François Leonard has been building classical guitars for almost 20 years now and lives and works in his workshop in Lorient, France. He had the opportunity to learn from many guitar builders in England and also worked in the Lakewood workshop in Germany. He received support from Dominique Field as an occasional mentor, so it is no surprise that the aesthetics and structural concept of his guitars are strongly influenced by French masters such as Daniel Friederich and Dominique Field.
The 2023 Francois Regis Leonard Lattice Bracing guitar is an exemplary musical instrument, engineered with a soundboard of spruce wood and a body composed of Indian rosewood. Employing a lattice bracing system, the guitar is characterized by an exceedingly responsive soundboard that yields a resonant and pronounced tonal quality. The trebles are notable for their substantial amplitude, displaying a balanced, mature timbre that contributes to the acoustical authenticity of the guitar.
The inclusion of a 64cm scale makes the instrument particularly adaptable to individuals with shorter fingers, thus enhancing the ergonomic interface between player and instrument. The guitar’s dynamic range and variety of tonal colours allow for an accurate translation of the performer’s intent, creating an engaging interaction with the musical piece being interpreted.
Every component of the instrument exhibits the scrupulous attention to detail of Francois Regis Leonard, demonstrating an impressive level of craftsmanship. In summary, the 2023 Francois Regis Leonard Lattice Bracing guitar, due to its advanced acoustical properties, optimized playability, and high-quality construction, is a desirable asset for guitarists prioritizing precision and performance.
Watch the presentation video of this particular guitar below, where you will find a lot of additional information about its playability and sound.
|Francois Regis Leonard
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