MEET THE Luthiers
FEATURED LUTHIER: ERVIN SOMOGYI, USA
ERVIN SOMOGYI, USA
Ervin Somogyi has written two world renowned volumes on lutherie, The Responsive Guitar and Making the Responsive Guitar, as well as a DVD, Voicing the Guitar, produced at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in 2009.
Building guitars started out as a hobby. At first, Somogyi had little hope of making a living at it, he says. With few how-to books available or schools where he could take classes, he learned primarily by getting his hands on some well-made instruments and studying them. “It was a very oddball activity,” he says. Now, as one of the “grand old men” of American lutherie, Somogyi is often invited to lecture at guitar shows and exhibitions.
Building primarily high-end steel-string guitars that sell for over $30,000 each, Somogyi cultivates a clientele of serious musicians—such as the late John Denver and Michael Hedges, and fingerstyle master Alex de Grassi—as well as collectors who buy his instruments as investments. Recording artists such as Daniel Hecht and George Winston list Somogyi as the builder of their guitars for several past and present albums.
Working in his Temescal district shop, he creates exactly one handmade, steel-string acoustic guitar per month, twelve annually (he doesn't take vacations), [more than] 456 since he started in the early 1970s.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Ervin Somogyi fled Europe with his family during World War II. After living in Austria, England, Cuba and Mexico, he eventually moved to the United States at age 15. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in English, he joined the Peace Corps, attended graduate school and supported himself as a flamenco guitarist, but he eventually gravitated back to the East Bay, which has been his home base since about 1972.
JAMES TRUSSART CUSTOM GUITARS, USA
James Trussart, Luthier
James Trussart is one of the few builders who has broken the mold of traditional guitar making. Working with steel as the primary material, he produces guitars that are as unique in appearance as they are in tone.
Trussart is a musician-turned-luthier. The French native began his career as a fiddler, accompanying Cajun singer-songwriter Zachary Richard in the late '70s, before turning his attention to crafting violins and later guitars (in the 1980s). From his Los Angeles home and workshop (where he has resided since 2000), Trussart crafts custom steel-bodied guitars, basses, and violins in a dazzling array of finishes, reminiscent of shiny chrome resonator instruments and rusty, weathered, fossilized discarded machinery. The tone is so distinctive that Trussart guitars have become 'must-have' instruments in the arsenals of influential artists including Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Jack White, Charlie Sexton, Daniel Lanois, Marc Ribot, Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow), Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), Sonny Landreth, Joe Perry, Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, The Roots, and many, many more.
DE JONGE GUITARS, CANADA
Sergei de Jonge, Luthier
Sergei de Jonge has built classical and steel string guitars for close to 50 years. He is known for his standards of excellence in engineering, tone, design, and workmanship. In his quest to build "the best" guitars he has experimented with many different woods, bracing patterns, double tops, side ports, adjustable and raised necks, etc. using well thought out construction that is simple and practical.
M-TONE GUITARS, USA
Matt Proctor, Luthier
Matt Proctor is a guitar maker, sculptor and musician who has been building M-tone guitars since 2009. His art-filled studio is located in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Every M-tone guitar is one-of-a kind and meticulously hand made from rough milling of the wood to final setup. These instruments are defined by innovative shapes, finishes and materials. Matt draws on many techniques he originally developed for his cast metal sculpture, frequently incorporating acid-etched and patinated steel, brass, and aluminum components. M-tone guitars are known for their seductive hand-carved necks, impeccable fretwork, and unusual finishes.
TAYLOR GUITARS, USA
Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, and has grown into the leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars. Renowned for blending modern, innovative manufacturing techniques with a master craftsman's attention to detail, Taylor acoustic guitars are widely considered among the best-sounding and easiest to play in the world. The company is a pioneer in the use of computer mills, lasers and other high-tech tools and proprietary machinery, and today, Bob Taylor is widely recognized throughout the musical instrument industry as the visionary acoustic guitar manufacturer.
BRUCE SEXAUER LUTHIER, USA
Bruce Sexauer, Luthier
Working with hand tools and using minimal fixturing, Bruce Sexauer builds one instrument at a time with the goal of ongoing incremental improvement of the traditional guitar. In his 50th year at the bench, the results of this approach to lutherie are consistently amazing. Sexauer's workshop of the last 20 years is in Petaluma, California.
LUTHERIE DION, CANADA
Simon Dion, Luthier
Simon Dion builds concert level classical and acoustic guitars. His goal is to make unique guitars at each and every build; you will never find two identical pieces. He loves every aspect of building such amazing pieces of art. The design of an instrument is as important as the sound it will produce; he strives for the perfect balance of a great sounding guitar with a unique look.
TREEHOUSE GUITARS, CANADA
Zachary Lefebvre, Luthier
Zachary Lefebvre hails from the small town of Hilton Beach, Ontario. Having learned through courses and apprenticeships with world-renowned luthiers, Zach builds 6-7 guitars per year, allowing him to meticulously craft highly customized, world-class instruments that are maximally responsive with great playability; they are a feast for the ears, eyes and the hands.
WILBORN GUITARS, USA
Benjamin Wilborn, Luthier
Ben Wilborn's focus as a builder is on his own unique designs, which he has created as a response to his desires as a musician, and his knowledge as a craftsman. His guitars are sleek and modern and employ all of Ben's hard won techniques and secrets for voicing and responsiveness, but they are not strange. In your hands - they feel timeless and alive, and in your ears, they create all those sounds that you always imagined a guitar should produce: warmth, harmonic sophistication, intensity and articulation. These guitars are built by a player, for players.
DION GUITARS, CANADA
Dion James, Luthier
Dion Guitars is a one-man operation specializing in hand-crafted acoustic guitars. While the freedom of an independent craftsperson can offer a wide range of custom modification and design, the same belief informs every project: that the beauty of the acoustic guitar lies in the instrument’s essential function and that it should inspire use as well as admiration.
TUNATONE INSTRUMENTS, CANADA
Leila Sidi, Luthier
Leila Sidi is inspired by the vintage futurism of mid-century electric guitars. She pays tribute to them while accommodating contemporary manufacturing techniques and materials. Conventional and original components generate fresh instruments with iconic tonal character and creative spark. Sidi applies an updated futuristic vision of her craft, conceiving of electric guitars ergonomically suited to musicians of any body type.
MCNAMEE GUITARS, CANADA
John McNamee, Luthier
John McNamee is a self-employed luthier of acoustic guitars, baritones and basses. He graduated from the Douglas College string instrument building course in 1986 under the instruction of Michael Dunn. John has built a variety of over 70 instruments over the years, and is also a songwriter and musician.
KAUER GUITARS, INC., USA
Doug Kauer, Luthier
"I'm Doug Kauer. I have a beard and an impressive flannel shirt collection. I also wear glasses. That makes me a 105% qualified luthier."
SCHWARTZ GUITARS, CANADA
Sheldon Schwartz, Luthier
Steel string guitars designed and engineered for solo acoustic instrumental and fingerstyle music since 1992. Performed on by some of the world's best players including Michael Chapdelaine, Erik Mongrain, Trevor Gordon Hall, Justin St-Pierre, Ali Deniz Kardelen, Donovan Raitt and Steve Davison.
FAST GUITARS, CANADA
Kevin Fast, Luthier
Since 2006, Fast Guitars has been building custom electric guitars and basses using modern technology, traditional craftsmanship, and the finest materials available. We are a true custom shop with the capability to build an instrument to exacting specifications.We specialize in fanned fret, multi-scale, extended range and standard scale guitars. Above all else, our focus is on delivering precision construction and an unparalleled level of quality.
TIMELESS INSTRUMENTS, CANADA
David Freeman, Luthier
David Freeman has custom-built string-fretted instruments since 1980, under the name Timeless Instruments. He also offers extensive lutherie training courses & luthier supplies. From re-sawing timber to intricate inlays, David draws on traditions with innovation in his research of new sound concepts. Since 1986, David has trained many present day luthiers, worldwide. It changed their life! Look, Play, Listen, OWN!
THORELL FINE GUITARS, USA
Ryan Thorell, Luthier
Ryan Thorell has been building, repairing, and playing guitars since 1993 when he built his first guitar with Tim D. Gonzalez, a Salt Lake City based luthier. After a number of apprenticeships he opened his custom guitar business in 2003 in Logan Utah. His custom handmade instruments are coveted, owned, and played all over the world by respected collectors and renowned guitarists such as Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, Vinny Raniolo, George Cole, Adam Miller, and Wolfgang Shalk.
MARC SAUMIER LUTHIER, CANADA
Marc Saumier, Luthier
Marc Saumier started building guitars in 1996, Today his line includes steel string, nylon strings, archtop, acoustic basses, ukeleles and unique instruments such as 12 string nylon string guitars that are mostly made from locally sourced wood. Focusing mainly on sound and playability, Saumier's instruments feature a unique voice, good note separation and a wide dynamic range thanks to the unique and innovative bracing of his soundboards.
MORRISSEY GUITARS, USA
Patrick Morrissey, Luthier
"My love of woodworking goes back to my childhood. My father was a craftsman and working along side him as a young boy I learned the skills necessary for fine woodworking. After completing my first guitar, I was hooked…I knew this is where I wanted to focus my talents. I found my passion as a luthier – 17 years later I continue to do what I love every day."
KRONBAUER GUITARS, CANADA
Trevor Kronbauer, Luthier
Trevor Kronbauer's passion for music and the power of a song is his drive to continually produce guitars with phenomenal sound, comfortable playability, beautiful aesthetics and the artistry he is known for. Every Kronbauer guitar is made with Trevor's own two hands, from solid woods utilizing traditional craftsmanship. Trevor’s continued mission with his work is to make Kronbauer guitars a players instrument of choice as well as a valued tool of inspiration and creativity.
KORNIL GUITARS, CANADA
Igor Kornilov, Luthier
Igor Kornilov started his guitar building in 1983 in Moscow. Since 2003, he has been living in Winnipeg, Canada. In 2007, "Kornil Guitars™" was awarded the Winnipeg Arts Council's and the Manitoba Arts Council's Grants. Over the past 35 years, Igor has built about 350 instruments: archtops, basses, electric and acoustic guitars, and many-string instruments.
OJ GUITARS, USA
Oliver Jaggi, Luthier
A third-generation Swiss craftsman, Luthier Oliver Jaggi has over three decades of experience in working in a close relationship with wood and music. Through this relationship, Oliver has explored the boundaries of engineering and tonal possibilities with an ongoing spirit of inquiry. This inquiry has led to work marked by both precision and depth of feeling. His guitars evoke the pure joy of playing music on a work of art.
YANUZIELLO STRINGED INSTRUMENTS, CANADA
Joseph Yanuziello, Luthier
Since 1979 Joseph Yanuziello has designed and introduced a wide variety of electric and acoustic stringed instruments. All are custom built one at a time in a small shop environment, including most of the unique hardware. To sum up the characteristics of all Yanuziello instruments, they are vintage inspired with modern functional playing attributes.
SUMMIT GUITARS, CANADA
Sigmund Johannessen, Luthier
Sigmund Johannessen is a self taught Luthier. His career beginning in Norway, led him to Canada where he continued his path of Luthiery. He introduced the building program to Summit School of Guitar Building and Repair Inc. of which he is both Owner and Instructor. He has been building custom instruments for the past 25 years.
AT GUITARS, JAPAN
Atsushi Takano, Luthier
I started my guitar building at the Summit School of Building and Repair. After I graduated the school in 2003, I went back to my hometown and started my shop in 2005. Since then I build any kinds of guitars, such as Flattop acoustic, Archtop guitars, Electric guitars, classical guitars and ukuleles. The speciality is the Selmer-Maccaferri gypsy guitars.
Located in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Bradford Simon of Undermountain produces meticulously handcrafted and expertly finished ukuleles and guitars in both exotic and locally sourced tonewoods. Each instrument is individually built using traditional techniques, fine components and high-quality materials. And the luthier hand-voices each instrument to accentuate the individual characteristics and unique tonal qualities of the wood.
MAP GUITARS, USA
Mike Peterson, Luthier
Mike Peterson, of MAP Guitars, builds beautiful things that make beautiful sounds. MAP Guitars are crafted in Livermore, home of California’s “other wine country”, using both high tech and traditional methods. Mike brings out the best of what the woods have to offer, with unique designs and an emphasis on their natural beauty.
GAIERO GUITARS, USA
Mark Gaiero, Luthier
Mark Gaiero builds steel string acoustic guitars in Oakland, California. He applies contemporary principles and traditional craftsmanship to create highly responsive instruments made from non-endangered woods. Mark draws on 10 years of experience designing and building stop-motion puppet armatures at Laika in Portland, Oregon. He learned guitar repair from Ryan Lynn at Eastside Guitar Repair and has worked as an apprentice to Ervin Somogyi since 2016.
NICOLE ALOSINAC LUTHIERY
Nicole Alosinac, Luthier
Vancouver luthier Nicole Alosinac has extensive experience in acoustic and electric guitar and bass repair, violin restoration, and other stringed instruments including mandolin, ukulele, and banjo repair. All stringed instrument needs, from guitar setup and intonation adjustments, to violin repair and reconstruction, can be addressed by her skilled hands. Nicole Alosinac Luthiery was established in 2003.
BROWN GUITARS, USA
Tad Brown, Luthier
Tad R Brown is an American craftsman from California who has been involved in music, art, woodworking, and guitars for over 30 years. Focusing primarily on handmade acoustic archtop guitars, each instrument is specially designed and built to be lightweight and acoustically responsive, with exceptional attention to quality, tone, and playability, producing a wide dynamic range of rich tonal resonance.
NEZIL GUITARS, CANADA
Andrew Nezil, Luthier
Andy Nezil learned classical and acoustic guitar construction from luthier Michael Dunn and apprenticed at the Larrivee guitar factory in North Vancouver, B.C. Nezil has specialized in the building of custom New York style archtop guitars since 2006.
“I was a musician long before I was a builder and have strong opinions about how a good jazz guitar should sound and feel. It’s about tone, timbre and ergonomics. I strive for perfection. All my instruments are hand carved and built by me. No robots, no carving machines, no plywood, no plastic. I use the finest British Columbian spruce and figured maple for my guitar bodies, figured sugar maple necks, all wood bindings and purflings (including f-hole bindings). Gabon ebony fingerboard wood, tailpiece wood, finger rests, etc.”
Butch Boswell, Luthier
Having repaired guitars for over 20 years, my background in fretted instruments runs deep. However, as a musician first, the guitar is something that I have been passionate about long before I ever picked up a wood working or luthier tool. After so many years of repair, building guitars was the natural next step. After earning a degree in Structural Engineering, and realizing there was just too much artist in me, the design of buildings no longer intrigued me. On the other hand, how an acoustic box works, the delicate relationship between the materials and the craftsman, walking that line between structurally sound and sonically wonderful; that all continues to intrigue me every single day. It’s with great excitement and enthusiasm that I strive to build the finest sounding, looking, and playing guitars available today.
Beauregard Guitars, Canada
Mario Beauregard, Luthier
Mario Beauregard has a one-man shop outside of Montreal, Quebec in St-Denis-sur-Richelieu and builds high end guitars, primarily steel string and archtops but also nylon string jazz models.
Beauregard instruments are exceptional, and highly sought after by accomplished players.
LARRIVÉE GUITARS, USA
Today, we are a new generation of talented guitar makers - building instruments as extraordinary and unique as the people who craft them – and who play them. We are inspired by the passion, and guided by the lifetime of experiences of our leader, Jean Larrivée, whose legendary craftsmanship still finds its way into every guitar that bears his name.
VIGF welcomes Maegen Wells to our roster of 2018 Exhibitors. Maegen Wells Guitars & Mandolins is a one lady shop tucked in the great Redwoods of California. Maegen has been building guitars since 2006 and specializes in archtop guitars and mandolins. Each instrument is her own design and is built from scratch with her own two hands.
PRESTIGE GUITARS, CANADA
From the start, Prestige set out to build guitars that are classic and timeless. From wood to components and all aspects of fit and finish, we maintain the utmost in quality. Now going into our 14th year, our award-winning line has rounded out to feature a full range of solid body and semi-hollow electrics, as well as hand carved acoustic guitars.
COLOMA GUITARS, CANADA
Meredith Coloma, Luthier
Vancouver-based Meredith Coloma is recognized as one of the youngest professional guitar builders internationally. She currently runs a successful business handcrafting custom guitars and teaching guitar building at her Vancouver Guitar Building Workshop. As a luthier, Meredith aspires to use her innovative building talents to create original custom guitars that are characterized by aesthetic beauty and superior tone.
FE TELLIER GUITARS, CANADA
Fred Tellier, Luthier
Fred Tellier has been building acoustic guitars, Irish Bouzouki and ukuleles since 2005 from his shop in Windsor Ontario. He prides himself on being open to ideas from clients, and his goal is to create an instrument with sound, playability and finish that both the client and he can be proud of.
LETAIN GUITARS, CANADA
Jeff Letain, Luthier
Jeff Letain has been a woodworker since the late seventies and shifted his focus to guitars in the late nineties. Maximum playability and the search for a tone and sound quality that excites passion of the guitarist is his main goal. For him, the guitar is a tool that is functional sculpture and the surface a canvas with a limitless field for expression.
DnA RYER GUITARS, CANADA
David Ryer, Luthier
Dave Ryer has always had a deep appreciation for fine woodworking, especially as it applies to musical instruments. He has nurtured my soul while learning the art of crafting high quality, acoustic guitars. Whether it's a classical, flamenco, steel stringed custom-designed guitar, each instrument will be unique, designed and built according to the desires of the player. Together, we will build a meticulously handcrafted instrument using the finest tone woods to ensure every clients experience exceeds their expectations. That is the goal of DnA Ryer Guitars.
MACPHERSON GUITARS, CANADA
Dan MacPherson, Luthier
A professional Luthier since the early 90's, ghost builder and finisher for many well known British brands until 2010 when MacPherson Guitars was launched. The business relocated to the Okanagan Valley in 2016 where MacPherson Guitars continue to offer a range of high qaulity, hand made solid and semi solid electric guitars.
DRAGONFLY GUITARS, CANADA
Dan Richter, Luthier
Specializing in modern acoustic and electric guitars, with up to date features like arm bevels, side-ports, fan-fretting and a completely unique aesthetic, Dragonfly Guitars looks to the traditions of the past and to the innovations of the future to inform its design sensibilities and sonic philosophy.
DONTCHO IVANOV LUTHIER, CANADA
Dontcho Ivanov, Luthier
Dontcho Ivanov is a full-time Montreal-based luthier and guitarist for the Balkan gypsy band, Soleil Tzigane. He learned to build classical and flamenco guitars in the Spanish tradition with Hugues Lefort, and steel-string guitars in the California style with Mario Beauregard. In his cozy home workshop, he builds primarily Classical, Flamenco, Steel string Parlor, Gypsy & Nylon Jazz guitars. His instruments show a remarkably high quality of acoustic response and craftsmanship.
SKYTOP GUITARS, USA
Eric Weigeshoff, Luthier
Coming from a design and film background, Eric Weigeshoff is driven by instruments that are not only sonically viable, but interesting and unique aesthetically. A long-time rock climber, Eric's passion for the stone and natural world around him finds its way into his craft. He bridges time-tested method with new technique and thought to make player-focused, intimate guitars.
BEHRAD GUITARS, CANADA
Behrad Gorgani, Luthier
Behrad Gorgani builds small bodied steel string, flamenco, and concert classical guitars in his shop located in Toronto, Canada.
CATON GUITARS, USA
Kevin Caton, Luthier
Kevin Caton started building acoustic guitars in 1999. He attended the Roberto Venn School of Luthiery in 2006 and has been striving to build some of the worlds finest instruments since. Each Caton guitar is 100% hand crafted and intended to reflect the passion and personality of its builder and player.
Tony Karol has been fascinated with guitars since high school. After a career in the telecom industry, he became a professional builder in 2001. Since then, he has built 125 guitars, for musicians such as Tommy Emmanuel, Bruce Cockburn and Stephen Bennett. Using select materials from around the world, each guitar is hand crafted in his Mississauga studio.
G.R. Bear Guitars, CANADA
Gypsy Rye Bear, Luthier
Gypsy crafts only a handful of unique custom guitars per year, utilizing modern bracing techniques, acoustic resonance tuning, meticulous engineering and a clean defined aesthetic to make instruments with far more volume, sustain, clarity and projection than you will find in most other guitars. He likes to utilize Australian native timbers such as Blackwood, Gidgee, Mulga and King William Pine for their unique aesthetic and one of a kind tonal character. Every aspect of the Instruments he builds is tailored to creating the absolute best sounding and looking guitars possible.
JAYEMAR GUITARS, USA
Jason Rodgers, Luthier
Jason M. Rodgers is sole proprietor and craftsman of Jayemar Guitars (J.M.R. "Jay-em-ar"). Each guitar is built in his small home shop in Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA using only local and domestic woods. Jason specializes in multi-scale 6-, 7-, and 8-string guitars, and a variety of custom pickups wound in-house come standard on every instrument.
THÉO KAZOURIAN LUTHIER, CANADA
Théo Kazourian, Luthier
Sensitivity, pureness and emotion are part of the recipe that gives each Kazourian guitar its unique character.
Specializing in steel string acoustic guitars, Théo Kazourian designs his instruments using traditional building techniques combined with a modern design approach.
CLÉROUX GUITARS, CANADA
Vincent Cléroux , Luthier
Vincent has been handcrafting guitars professionally since 2011. He holds a diploma from Bruand school in Montreal. Then, he apprenticed with master luthier Stephen Marchione to learn the craft of archtop guitars. Recently, with other guitar makers he founded "Lutherie de Bordeaux," a shared studio for guitar makers in Montreal. Vincent specializes in steel string, semi-hollow and archtop guitars.
LUTHERIE LACASSE, CANADA
Antoine Lacasse, Luthier
Antoine Lacasse has been working with wood since his childhood and it has always fascinated him. It is that passion, associated with his enthusiasm for guitars, that brought him to study with Rene Wilhelmy at Bruand Lutherie School from 2012 to 2015. Since then, he always tries to surpass himself in every step of the building process, from the first drawing to the last adjustments.
YEN GUITARS, USA
Yen Lai, Luthier
Yen Lai's background includes formal training from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, and experience working for Guitar Center as a guitar repair technician. He now runs his own repair shop in New Jersey, where in addition to daily repair work, he builds 6~8 guitars each year. Yen focuses on the balance between sound and aesthetics.. He likes his guitars clean and punctuated, and builds customized guitars that suit his clients' music endeavors.
TINKER/HALCYON GUITARS, CANADA
Ed Bond, Luthier
Ed Bond has been making acoustic guitars since 1995, and has been a custom luthier since 2002. Each Tinker Guitar is built from solid woods in a climate-controlled workshop. Using no shell, Ed prefers to let the natural beauty of the wood speak for itself. He uses a combination of deflection and resonance testing to ensure that every guitar he builds is loud, full, lively and responsive.
SOTA MORI GUITARS, CANADA
Soti Mori, Luthier
Sota Mori, a Japanese born Luthier and Guitar Maker was raised in Calgary, AB. Currently working as an instructor at the Summit School of Building and Repair, he builds custom handcrafted stringed instruments made In the remote Vancouver Island, BC.
MURFITT GUITARS, CANADA
Warren Murfitt, Luthier
I am a musician with a passion for anything in wood, building and playing the guitar. I have worked as a treeplanter, carpenter, cabinet builder , artist and musician. What started out as a desire to build one tiny little Parlor guitar in the back room of my studio workshop, quickly took over my whole space, not to mention my life. Guitar parts and sawdust everywhere, washed down with a good dose of country music. I’m in heaven!
WHALEHAZARD GUITARS, USA
Andy Webber, Luthier
Andy Webber designs, builds, and plays electric guitars in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He specializes in intricate, hand cut and engraved pearl inlays. Whalehazard Guitars feature clean lines, bold colors, and impeccable attention to detail. As an independent craftsman and artist, Andy understands that a beautiful guitar also needs to work, and that playability, sonic expression, and durability are even more important.
VIGILANT GUITARS, CANADA
Trevor Woodland, Luthier
Trevor Woodland is the guitar builder behind Vigilant Guitars, a relatively new firm based out of Victoria, BC. Vigilant specializes in solid body electric guitars and bases using quality, ethically sourced, and environmentally friendly materials and finishing products. Vigilant thrives in working with artists to experiment and create boutique instruments using modern materials, designs and technologies.
TOM SANDS GUITARS, UNITED KINGDOM
Tom Sands, Luthier
Tom Sands builds some of the most responsive custom acoustic guitars available in the world today from his studio in North Yorkshire, England.
With a background in Industrial Design and award-winning luxury furniture making, Tom studied the art of fine lutherie as apprentice to Master Ervin Somogyi in Oakland, California.
BENJAMIN PALDACCI GUITARS, CANADA
Benjamin Paldacci, Luthier
I strive to build my instruments with the finest Tone, Ergonomics & Aesthetics. My objective is to build broad-sounding, responsive and lightweight guitars, which will in turn become the best "tool" for any musician who strives to shape his own sound. I take pride in saying that my instruments are a reflection of who I am, and I'm proud to show them to the world.
BOND INSTRUMENTS, CANADA
Louis-philippe Bond, Luthier
Louis-Phillippe Bond specializes in making electric guitars and basses that are conceived to fulfill the needs of virtuoso musicians. His instruments possess all the attributes necessary to permit musicians to express their passion with ease and precision.
After following a formation with luthier Marc Saumier in 2009, he opened his shop in Ste Majorique de Grantham (Drummomdville P.Q.). were he creates truly custom instruments born from a collaboration with his clients enabling them to choose every design and appointment option to make their instrument unique.
His instruments can be found in the hands of musicians such as : Daniel Mongrain (Voivoid), Aaron Homme Keay (Annihilator), Domenic Forest Lapointe (Beyond Creation / Gorguts/ and many mores..), as well as many other renowned musicians.
Will Bright, Luthier
Will Bright has been building and repairing guitars since 2001. Will brings to his craft 20 years experience in guitar repair, design and construction, and nearly 30 years playing guitar and bass. This unique combination as player, builder, and repair person gives Will a special understanding and appreciation for the guitar as both a functional tool and a work of art. Will's mission as a luthier is to create instruments that are unique, useful and beautiful. He strives to bring something new to the table that will become part of the permanent guitar landscape over time.
Wayne Irvin Johnson, Luthier
Building one-of-a-kind, masterfully crafted, amazing sounding, acoustic guitars has been a life-long passion for Wayne Irvin Johnson. Having played guitar since he was 6, Wayne has developed an ear that really helps him voice a guitar that is rich, deep, wonderfully balanced, with sustain that seems to just hang in the air. He met James Olson in 1995 and was smitten with the idea of building guitars. Years later he attended Sergei de Jonge's school of lutherie. From there, he went on to build his own line of custom steel string guitars. Wayne has been married to Julie for 32 years, together they have 4 adult children.
Gage Halland has had the privilege of learning from some of the best in Lutherie. The guidance he received from John Greven that led him to the Galloup school and ultimately an apprenticeship under Michael Greenfield, has greatly influenced the work he’s putting out today.
He now works out of a one man shop in Portland, Oregon, crafting each guitar by hand using the finest materials available and an unrelenting attention to detail.