Guitars Made from Bamboo? Alquier is Making it Happen

The decline in availability of tropical wood, and subsequent laws—such as the EU Timber Regulation act and the Lacey Act in the United States—designed to regulate its sale, have had a profound affect on the guitar industry, leading guitar manufacturers to seek alternative materials with which to construct their instruments.

One French luthier, Jean-Yves Alquier, spent five years conducting independent research in order to find an alternative. Finally, he stumbled upon an unlikely material that he believes is the future of the guitar: bamboo.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.