Exhibitors 2014

Philippe Clain
Philippe Clain

Philippe Clain was born in Paris and grew up listening to live bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and blues bands playing in the Paris clubs and bars. Right from the beginning, he was in love with the guitar in all its variations, no matter if classical guitar, jazz or electric, or even quartet instruments. After learning cabinet making, Philippe worked as a repairman for pianos and violins. Later, he decided to leave Paris and moved to the french island Réunion, in the Indian ocean. There he builds acoustic, semi-acoustic and solid body electric guitars, and basses, using exclusively local and sustainably harvested woods. Philippe pays particular attention to the ethical aspects of resource management.


“As a teenager, I learned the basics of piano and discovered the violin. The first two discs that have rocked my adolescence: Concerto for piano and orchestra by Tchaikovsky and a 33 round Eddy Cochrane micro-groove.


My first guitar was very ugly, but so near me, a true companion escaped. I quickly wanted to give him the appearance of what it represented in my little story. I tried to sublimate an ugly objet cheap representing good times, only mine. I then watched, auscultated observed, listened to, compared, smeared, cut, glued, processed, colored, everything that you can imagine … Whatever treatment I made him suffer for his image can compete with beautiful, shiny and famous “instruments of my musician friends, an obvious choice: the beauty and efficiency of my transformations depended on the kindness of my technical prowess, the relevance of my ideas and my choices. Their affective gives way to curiosity. The interest, observation, understanding, reflection become engines of my relationship with the instruments.


In 1984 I left for metropolitan France Reunion Island. All these beautiful woods that I discovered, and which come from native or introduced species remain available if the entire Reunion community makes his case for the future of the forest: Tamarin, Camphor, Badamier, Litchi, Wood black or Bannoir, Acacia Siam, Cypress, Grévilaire. etc … Do not forget the wood from Madagascar that may disappear if they are still operated without any forestry management. We are actors in the drama being played out there. Because we appreciate the high quality raw material, so give these species a value that exceeds the financial interest which we can not escape our productions gratifions an artistic dimension where any potential client can recognize the ‘French Violin’.