Born and raised in Bordeaux, France, Loïc Bortot expressed an early interest in arts and design. At the age of 22, he moved to North America to start his apprenticeship at the National lutherie school of Quebec City. Loïc graduated in 2014, winning the school’s excellence award for his Moonchild model. He then established his workshop in Quebec City, in the Limoilou neighborhood. His brand proudly wears his mother’s maiden name, Bouchereau. Each guitar is crafted with the highest attention to detail. Loïc’s approach focuses on every aspect of the instrument equally. He considers acoustics, ergonomics and aesthetics, to be a part of a whole that must be intricately tied together. The final goal is to obtain the finest guitars possible. Bouchereau guitars come with very high specifications from the beginning. The standard specifications include: - Mahogany scarf jointed neck with double acting truss rod and carbon reinforcements - 3 ply structured side rim with kerfled core - Front and back headplates - Evo-gold frets with hemispherical fret ends - High quality gloss polyurethane finish - Raised fingerboard extension - A substantial choice of tonewood for the top, back and sides. Loïc works both on direct custom orders and with carefully selected dealers. All the information about his model lineup, the details about the ordering process, and the list of dealers, can be found bellow.
The Mistral model is Loïc’s take on the OM model from Martin, featuring more fluid and harmonious lines, while remaining into the same body dimensions. This very popular fingerstyle and soloist model, produces a reactive response with complex overtones and harmonics, which allows a much nuanced playing. This guitar model is the most sought after among the Bouchereau guitars lineup. Available with many ergonomic and aesthetic declinations, this very versatile instrument can adapt to the most exigent and creative players.
- Body length: 492 mm (19.4 inches)
- Width at lower bout: 393 mm (15.5 inches)
- Width at waist: 229 mm (9 inches)
- Width at upper bout: 289 mm (11.4 inches)
Photo credit: Zane Dumont for The North American Guitar