“Vincent Berton was a French Avant Garde luthier in the early 1980s. He was the protege of James Trussart, who recognized his art was beyond anything that had ever been done.
He was completely brilliant, maybe too much for sanity, as he would spend months building one a kind creations and BUILD EVERY SINGLE DETAIL BY HAND, even into the tiniest of details, he would build the knobs, the saddles, the control plates all from solid blocks of BRASS!,
He also built his own revolutionary pickups hiding the secret of his custom design by integrating them inside the body, he also built his own cases, but even down to the smallest of details like the hinges and the handle, also built by hand from solid brass !!!! insanity caught up with this TRUE GENIUS, and unfortunately Vincent Berton, after he built a reported 2 dozen instruments, all unique, committed Suicide in the mid 1980s, cutting short the recognition that was never to be during his lifetime.
Now his creations are scarce and very sought after, as his Skills and Total Mastery of the Art of Luthier survive in the less than a dozen surviving instruments worldwide.” [Information and photos of VLINE LYRE courtesy of Romain Bidaut of Foxyguitars 24/7/2008]