Fred Kopo, luthier
For more than 25 years, a few hundred guitars or basses,
I devote my energy to violin making research,
namely technological innovation, design, ergonomics and of course sound,
electric or acoustic.
Very modestly, and since this is what excites me the most,
I seize every opportunity brought to me by my customers,
but also on my own initiative, to propose new technical solutions,
and therefore new aesthetic options,
adding in recent years, an ecological problem.
My Ouessant model is in its own way a synthesis of this long-term work,
and especially my latest version,L1 in bio-composite.
Fred Kopo, luthier
Welcome to my site, I welcome you there with pleasure, as I will welcome you to my workshop if you wish to visit me there.
For more than 25 years, several hundred guitars, basses, and various violins, double basses, mandolins..., I devote my energy to research in violin making, namely technological innovation, design, ergonomics and of course sound, electric or acoustic.
Modestly, and since this is what fascinates me, I seize all the opportunities brought to me by my customers,
but also on my own initiative, to propose new technical solutions, and consequently new aesthetic options, adding in recent years, an ecological problem.
Among several acoustic models, the Ouessant is in its own way a synthesis of my technical research - I have also been experimenting for more than 10 years with the use of non-tropical woods, European species worthy of aesthetic and mechanical interest; and acoustics,
and most recently a bio-composite version
Research to better understand and improve the acoustic behavior of guitars fascinates me - Thanks to the help of acoustic researchers, we now have access to measurement tools that allow us to characterize the sound of a guitar - We can thus more easily do the link between the technical choices of manufacturing, design and architecture, wood, thicknesses, bracing, tuning fork, strings... and the sound result, the timbre, the voice of the instrument once it is is played.
I have created several dozen semi-acoustic guitars, hybrids between a body instrument and an electric guitar, generally equipped with an electro-acoustic system, and for the steel strings, with one or more magnetic pickups. Do not hesitate to express your desires in this area where the possibilities are multiple...!
The solid-body electric guitar is also a vast field of expression for a luthier - the choice of microphones, the pitch, the type of assembly, the woods, the electronics, ... all elements which constitute the sonic palette of the instrument!
The acoustic bass is a world apart - Fretted, it's a bass guitar, fretless it's between the guitar and the double bass - I've built a few dozen in almost 30 years, always with great interest - The acoustic constraints are the same as for the guitar, favoring the low frequencies obviously!
The semi-acoustic bass, electro or hybrid, is a fascinating instrument, due to the great freedom of choice it leaves to the musician as well as the luthier - Many options are possible, let's say years!
I offer several versions of electro bass, from the hollow 1/2 body body to the small full body model, equipped with one or more sensors depending on your needs, 4 or 5 strings. do not hesitate to ask !
I started violin making in the early 1980s with an apprenticeship with a quartet violin maker. I therefore always have great pleasure in studying tailor-made projects for electric, electro, violin or cello, etc.
Here are some examples.