Canada is the home of manufacturers such as Godin and subsidiaries such as Art & Lutherie and Simon and Patrick which produce homemade acoustic, electric, and bass guitars.
Founded back in 1972 and headquartered in Montreal, Godin specializes in acoustic and electric guitars and amps. There is a host of different types to choose from, including session, progression, multi-voice, limited, A-series, and others. Godin also offers accessories such as straps, stands, picks, cases, and cables: https://godinguitars.com/product-category/guitars/
Instruments are offered under several labels, including Simon and Patrick, Art & Lutherie, and Norman. Simon and Patrick produces hand-crafted mid- to high-range guitars while Art & Lutherie manufactures entry-level instruments that are more on the budget end. Norman specializes in mid-level and entry-level guitars.
Established in 1995, Art & Lutherie offers hand-crafted, affordable guitars that feature sides and back from wild cherry, necks made from silver leaf maple, and tops from solid sitka spruce. All tops are pressure tested. Almost all guitars are made from materials that help minimize environmental impact. Trees are not cut, and only fallen trees are gathered. The lineup includes models such as Legacy, Americana, Roadhouse, and others, whether the genre is rhythm and blues, alt country, country, or folk.
A sub-brand of Godin, Seagull was founded in 1982 and specializes in acoustic guitars. The company also offers a range of accessories, including stands, strings, straps, apparel, gig bags, and others. Notable songwriters, singers, and performers who played Seagull include Kim Deal, Michelle Lambert, Emm Gryner, James Blunt, and others. Seagull is committed to environmental protection and uses reclaimed wood and hydroelectricity to reduce its carbon footprint.
La Patrie is also a subsidiary of Godin that produces different models, including Arena, Collection, Presentation, Concert CW, and The Motif. All models are pressure tested which ensures good resonance, projection, and overall tone quality. With some models, the necks are made from Honduras mahogany while the tops are carved from cedar. Other types of wood that are used include wild cherry, rosewood, spruce, and flame maple. A custom polished finish is used on all models so that the wood can vibrate and breathe.
Established in 1974, Riversong Guitars manufactures different models, from guitars that produce rich and dark sounds to models with a good dynamic range. The company features different series, including Soulstice, Graduated Scale, Tradition, and others. Riversong has been awarded and shortlisted for numerous awards, among which 2015 Best New Guitar Accessory, 2014 3rd Place Best New Acoustic.
Also known under the names J.K. Lado & Co and Lado Guitars, this manufacturer specializes in electric bass and electric guitars. The shop is operated and owned by Croatian-born Joseph Kovacic and is currently found in Lindsay, Ontario. Customers are offered different models, including Zebra Doubleneck, Falcon, Solo Doubleneck, Flying V, Solo I guitar model.
Based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, this shop has been producing hand-crafted guitars since 1985. There are several models to choose from, including custom, OO, OM, C, and D series. Customers are offered the option to choose from different tuners, peghead overlays, pickguards, fingerboard bindings, and wood bodies.
To build an electric guitar, you can either use pre-made parts or build the whole piece from a scratch. Even if you are not a woodworking pro, you can still build a guitar by carefully planning the tools and materials you need and following the instructions below.
You will need some tools to build your own guitar, including belt sander, spindle sander, drill press, band saw, plunge router, and body and neck templates. The scroll or band saw, for example, is a handy tool to create body shapes while the rooter helps rout cavities. The belt sander will help you shape the top back contour while the drill press is handy for making holes.
There are different types of wood to choose from, including maple, spruce, and mahogany. Mahogany, for example, is a common choice for guitar bodies while maple is usually used for necks because of its sustain and tonal qualities. Other types of wood used for the body include basswood, alder, walnut, swamp ash, rosewood, and koa. Different types of wood can be used for the fretboard, the most common being rosewood, maple, and ebony. The neck is usually made from mahogany, rosewood, koa, maple, or wenge.
The next step is to create a body shape which you can do by yourself or you can use a body template. You need to trace the body shape onto a blank of wood and then cut through the blank by following the template. You can use a jigsaw to do this. Sand the sides with a sander. Routing the body cavities and neck pocket is the next step. You need a front cavity to place the pickups and back cavity to position the pickup selector controls, tone, volume, etc. The next step is to make holes for the strap pegs, pickup selector controls, tone, volume, and bridge hardware. Choose a paint to paint the guitar body. Use a neck template to cut the neck and cut the fret wire. Then you need to fix the frets and glue the nut at the meeting point of the headstock and fingerboard. The tuning pegs need to be fixed on the headstock as well. As a neck step, you need to glue or bolt the neck to the guitar body. The bridge can be attached to the body by using screws, but this depends on the model. The final step is to install electronics such as the pickup selector controls, tone, and volume.
A guitar kit is another option that comes with pre-made parts to assemble. The kit includes all parts that you need, including the neck, body, fingerboard, strap holder, and tuners. Kits usually include the following:
Guitar shaping, drilling, and cutting have already been taken care of. Assembling an electric guitar is a fairly straightforward process. First check whether all parts and electronics are included when you open the box. The parts included in the list depend on the type of guitar you have ordered. It can be a FLV, EXP, SG, TE, Hollow Body, or Metal Style Kit. The next step is to sand the guitar body smooth. Then you can apply a tinted or natural finish. As a next step, you have to prepare the fretboard by sanding the curved and flat side. Glue dots on the fretboard after drilling the holes. Flatten the neck as well. The next step is to screw or glue the neck depending on the type of guitar you have. Proceed with fixing the string guides, strap holder, and tuners and assembling the bridge. The last step is to fix the electronics in place, including parts such as the input jack, 2 X tone, 1 X volume, 3-way selector switch, and 2 x humbuckers. It is best to buy a pre-soldered kit if you do not have previous experience.