A Little History
I am very proud of the lineage from whom my luthier skills were derived.
In 1964 master luthier Edgar Munch arrived in Canada from Germany. It was in Toronto that Jean Claude Larrivee met Munch and worked with him for two years on a part time basis before turning to full time building in 1968. Sergei de Jonge was one of Jean Larrivee's first apprentices and has established a reputation of his own as a luthier and teacher.
It is from Sergei's knowledge of guitarmaking that my development as a luthier has grown.
About My Guitars
I build guitars that range from my concert quality classical (the C-49) to a number of performance acoustic steel-string guitars. My steel-string guitars range from a wide body (not quite jumbo) Signature model, to a very narrow body parlour guitar (also available in a classical nylon string version). In between is my L-49, a powerful OM style and the S-45, a small body guitar with exceptional volume. My P-49 is a concert model steel-string with the same body outline of my classical C-49. The D-49, a dreadnought with big sound, rounds out my present model listing.
Soundboard: Spruce or Cedar
I prefer the qualities of Engleman Spruce or Western Red Cedar in my classical guitars and Sitka Spruce in my steel-string guitars, but there are other options which will yield impressive results.
Back and Sides: Lots of Choices Here
I do not feel limited by tradition here. Personally, I love Rosewood, but many other hardwoods will yield truly professional instruments and I will not shy away from highly figured hardwoods if they are acoustically sound and stable. I have been collecting seasoned hardwood for many years now, and can offer more than twenty-five different species. A list of available wood options can be found in my "woodbin".
Terms of Sale
A $1000.00 deposit is required before the construction of your guitar can begin, and the balance must be paid in full before shipping. Prices quoted are for the production of your guitar only and DO NOT include shipping, handling, taxes or duties.
Currently the waiting period for delivery (after receipt of deposit) is approximately two years.
All of my instruments are warranteed against defects in materials and workmanship for as long as I remain active in lutherie.
Damage due to fair wear and tear, abuse, neglect, extremes of temperatures or humidity, or natural disaster are not covered under warranty.
Periodic maintenance is the responsibility of the owner
and is a condition of warranty. Appropriate care accessories are
included in the purchase of each instrument.