Incoming 2017 Bouchereau Mistral Build

We met Loïc Bortot of Bouchereau Guitars at the 2016 Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, and a few days later we came home to North Carolina with a sweet little Mistral OM ( in tow. That Ziricote-and-Lutz beauty wasn’t long for this shop, however, before we sent it on to its new home with one of our clients. We immediately snagged a slot in Loïc’s build schedule for the next one. We’re happy to report that our second Mistral (this time with Quilted Sapele and salvaged Sitka Spruce) is soundly underway! Loïc has already sent a few photos of the build so far, and will continue to provide photos so we can document the process here. We’re hoping to take delivery in the next month or so! Stay tuned.

Back and sides – Quilted Sapele
Top – Salvaged Sitka Spruce
Scale length – 25.4”
Nut width – 1.7″
Lower bout – 15 1/2”
Body length – 19 3/8”

Quilted Sapele back, Spruce braces.

Back brace shaping with palm plane and chisel.

Florentine cutaway with solid kerfing and blocking.

Installing the Bouchereau label for Mistral #012.

Quilted Sapele back and sides have been joined. Note how Loïc applied a wash coat to the interior faces to help seal them against moisture.

Stay tuned for further developments!