The Body Shape or Plantilla

Elegant lines of the Bouchet plantilla

Robert Bouchet was a French impressionist painter who started making guitars relatively late in life. Although he completed only about 130 instruments, they have been owned and played by many great guitarists; Julian Bream owned three.

Bouchet's guitars are noted for their considerable volume and superb sustain; and to my eyes, the exquisite curves of the plantilla capture perfectly the essence of the spanish guitar.

Extremely rare now, a 1966 Bouchet recently sold at auction for $122,500.