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Théo Kazourian, guitar luthier

My name is Théo Kazourian, I am a guitar luthier based in Montréal, Québec, Canada specialized in the handcrafting of gypsy guitars and steel string acoustic guitars.

I have an artisanal approach to the instruments I create, this means I am not trying to industrialize my process but rather trying to find more refined ways to create better acoustic guitars.

I therefore voluntarily limit the number of guitars I am building every year, to ensure the highest quality standard.

Guitar Line Up

My main guitar line up is composed of 4 acoustic guitars.

I have created this line up to cover different musical styles I’m attached to. It’s important for me to feel and understand the instruments I’m making for my customers in order to provide them the best guitar to express themselves.

Manouchka

Inspired by the famous Selmer-Maccaferri model, this petite bouche guitar is made with laminated sides and a solid wood back to provide a true « wooden » taste to the sound while keeping a big projection and power. view more…

Gypsy Parlor

Developed in collaboration with a professional musician, the goal with this nylon guitar was to combine the flavors of bossa nova and gypsy jazz in an easy-to-carry instrument. view more…

Orkestra Model

This model is a very versatile steel string guitar. With warm basses and balanced trebles, this instrument suits both the fingerstyle or struming player. view more…

The Petite

This O sized guitar is the perfect match for the blues fingerpicker. Its small body provides a warm and intimate sound with a surprising output level. view more…

Handcrafted Acoustic Guitars

Working alone and essentially by hand, I thrive in crafting genuine custom made guitars. Every single guitar that leaves my workshop is unique and is the result of the craftsmanship that I have developed as a guitar luthier. Your instrument will represent the close collaboration I intent to build when you chose to order one of my guitars. I use your input throughout the process to make sure that the final result will match the instrument you need. You don’t just buy a guitar, you participate to its creation.

I pride myself in using only top quality materials that I have personally selected. I handpick every single piece of wood that I use in the making of a guitar, to make honor to the instrument I’ll be building for you. All the wood I use is stored in a temperature and humidity controlled room and aged for several years.

Handcrafted Acoustic Guitars

Working alone and essentially by hand, I thrive in crafting genuine custom made guitars. Every single guitar that leaves my workshop is unique and is the result of the craftsmanship that I have developed as a guitar luthier. Your instrument is the result of the close collaboration I intent to build when you chose to acquire one of my guitar. I use your input throughout the process to make sure that the final result will match the instrument you envisioned. You don’t just buy a guitar, you participate in its creation.

I pride myself in using only top quality materials that I have personally selected. I handpick every single piece of wood that I use in the making of a guitar, to offer a variety of sounds and design. The wood is stored in a temperature and humidity controlled room and age for several years.

My process when taking a custom order

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Sound

The first aspect we discuss is the type of sound that you are expecting, covering from musical style to the tessitura of your instrument.

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Wood

I give you a full assessment on the choices of woods to understand their characteristics and how they will play in your final instrument.

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Ergonomy

Adapting specific elements such as the neck shape or scale length to make sure that you will feel comfortable playing this guitar for hours on.

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Design

The design is based on the guitar line up I have developed, modifications can be done to create an instrument that you will find unique.

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Electronic

I offer a choice of devices to be fitted on your guitar from piezzo sensors to internal microphones. Different external preamps are also in option.

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Guarantee

Your guitar comes with a full lifetime guarantee which covers every defects of material and workmanship (some conditions apply).

What our clients say

“The gypsy guitar that Theo custom made for me got an exceptional projection while maintaining a beautiful definition for the trebles and also warm basses. The finish is simply elegant. ”

Marc Wencelius , professional musician and producer

“My friends decided to offer me a “real” guitar made by a luthier for my 30 years anniversary… That’s how I met Theo.
From the first meeting I enjoyed the idea of ​​being able to create my own instrument accompanied by a real passionate.
We talked about what I wanted in terms of shape and sound. Thereafter Theo regularly sent me pictures of the building process so I was able to see gradually how the guitar was going. A few months later, I’ve received my instrument.
Since I’m playing it all the time… ”

Jérémie Dumont, owner of an « Orkestra Model » guitar.

“Being a frequent traveler, I was looking for a small, solid and light instrument that could accompany me. After having met Theo and tried several of his instruments, I asked him to take up a rather difficult challenge : to build a nylon strings parlor guitar who will allow me to play both bossa nova and gypsy music …
I am very happy with the result and never stop to wonder about the richness of the sound it produces,
round and precise bass, beautiful resonances in the midrange and warm and crystalline highs. That’s a guitar with many faces, with a strong projection for a small sized instrument. It’s got a good attack when played with a pick, and is intimist played with fingers.
The ergonomy is very nice, the right balance, the finish is harmonious  and the craft is flawless.
An absolutely unique instrument, congratulations and thank you Mr Theo.”

Silvano Mercado, French-Chilean musician based in Montreal

Contact Me

For any questions you may have regarding the guitars,

specifications, pricing or other please contact me.

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