Lounsbury Guitars

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



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Canada has stood in the forefront of the flourishing independent luthier scene since the 1970’s.  Several generations now have established Canadian luthiery as perhaps the most vital in the world given the size of our population.  My work descends from the most prolific single branch that sprouted when Jean Larrivee apprenticed to Edgar Monch, learning to build classical guitars in Toronto.  Jean went on to develop steel string guitars that were somewhat set apart from the Martin and Gibson templates, and he taught a variety of apprentices who have established themselves as leaders in the field as well.

I studied, all too briefly, under Sergei DeJonge who was one of Jean’s earlier apprentices and who remains a fascinating and innovative builder today.  I don’t know exact numbers but I suspect that Sergei has also taught more people to build guitars than anyone else in Canada.  Sergei’s mastery of this craft and his flexible approach to building set a fantastic example.  To anyone with the itch to build their own guitar, I cannot possibly overstate the joy to be had in attending one of Sergei’s guitar building courses.

Almost without fail, whenever I have met another Canadian guitarmaker I have come away mightily impressed with their dedication, enthusiasm and openness to sharing.  They are the most wonderful bunch, both those whose work descends from Larrivee’s and those from other branches of the luthiery tree.  The same is true of those special instrument dealers who work with independent luthiers.  I am happy to share links to their websites; you will find every one of them fascinating!


Luthiers

Sergei DeJonge’s Steel String Guitars

Sergei DeJonge’s Classical Guitars

Serge’s Guitarmaking Courses

Joshia DeJonge’s Classical Guitars (Joshia is Sergei’s daughter)

Patrick Hodgins (Patrick is Joshia’s husband)

Dave Wren

Linda Manzer

Grit Laskin

Tony Duggan-Smith

Oskar Graf

Sheldon Schwartz

Joseph Yanuziello

Michael Kennedy (Indian Hill guitars)

Jeremy Clark (52 Instrument Co.)

Mark Kett (guitars)

Mark Kett (awesome inlay work!)

Joshua House

Alastair Miller


Dealers

Folkway Music

12th Fret

Linda Manzer

Grit Laskin

Tony Duggan-Smith

Oskar Graf

Sheldon Schwartz

Joseph Yanuziello

Michael Kennedy (Indian Hill guitars)

Jeremy Clark (52 Instrument Co.)

Mark Kett (guitars)

Mark Kett (awesome inlay work!)

Joshua House

Alastair Miller


Dealers

Folkway Music

Symphontree Music

12th Fret