It’s been said that Philosophy is; «the capacity to marvel about everything that surrounds you.» As a craftsman, I try to inspire myself from each domain of craftsmanship there is out there, whether it be architecture, sculpture, or nature.
As an artist, I find inspiration in people in whom I can related to.
Therefore, other guitarmakers are obviously a big source of inspiration for me as well. They truly are artists, and they push me towards my better self on a daily basis.
Japan has been one of my most influencial country that reflects through my craft. Their culture is fascinating in terms of identity, diversity, philosophy and traditions. Most of the builders I admire come from this country. The influence they have on my work is pretty extensive, and I'm grateful about that.
My inlay-work is one key part of my identity as builder. It is always a true challenge to find a new theme for each instrument, and to respect what I call "The holy trinity of the instrument"; the rosette, the headstock, and the endgraft. I like to have an harmony of color, material and style for each of my guitar.
I mainly use wood because it is organic and beautiful, but I remain an open-minded person therefore, I am always curious to discover new possibilities...
In my opinion, lutherie is very close to "la haute cuisine". The Star Chef will use the best ingredients to create a dish, as refined as possible. His abilities, his experience and his vision, are fundamental to build a beautiful and good instrument.
I push myself to break the mold, expand my knowledge through an opened mindset and own my craft through the hundreds of different techniques implied in guitar making. It's with this mindset that I focus and set out to achieve my goals.
"I strive to build my instruments with the finest Tone, Ergonomics & Aesthetics"
Are you looking to learn more about the workshop, and my vision as an artisan? I invite you to watch these two videos, published by The Guitar Channel & The Fretboard Journal, and to consult these three interviews by Dream Guitars, Guitarbench & Guitarconnoisseur.
#FJFEST: workshop's visit, Benjamin Paldacci Guitars, april, 2020
La Chaine Guitare: interview, may 12, 2020
Dream Guitars: interview, august, 2018.
Guitarbench: interview, january, 2019
Guitarconnoisseur: interview, march, 2020.
When it was released in October 2019, this project had matured in the mind of Emmanuel Bighelli for more than two years (since he contacted me for my interview, in October 2017 ). This book brings together a hudge amount of luthiers from the french community, whose work has influenced me for several years now. When Emmanuel showed me the list of names and told me that I had been chosen to appear on it, it was a great moment.
Thanks again Emmanuel, for the privilege and the immense honor to be in this wonderful book! I hope that my words & pictures, will seduce readers & guitar connoisseurs.