Ten Forward-Thinking Luthiers at the 2011 Montreal Guitar Show

July 13, 2011
More than 100 acoustic and 30 electric luthiers were invited to display their wares at the <a href="http://www.montrealguitarshow.com/default-en.aspx"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>2011 Montreal Guitar Show</strong></span></a>, which took place Friday July 1 through Sunday July 3, coinciding with the Montreal Jazz Festival. In addition to legendary guitar builders such as Linda Manzer, Tom Ribbecke, William Laskin, and Ken Parker, there were<em> lots</em> of extraordinary luthiers who are somewhat less well known in the U.S. Here are ten examples:<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="img" src="/Portals/0/Alain-Moisan2.web.jpg" style="margin: 3px 5px; vertical-align: middle; width: 219px; height: 328px;" /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong></strong></span><br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.guitaresmoisan.com/en">Alain Moisan</a></strong></span> (Canada) builds acoustic, Flamenco, and classical guitars. Shown here are OM, dreadnought, Flamenco, and two classical models (left to right), all featuring Moisan&rsquo;s gorgeous rosettes.<br /> <br /> <br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img src="/Portals/0/fibenare-.web.jpg" alt="img" style="width: 492px; height: 328px;" />&nbsp; <img src="/Portals/0/fibenare-close1.web.jpg" alt="img" style="width: 221px; height: 328px;" /><br /> A team of four luthiers comprise <a href="http://www.fibenare-guitars.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Fibenare</strong></span></a> (Hungary): The Benedek brothers (Attila, Csaba, and &Aacute;rp&aacute;d), and G&aacute;bor Goldschmidt. Up front are two Jazz Single-Cut models, one featuring a quilted-maple top (left) and the other an extraordinary one-piece flamed-maple top (right and separate photo). In the rear are an Erotic Junior, a Basic Jazz Single Cut - Rahan I, and a new Single Cut model with a single P-90.<br /> <br /> <br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="img" src="/Portals/0/fernando--bernardo.web.jpg" style="width: 219px; height: 328px;" /><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.beluthier.com.br/">Fernando Bernardo</a></strong></span> (Brazil) builds acoustic and classical instruments from select and often exotic Brazilian tone woods. Check out the truly exquisite top and rosette on this beautiful G&aacute;vea model classical guitar.<br /> <br /> <br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img src="/Portals/0/Craig-Anderson.web.jpg" alt="img" style="width: 187px; height: 328px;" /> <img alt="img" src="/Portals/0/Craig-Anderson-detail.web.jpg" style="width: 219px; height: 328px;" /><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.craigandersonguitars.com/">Craig Anderson</a></strong></span> (United States) built this instrument specifically for the Montreal Guitar Show. The soundboard was made from a spruce beam that came from a building constructed in the 1850s, the back is cocobolo, the rosette is spalted maple, and the fretboard inlay is of a maple leaf.<br /> <br /> <br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img src="/Portals/0/jean-pierre1.web.jpg" alt="img" style="width: 492px; height: 328px;" /> <img alt="img" src="/Portals/0/jean-pierre-detail.web.jpg" style="width: 219px; height: 328px;" /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><br /> <a href="http://www.laplanteguitars.com/">Jean-Pierre Laplante</a></strong></span> (Ontario, Canada) makes acoustics, solidbody electrics, and archtop electrics. Shown are four archtops in various styles, including The Morning Song (far right), a 17&rdquo; instrument with a 25&rdquo; scale, a quilted makore laminate back and sides, laminate spruce top, flamed-maple binding, an East Indian rosewood/flamed-maple laminate neck, a West African ebony fretboard, and a large inlay on the fretboard (see photo).<br /> <br /> <br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img src="/Portals/0/woolson.web.jpg" alt="img" style="width: 220px; height: 328px;" /><br /> All of the guitars built by <a href="http://www.woolsonsoundcraft.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Paul Woolson</strong></span></a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong></strong></span> (United States) feature elegant design touches. This back is particularly dramatic. Read about his unusual design elements&mdash;including what he calls "spider bracing"&mdash;on his site.<br /> <br /> <br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="img" src="/Portals/0/edward_klein.web.jpg" style="width: 219px; height: 328px;" /><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.edwardkleinguitars.com/">Edward Klein</a></strong></span> (Canada), who builds classical and acoustic guitars (sometimes out of very unusual materials, including metals), brought the avant-garde Ellipse Negra to the MGS, as well as this very interesting non-linear nylon-string model.<br /> <br /> <br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 492px; height: 328px;" src="/Portals/0/james-trussart.web.jpg" alt="img" /><br /> Speaking of metal, <a href="http://www.jamestrussart.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>James Trussart</strong></span></a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong></strong></span> (United States) is arguably the master of steel guitars&mdash;meaning constructed of steel, not played with a steel. He brought a nice selection of instruments of all types and configurations, including these four highly decorated beauties.<br /> <br /> <br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="img" src="/Portals/0/hubert-soumis-pilon.web.jpg" style="width: 219px; height: 328px;" /><br /> Along with several models of his acoustic steel-string guitars, <a href="http://www.saradip.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Hubert Soumis-Pilon</strong></span></a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong></strong></span> (Canada) displayed the 21-string Saradip harp guitar, a tribute to luthier Friedrich Schenck.<br /> <br /> <br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 219px; height: 328px;" src="/Portals/0/Gilles-Pourtoy.web.jpg" alt="img" /><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.gilles-pourtoy.fr/en">Gilles Pourtoy</a></strong></span> (France) is renowned for his acoustic, classical, and archtop guitars&mdash;but at the MGS he also showed this retro-futuristic electric with chicken-head knobs and lots of switches, an unusual custom vibrato system, and star inlays scattered across the fretboard.<br /> </div>
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