The goal of my guitars is to give you goosebumps when you hold them in your hands.

Youri Soroka is a French-Ukrainian luthier from Orléat (Puy-de-Dôme), France. He builds guitars using traditional construction methods and local supplies. Youri used to be a computer software development engineer for a large banking company in Paris. However, at the age of 38, Youri started reading books about guitar-making and cabinetmaking and decided to become a luthier. All of this was triggered by a simple project when Youri wanted to fix an old Czech plywood guitar that he bought for $30 in Ukraine as a teenager. He learned how to replace the soundboard with solid wood and was very satisfied with the result of his work. It motivated him to explore more guitar building techniques.

After becoming a full-time luthier Youri’s career started to thrive. He participated twice in the Antonio Marín Montero International Competition in Granada. Even though during the first edition of the competition he didn’t win a prize, his craftsmanship attracted the attention of Guitar Salon International. In the second edition, he won the 2nd prize. The start of his career was extraordinary. After only a few years of guitar making, he became a fully-booked luthier.

Youri’s goal is to do everything himself- from cutting the wood to creating fine inlays and designing his own rosettes. Youri also plays the guitar and knows what desired sound he would look for as a player. All parts of his guitars are handmade with the exception of pre-made tuning machines. Youri’s guitars are also characteristic for using only traditional methods. He uses natural resins for the French Polish and animal instead of synthetic glue. The goal is to have no negative impact on the environment. Youri favors local woods from the area where he lives to save the exotic woods that are very popular among other luthiers.

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