Jean-Hervé Paul.

A friend gave me the difficult news that Jean-Herve was killed in his home in Haiti in March of this year. He was 54 years young. I won’t go into the grisly details, preferring to recall a little about Jean-Hervé.

I met Jean-Hervé on the phone about 18 years ago when he said he wanted to order a guitar with 7 strings. We had many amiable conversations about the prospective instrument. He wanted the best wood, spruce and African Blackwood. He was a musician who played many instruments. He was a friend of another customer Huayna Jiminez. At the time they were both in Florida.

Here is a recording of him providing backround music to the reading of the Haitian constitution. The words are somewhat inspiring.

Article 6 of the Haitian Constitution:

The house of every citizen is an inviolable asylum.

I’ll write more about the guitar later. It’s a fun one. For now, I’ll just note that I know he loved the guitar and posted pictures he shared a few weeks ago on a social media platform.

Jean, thank you for touching lives with music. May the music of the universe be with you.

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Luthier in the northwest of the Northwest. Classical guitars, custom instruments, repairs and restorations.
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2 Responses to Jean-Hervé Paul.

  1. steve says:

    Here is what I wrote to JHP 17 years ago.
    “Enclosed herein find documents for 7 string classical guitar Velveteen.

    Thank you for your faith, trust, honesty, vision and persistence. It has been a valuable experience working with you. I think we succeeded together.

    A small builder like me depends upon word of mouth and testimonials from customers.

    When you have a moment, I would so much appreciate your sending some information about your impressions of the guitar, and the experience of building it with me.

    Your builder,

    Steve Ganz

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