a guitar
prototype that could hold three bass strings for acoustic guitar and
three treble strings for classical guitar.
So here is the fruit of these efforts:
an hybrid guitar whose construction offers extended sound
possibilities and provides access to D, C and B keys by combining the
dynamism of bass guitar basses and the subtlety of classical guitar
trebles, that without requiring the add of extra strings.
My very sincere thanks to you,
Christophe, for your ideas, your involvement and this incomparable
music that made our collaboration a success!
Many thanks to Mr. Jacques Carbonneaux,
laguitare.com, for his
generosity and the production of this video.
Laforest Guitars also warmly
thank the Conseil des arts et des Lettres du Québec which,
through its financial support, has made possible the realization of