Lounsbury Guitars

Chris Lounsbury
28 Mountain Ave
Hamilton, ON
L8P 4E9
chris@lounsburyguitars.com
905-540-9270



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A bit about myself

For over twenty years I have been fascinated by the guitar as both a vehicle for expression and as a beautiful physical object.  Having had a lifelong leaning toward building things with intricate detail, I became more and more intrigued with the structure of the guitar.  Attending Sergei DeJonge’s guitar making course in Chelsea, QC was a galvanizing experience and despite the long hours spent working late into the night, I always looked forward to returning to the shop in the morning.  I found this work entirely captivating and decided that I would have to pursue it full time.

Today I am proud to continue the tradition of Canadian guitarmaking in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.  I begin by consulting with the customer regarding playing style, relevant dimensions and the desired tonal response.  Then  I select from the best materials available, and craft the instrument myself from start to finish using hand and power tools.  Each guitar is then French Polished, a centuries-old tradition of applying a shellac solution by hand using a fabric pad.  I use the French Polish method as it is non-toxic, non-polluting, and it creates a beautiful, lustrous finish that is physically thin and thus, is arguably acoustically superior.

I am grateful to the generous guitar builders who have preceded me and have been willing to share their knowledge.  Specifically I want to thank Grit Laskin and Serge DeJonge for pioneering the use of side soundholes which is a feature I love and use regularly.

Peruse this site to get a feel for my work, and begin to consider how you might relate to an instrument that is handmade especially for you.

Chris Lounsbury
28 Mountain Ave
Hamilton, ON
L8P 4E9
905-540-9270

chris@lounsburyguitars.com