Premier Guitar

Gallery: Montreal Guitar Show 2009, part 3

August 7, 2009
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Benedetto brought a bevy of instruments to Montreal, including a 16" Sinfonietta as well as La Venezia, Bravo Elite, Bambino Elite and Andy Elite models.
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Mike Baranik uses exotic woods and innovative features to build guitars at his shop in California.






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Canadian Benoit Raby specializes in the art of classical and flamenco guitar making, but also makes a fretless instrument known as the oud.







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“The Black Cherry” by Montreal’s own Michael Greenfield, with inlay work by Larry Robinson, was also made for Jacques-André Dupont’s Red Guitar collection.
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Canadian Jeremy Clark of 52 Instrument Company displays his penchant for yellow cedar and Indian rosewood.






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French self-taught luthier Olivier Fanton d’Andon is known for his elegant designs and balanced tones.






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Galloup Guitars of Big Rapids, Michigan is a full service guitar facility where budding luthiers can learn the craft of guitar making. Custom guitars made at Galloup include small body guitars, baritones and everything inbetween.






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French luthier Christophe Grellier makes flat tops, archops and Weissenborns.






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Canadian Peter Hopkins is known for his modern interpretations of the archtop. Here is the “Red Tessa Nova” Jacques-Andre Dupont commissioned for the Red Archtop collection.






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Candian luthier Josh House specializes in steel string flat tops. This Piedmont (L-00) Pro has a Monkey Pod back and sides.






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Sigmund Johannessen is a Norwegian who immigrated to Canada. He specializes in hand-carved archtops.






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Canadian luthier Tony Karol builds custom guitars at his shop in Mississauga.






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Canadian Michael Kennedy is making guitars under the Indian Hill Guitar Company name. Kennedy completed a three-year apprenticeship with master luthier Sergei de Jonge.






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Kopo’s Fred Pons uses wood, carbon- and metal-based materials to create unique, ergonomic instruments, including these Malaga models.






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Lance Kragenbrink specializes in contemporary fingerstyle guitars, which he builds in his Vandercook Lake, MI, studio. This is his OM Fingerstylist.






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Canadian William “Grit” Laskin is the only instrument maker to have received Canada’s highest craft honor, the Saidye Bronfman Award For Excellence. Here is a close-up of Laskin’s “JATP 49,” his tribute to Oscar Peterson.






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In addition to building Gibson-style mandolins and D’Angelico replicas, Michael Lewis makes archtops of his own design. This one, “La Petite Rougette” is part of Jacques-André Dupont’s Red Guitar collection.






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Patrick Mailloux of Canada makes high-end classical and romantic guitars. This model has an Engelman Spruce top and cocobolo back and sides.






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Japanese luthier Michihiro Matsuda turned heads with his innovative designs. Matsuda studied under Ervin Somogyi and Frank Ford.






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New York’s Christian Mirabella is a top restorer of vintage archtops. His Trap Door guitar features sliding doors to alter the acoustic properties of the instrument.






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Edward Klein’s elliptical guitar project was supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.






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Erich Soloman uses European spruce and European maple to build guitars one at a time in Epping, New Hampshire.






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Rolf Spuler is a Swiss-based luthier and engineer. He is shown here with his Paradis models, which are equipped with his proprietary undersaddle pickup system.







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Talk about a Sweet Rosette! (Sorry, couldn’t resist) US luthier Blair Sweet uses choice woods for a balanced acoustic tone. Rosette options include wood designs, bwb lam and abalone.






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Canadian Judy Threet specializes in small-bodied guitars which she adorns with creative and life-like inlays. Video Interview






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This instrument is the product of research on experimental classical guitars conducted by Florian Vorreiter in his Winnipeg workshop.






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Canadian Joseph Yanuziello doesn’t stop at traditional flat top guitars – he also makes resophonics, and various electric mandolins (including mandolas and mandocellos). This year he brought a bass, too.
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