Loic Le Pape - Steel Guitars Who is Loic Le Pape ?
Successively airbrush painter, general mechanic then specialized in motorcycles, electrician and sign electronics, an accident forced him to change direction once again: he first builds wooden guitars, being also guitarist in the band Brigitte Borderline, then starts to make the body in steel. He then approached competent luthiers who taught him the essential techniques.
The choice of metal comes of course from his experience in mechanics, and the steel body is exclusively used because he prefers its sound to that of other metals such as aluminum. The necks remain in wood: it is the combination of the two materials that gives the general tone of his guitars. The metal is protected by a special treatment and the varnish is often worked to simulate aging (a relicage) in order to give a raw aspect.