When it comes to crafting guitars with an effortless, wood-focused minimalism, they don't get much better than Dion's!
Though he builds for our shop, the Canadian luthier is no stranger to the Bespoke process, working with customers to strike a balance between his own distinct style and their tonal and aesthetic requests. Whatever the tonewood combination, his guitars are always notably responsive and full-bodied. He's not biased on his tonewoods, either, and he's contributed his eclectic experience and insight to many of our Tonewood Tour articles in the Connoisseur.
In addition to Bespoke slots for both 2023 and 2024 available, we have a No. 4 in cocobolo here in the shop, and another available via one of our Sell from Home clients. But we're excited about what's to come, too! Dion will be adding a new model, the No. 5, to his lineup that we are going to help launch, and we're hoping to get it with some very special cedar he mentioned in our Tonewood Tours.
"For my personal playing I love cedar. It has such nuance even at low volume. [But] cedar can really vary in its quality, much of it too weak to build guitars with. I have an amazing stack of western red cedar from the estate of a deceased guitar maker that I bought up about ten years ago, which is very stiff and very light, closer to Lutz spruce in its material properties, though lighter weight. It makes for a very responsive guitar with as much headroom as most spruce."