In 1976, Jean-Luc Joie opened his workshop in the French city of Bordeaux.
During the first years, he restored and built guitars.
Due to increasing demand, in 1982, he started focusing only on building concert guitars, individually, with a high sense of respect for tradition as to woods, refined bindings and rosettes, and in the way of applying polishes.
Around 1985, his high requirements in terms of sound quality lead him to design processes In order to get more from the woods by taking their real properties into account.
He contacted Bordeaux University to fine-tune a wide range of acoustical and mechanical measurements which, put together, were a first step towards mastering the sound better.
His approach to guitar making changed progressively but deeply.
He considered adding other materials to wood, which enabled him to work out innovating building techniques at first and an innovating structure for the instrument afterwards.
As soon as 1988, he imagined the concept of a radically different soundboard, “freed” from its bracing in order to increase its vibratory possibilities, annihilating the stress resulting from the bracing.
From then on, he went for a new path, breaking with the usual way of making tops out of a thin wooden board reinforced with a network of thin bars.
Starting 1990, he offered the first guitar with a braceless top.
This version had extremely contemporary aesthetics and featured a bridge turning the application of the strings tension off course as well as a new, honeycomb material (Nomex).
He made this model until the 2000s, when his work evolved, aiming at synthesising this new building method and traditional guitar making.
In 2005, those evolutions lead to his current building method, which combines old and new techniques and requires precision, mastery, as well as sensitivity and intuition.
He began offering several models, carefully made, aiming at the best possible quality for each budget and making them affordable for a larger clientele.
Jean-Luc and his son Guillaume, who has been working with him for a few years now, use the very best of their knowledge in order to make it possible for the guitarists to experience – through each and every model – their care for all details in terms of both aesthetics and tone, serving their musicality and art.