Stringed instrument making is both an art and a science. Luthier Benoît Lavoie’s work lies at the meeting point of these two approaches. Whether making a guitar, a violin, a cello or a double bass, Benoît always seeks to find new ways of refining his craft. Each and every instrument he makes is an expression of his creativity and dynamic approach. He lives in his native village of Petit-Saguenay in Quebec, Canada because he wants to contribute to the vitality of his community. Visitors are welcome in his workshop, either for repair services or to try one his creations.
Beyond their aesthetic refinement, Ben’s instruments offer the musician a truly unique blend of acoustic balance and power. Furthermore, the appeal of his instruments comes from his ability to consistently replicate a high sound quality in every instrument he makes. Although his work is based on the great stringed-instrument making tradition, he constantly seeks to redefine his approach so as to achieve the ultimate sound quality of the instrument. In 2014, inspired by master luthier, Ken Parker, Ben developed a design having a bolt-on neck.
One thing that underlines his craft is how he chooses to blend tone woods, sometimes treading the classical route, sometimes experimenting with bold modern combinations together with unique innovations. A visit to his website is a magnificent adventure.