Luthier

Dion Guitars

Luthier
Dion James
Location
Edmonton, Canada
Founded
2016

Dion Guitars are modern steel-string acoustics known for their striking minimalism. Quick and responsive whether played light or loud, they have a clear voluminous voice, a complex range of sound, and vibrant sustain. Emphasizing line and proportion, the design philosophy behind Dion Guitars asks what can be removed? rather than what can be added?

Builder Dion James operates out of a shared shop in the prairie city of Edmonton, Canada, producing eight to ten guitars a year. With a deep respect for the tradition of innovation in lutherie, Dion’s approach builds on the elements of the guitar that have proven successful over time while adapting those that have not. 

The elusive “perfect instrument” is a lifelong pursuit, bringing so much joy and meaning to my life.

The same belief informs each of Dion’s builds: that the beauty of the acoustic guitar lies in the instruments essential function and that it should inspire use as well as admiration.

"Guitar building is a pursuit towards unattainable perfection, a craft rooted in endless minutia. Each time I think I’ve arrived, a new level of possibility appears on the horizon..."

Working with the North American guitar has been great! They’re breathing energetic new life into the luthier built guitar world.

Dion James

The Guitars

Dion currently offers two models, the No.3 and No.4. Find out more about each of these below...

Models

No.3

The smaller of Dion's two models this guitar has soft curves, a relatively wide waist and a 13th fret neck joint. These elements come together to create a much larger sound producing area than one would normally associate with a guitar of this size.  

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Upper bout width/depth
26.66cm (10.1⁄2”)
Lower bout width/depth
37cm (14 3⁄8”)
Length
49.53” (19 1⁄2”)
Waist
24cm (9 1⁄2”)
Standard specifications
Soundboard
Italian, Sitka, or Englemann Spruce
Back and sides
Honduran Mahogany, Indian Rosewood,
Neck
Honduran Mahongany, Spanish Cedar, or Walnut
Neck profile
Several options
Fretboard
Bound Ebano, Ebony, or Roasted Black Locust with Purfling
Tuners
Waverly 3 on a plate
Nut material
Cow Bone, In my Captured nut design
Nut width
45mm (1.75”)
Peg head veneer
Matched to fingerboard
Pickguard
None
Rosette
Simple wooden ring, that matched the rest of the design theme
Purfling
Matched to purfling on fingerboard and head veneer
Body binding
Ebano
Bridge
Ebano
Pins
Ebony
Saddle material
Cow Bone
Saddle type
Wide,mm fully compensated
Brace pattern
My own take on the the X brace
String spacing
57mm (2.25”)
Scale length
645mm (25.4”)
Body Join
13th Fret

No. 4

The larger of my two models this guitar has more robust curves, a thinner waist and a 14th fret neck joint.

*Please note, the specifications provided below are the standard specs included in the base price. Specifications are customizable upon request*

Dimensions
Upper bout width/depth
27.6cm (10.86”)
Lower bout width/depth
38.5cm (15.16”)
Length
49.7” (19.56”)
Waist
22.7cm (8.94”)
Standard specifications
Soundboard
Italian, Sitka, or Englemann Spruce
Back and sides
Honduran Mahogany, Indian Rosewood
Neck
Honduran Mahongany, Spanish Cedar, or Walnut
Neck profile
Several options
Fretboard
Bound Ebano, Ebony, or Roasted Black Locust with Purfling
Tuners
Waverly 3 on a plate
Nut material
Cow Bone, In my Captured nut design
Nut width
45mm (1.75”)
Peg head veneer
Matched to fingerboard
Rosette
Simple wooden ring, that matched the rest of the design theme
Purfling
Matched to purfling on fingerboard and head veneer
Body binding
Ebano
Bridge
Ebano
Pins
Ebony
Saddle material
Cow Bone
Saddle type
Wide, fully compensated
String spacing
57mm (2.25”)
Scale length
645mm (25.4”)

Why Buy From The North American Guitar

Secure payment methods

We accept all major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal or bank and wire transfers

Flexible finance options

We offer an array of flexible finance options so that you can secure your dream guitar

Safe and secure packaging

All instruments ship in triple-layered guitar boxes stuffed with packing peanuts

Fully insured global shipping

We use the most trustworthy couriers to give peace of mind no matter the location

No hidden fees or taxes

What you see at checkout is what you pay so there are no surprises at your door

72-hour appraisal period

All our guitars come with an appraisal period meaning easy returns if you’re not satisfied