Opus 24 - Baroque Guitar

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    This guitar is based on a traditional model; the decorative alternating strips on the back of the instrument probably date it to the early eighteenth century. The Arab-style rose consists of seven superimposed layers of finely cut-out parchment. Carved on a piece of ivory at the base of the neck is the inscription "M. Dunn R. Nurse 1971."

      Baroque Guitar - CMC 74-131/S74-1182/CD94-155
    Baroque Guitar
    By Michael Dunn and Ray Nurse
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Spruce, mansonia, maple, parchment,
    ebony, gut, nylon
    Overall length: 93.5 cm;
    body: 44.5 x 24.5 cm;
    sides: 8 cm

    Opus 25 and 26
    Steel-String Guitars

    These steel-string folk guitars are designed to accompany singing. The fourteen-fret neck appeared in the late 1920s to facilitate the transition from the banjo to the guitar for musicians who played both instruments. Metal-string guitars have existed since the seventeenth century. The modern six-string guitar dates from the mid-nineteenth century, when the famous C.F. Martin company began manufacturing it in the United States.

    The instruments shown here represent William Laskin's début as a professional luthier in the 1970s.

      Steel-String Guitar - 
CMC 74-129.1-2/S74-2318/CD94-161
    Steel-String Guitar
    By William Laskin
    Toronto, Ontario
    Rosewood, cedar, Canadian maple, spruce, abalone, holly, Honduran mahogany, metal, ivory, ebony, steel
    Overall length: 103.5 cm;
    body: 50 x 40 cm;
    sides: 10.5 cm
    Label: "William Laskin luthier Toronto 73".
    They are signed "Grit Laskin."


    William Laskin

    Robert Barclay Video Excerpt
    William Laskin
    Toronto, Ontario

    William Laskin is an accomplished luthier as well as a guitarist and composer. His numerous activities attest to his great interest in all facets of the luthier's craft. He has organized two major exhibitions on instrument making and has given several talks and demonstration workshops. He is the author of The World of Musical Instrument Makers: A Guided Tour, which focuses on instrument makers in the Toronto area, and he is the director of the Associated String Instrument Artisans. In 1971, at the age of eighteen, he met luthier Jean-Claude Larrivée, who agreed to take him on as an apprentice in his workshop. Laskin gave his undivided attention to this new passion and opened his own workshop two years later. To date, he has made over 450 instruments, including acoustic, classical and flamenco guitars, and instruments of the mandolin family. Many of his instruments belong to renowned musicians. William Laskin is also noted for the marquetry and elaborate inlays that adorn his guitars.

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