MEET THE Luthiers
A.T. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DION GUITARS, CANADA
Dion Bews, 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.
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.
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.
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 it's design sensibilities and sonic philosophy.
ERWIN SOMOGYI, USA
Ervin Somogyi is a professional luthier and artist in wood of more than forty years' standing, whose work is known and respected internationally. His guitars are played by many professional musicians in widely different musical genres. Fascinating to women, respected by strong silent men, charismatic, deeply intelligent, wise, urbane, erudite, and compelling. Ervin Somogyi is none of these. But one has to make a living somehow; a man in free American shouldn’t go hungry. And Somogyi does make a pretty darn good guitar.
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.
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.
GAIERO GUITARS, CANADA
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.
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.
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.
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."
KAWAKAMI GUITARS, CANADA
Yusuke Kawakami, Luthier
To Yusuke Kawakami, building guitars is not just a job but his pride and passion. As a big fan of the Beatles and Deep Purple from an early age, he began his luthier training under his father, a master luthier at K.Yairi Guitars (company founded by his grandfather in 1936). In 1999, he moved to Vancouver and joined Larrivee Guitar to further advance his skills. In 2002, Yusuke settled in Vancouver permanently and established his own company. Now he creates fine crafted guitars and ukuleles at his workshop in North Vancouver, using the best local materials such as spruce in ideal moisture condition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAEGEN WELLS GUITARS & MANDOLINS, USA
Maegen Wells, Luthier
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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!
NIK HUBER GUITARS, GERMANY
Nik Huber, Luthier
Nik Huber carries on a more than 100 year old family tradition. In 1896 a heritage of woodworking expertise was born to proud parent Nikolaus Huber in a small village in Southern Bavaria. Today Nikolaus Huber IV carries that expertise forward in the form of exquisite guitars. Nik Huber Guitars was founded in 1996. Since then, the company grew slowly but constantly. Today a team of five highly skilled specialists builds approximately 220 hand-crafted instruments a year, with help from a little CNC machine.
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.
POTVIN GUITARS, CANADA
Mike Potvin, Luthier
Mike Potvin has been designing and building custom electric guitars in his one-man shop since 2003. His designs have been featured in books and magazines, and are praised by players around the world for their balance, design aesthetics and build quality. Mike takes inspiration from class guitar designs, but is never bound by any "formula". His unique designs feature a nod to the past, and more than a hint of Mike's passion for the world of vintage sports cars.
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.
REILANDER CUSTOM GUITAR, CANADA
Michael Reilander, Luthier
Michael Reilander has been commercially producing guitar pickups and electronics since 2006. Not happy with out of the box electronics, Michael set out on a never ending quest for tone. He has experimented with hundreds of different tone caps, pots and pickup combinations. Little did Michael know, that this obsession for tone would lead to his own line of pickups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TERRE ET BOIS, FRANCE
Nicolas Wilgenbus, Luthier
Nicolas Wilgenbus has been a luthier on Reunion Island since 2001. Most of his inspiration comes from natural elements, such as the hydrologic cycle or the growth of plants. Nicolas explores both the acoustic and aesthetic qualities of the precious Indian Ocean woods, combined with the species traditionally employed for lutherie. His instruments are proudly handcrafted with love and respect for the wood, so as to deliver all the fruits of his passion to musicians.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WILKIE STRINGED INSTRUMENTS, CANADA
Wyatt Wilkie, Luthier
Wyatt Wilkie began building instruments in 1999. He spent the following decade honing his skills in workshops on both sides of the Atlantic and, from 2007-2009, as apprentice and master craftsman to Bob Benedetto. Having hand-carved well over 100 jazz guitars and mandolins, Wilkie then set up shop permanently in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Wyatt is currently accepting students for his one-on-one archtop building master class.
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.
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.