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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 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 standards.

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Guitar Line

Specialized in custom creation, I offer a line of instruments that have been developed jointly with seasoned and passionate musicians.

It is important for me to feel and understand the instruments that I make for my clients in order to provide them with the best possible tool so that they can express themselves.

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 surprisingly powerful output level. 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…

Azad

This classically inspired nylon string guitar is designed for the modern guitarist. From its ergonomic characteristics to its finish, it is the “crossover” instrument that will appeal to lovers of nylon strings guitars. view more…

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…

Manouchka nylon

Based on the shape and ergonomics of my Manouchka metal string model, this nylon jazz guitar is tailored for jazz music and swing in particular. view more…

Hybrid archtop

This hybrid archtop was developed for Christine Tassan, a Montreal jazzwoman who needed an acoustic jazz instrument capable of being amplified on stage without any feedback problem and which was ergonomically better suited to her. view more…

Octave

The octave mandolin is an instrument of the mandolin family but with a longer string length (scale). The model shown here has a vibrating string length of 20 inches which allows the instrument to be tuned an octave lower than the traditional mandolin. 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. If you choose to order one of my guitars your instrument will be the outcome of our close collaboration. 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. In order to reach the best sound quality possible I handpick every single piece of wood that I use in the making of a guitar. 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 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 10 years guarantee which covers every defects of material and workmanship (some conditions apply).

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