Guitars & Artists

Guitars & Artists

Atelier Jacky Walraet, luthier



• The Beetle ...

unique project

new concept

new shape

new sound

The Beetle, in progress...
The Beetle / Top
The Beetle#1 Back/Sides
Jon Gomm and the Beetle

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See videos of this guitar on my homepage

Variations on the Beetle are in the making



• Flat-Top-Carved-Back Model / FTCB

Peter Hertmans playing the

FTCB model in Trio setting



Track #2; 'What is..'

from the album: "The Other Side"

/ > Link to iTunes

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Listen this guitar played by Peter Hertmans on Soundcloud

The acoustic FTCB model is standing out particularly through his uncommon use of a carved and arched back as it is in archtop jazz guitars. This has the effect of projecting the vibrations more directly towards the sound hole and outside the guitar. Combined with a specific designed bracing pattern this results in a clear and precisely articulated voice.

• Archtop Jazz Guitars / 17 and 18 inch models

My first archtop guitars were largely inspired by the work of Jimmy D'Aquisto and John Monteleone.

I visited John several times in his workshop on Long Island (NY). He became spontaneously a kind of mentor just by talking ideas about archtops and musical instruments in general

Me playing one of John Monteleone's arch tops in his workshop / Long island, New York 1994

The tops and backs are all precisely hand carved to ensure a typical responsive acoustic 'archtop-sound'.

All guitars are equipped with a floating magnetic pick-up that doesn't disturb the vibrations of the top.

New designs are in the making, see left.

2 youtubes ⬆︎ // Paolo Loveri 17" arch-top

• Solid Hollow model (SH)

YouTube // Hendrik Breackman 18" arch-top,

with Melike

This model of electric solid body guitar is based on the classic, ergonomic design of the Strat. However, the incorporation of internal resonance chambers gives it an own distinctively unique sound.


4 youtubes ⬆︎ / Peter Hertmans playing the

SH model.

Hendrik Breackman

playing a SH model / Melike

John Abercrombie playing the SH model