Coupvray, France, 2004
Cedar Soundboard, Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
Ebony fretboard with 650 string length
This is an outstanding concert guitar with a rich, powerful and resonant tone, perfect balance and great ease of playing. The very old fine grained cedar top produces an appealing dark tone which also has perfect clarity. The basses are focused and the trebles sing. The finesse of the woodworking is unique and a delight to the eye, the rosette and bindings especially.
A great guitar for a player or collector who wants an instrument built in the direct tradition of Daniel Friederich, from whom Lesueur learned guitar making 35 years ago. As Lesueur tells it, both he and Friederich knew each other as cabinet makers in Paris before either one started making guitars. Friederich began first and acquired skills and knowledge that put him at the forefront of world luthiers. At the age of 39 Lesueur decided to follow his friend and became his apprentice and in 1978 he made his first concert instrument. During his subsequent career he won all the national and international guitar making competitions and attracted the attention of many top virtuosos such as Toninho Ramos,m Celco Machado, Mitsutoshi Tanaka and Alvaro Pieri.
There is a crack in the finish and one well repaired crack in the sound board of this guitar, which is in generally good condition.