Luthier

G.R. Bear

Luthier
Rye Bear
Location
Vancouver
Founded
2014

At 15 Rye apprenticed with master classical guitar builder Graham Caldersmith.  

During the seven year apprenticeship under Graham he learned the fundamental ways in which to achieve physical aspects of the guitars sound, balance from bass to treble, clarity, sustain, projection and power that holds very evenly as you play up the neck. Rye now crafts only a handful of unique custom guitars per year, utilizing modern bracing techniques, acoustic resonance tuning, meticulous engineering and a clean defined aesthetic.

“There is always room for improvement, discovery, evolution and I feel pretty lucky to be able to do this as my career.”

Rye utilizes Australian native timbers such as Blackwood, Gidgee, Mulga, Desert Leopard Wood and Brigalow for their unique aesthetic, amazing mechanical properties and one of a kind tonal character. Every aspect of the Instruments Rye builds is tailored to creating a guitar with an open, full and rich acoustic palette that is inspiring for the musician.

I've thoroughly enjoyed working with the team at The North American Guitar. They've given me great creative freedom to build instruments that I'm genuinely excited about, let me push the boundaries acoustically, experiment with design and let me take my instruments to the next level. I'm extremely pleased to be working alongside them

Rye Bear

The Guitars

Models

SJ

The largest guitar in the G.R Bear Range. A powerful, rich guitar, with great volume.

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


Dimensions
Lower Bout
398mm
Upper Bout
284mm
Waist
235mm
Depth at Tail
120mm
Depth at Neck
95mm
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka, Engelmann Spruce or Western Red Cedar
Back & Sides
Mahogany, Wenge, Padauk or Indian Rosewood
Binding
Rocklite, Rosewood or Australian Blackwood
Rosette
Burl or Wood Ring
Bridge
Natural or stained Padauk
Fingerboard
Macassar Ebony
Neck
Honduras Mahogany
Headstock
Solid
Headstock Face
Burl, Ebony or matching b&s
Tuners
Gotoh 510's
Nut Width
Custom
Frets to body
Custom
Purfling
B/W/B
Finish
High Gloss or Matte UV Poly
Case
Deluxe Hardcase

OM

The versatile OM shape within the GR Bear range. Perfect for the fingerstyle player and long playing periods.

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

Dimensions
Lower Bout
383mm
Upper Bout
282mm
Waist
234mm
Depth at Tail
113mm
Depth at Neck
90mm
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka, Engelmann Spruce or Western Red Cedar
Back & Sides
Mahogany, Wenge, Padauk or Indian Rosewood
Binding
Rocklite, Rosewood or Australian Blackwood
Rosette
Burl or Wood Ring
Bridge
Natural or stained Padauk
Fingerboard
Macassar Ebony
Neck
Honduras Mahogany
Headstock
Solid
Headstock Face
Burl, Ebony or matching b&s
Tuners
Gotoh 510's
Nut Width
Custom
Frets to body
Custom
Purfling
B/W/B
Finish
High Gloss or Matte UV Poly
Case
Deluxe Hardcase

Grand 00

The Grand 00 is Rye's models. Voiced larger than typical for an instrument of this size. It has a full, rich and voluminous sound that has beautiful clarity and projection in the trebles and a bass that is not over powering but still very present and rich. 

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

Dimensions
Lower Bout
362mm
Upper Bout
262mm
Waist
217mm
Depth at Tail
102mm
Depth at Neck
90mm
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka, Engelmann Spruce or Western Red Cedar
Back & Sides
Mahogany, Wenge, Padauk or Indian Rosewood
Binding
Rocklite, Rosewood or Australian Blackwood
Rosette
Burl or Wood Ring
Bridge
Natural or stained Padauk
Fingerboard
Macassar Ebony
Neck
Honduras Mahogany
Headstock
Solid
Headstock Face
Burl, Ebony or matching b&s
Tuners
Gotoh 510's
Nut Width
Custom
Frets to body
Custom
Purfling
B/W/B
Finish
High Gloss or Matte UV Poly
Case
Deluxe Hardcase

Super Parlour

The newest and smallest model offered by G.R Bear guitars. A compact, comfortable instrument, which doesn't lack volume and sustain.

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

Dimensions
Lower Bout
338mm
Upper Bout
243mm
Waist
202mm
Depth at Tail
95mm
Depth at Neck
86mm
Standard specifications
Top
Sitka, Engelmann Spruce or Western Red Cedar
Back & Sides
Mahogany, Wenge, Padauk or Indian Rosewood
Binding
Rocklite, Rosewood or Australian Blackwood
Rosette
Burl or Wood Ring
Bridge
Natural or stained Padauk
Fingerboard
Macassar Ebony
Neck
Honduras Mahogany
Headstock
Solid
Headstock Face
Burl, Ebony or matching b&s
Tuners
Gotoh 510's
Nut Width
Custom
Frets to body
Custom
Purfling
B/W/B
Finish
High Gloss or Matte UV Poly
Case
Deluxe Hardcase

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