Interview, Luthier Focus

Interview with Virgile Pilon of Blind Guitars

French luthier Virgile Pilon chose the name "Blind Guitars" for his shop as a nod to the great blues players of the early 20th century.

The vintage inspiration in Virgile's guitars is readily apparent, with his Art Deco appointments and five models cut in the Martin and Gibson moulds. But he's very much a modern luthier as well, inspired like many by Somogyi, and having spent years apprenticing with various luthiers both at home in France and abroad in Australia. We had a delightful chat with him about his history and his build philosophy for S3E3 of Talking Guitar! He loves working with the classic tonewoods, like Indian rosewood and Adirondack spruce on the B-26 we have now. But he's not one to shy away from underutilized wood either, as we'll see on the flamed chestnut B-30 we have coming later this fall. Best of all, though, he loves when players bring his guitars back to him marked up and bearing the signs of a life well lived!

Enjoy our chat with Virgile below on YouTube or on Spotify by searching for "Talking Guitar".


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