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Guillaume Rancourt

‘’Focused on providing professional Lutherie services, my goal is to make unique pieces that vibrate by innovating in a world where multiple factors can affect the conception of a musical instrument. I always aim to build instruments that are very responsive, easy and fun to play, to help you free your inspirations!’’ –Guillaume Rancourt-

“My interest for guitar building and conception all started around the age of  7 or 8, when my grandfather brought a roughly shaped, handmade, spray painted red stratocaster, built for me out of leftover hardwood flooring and completed with dental floss strings!! ’’ says Guillaume…

” The main inspiration for my passion of fine art instruments began with this guitar: a custom made Classical Guitar my father had ordered from José Ramirez III, in 1974, in Madrid, Spain

A wonderful , warm yet clear toned, balanced and powerful instrument that me and my sister had the chance to learn to play the guitar on at a young age… My father, Guy, is always so passionate about how he describes that instrument, his intimiate relation with it and the way he chose it and bought it… the 7 different types of woods on it, and how it still smells so good with the mix of India rosewood & Western Red Cedar in the body… It was and still is a Masterpiece to me, the guitar i looked up to when i wanted to achieve that tone that brings me all these wonderful childhood memories”

Guillaume spent many years observing and helping his grandfather around the shop in his basement in Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada. ‘’He taught me all i needed to know to sparked my interest for inventions and innovations; modifying electronics and repairing phones and TV’s. He has taught me how to work with woods in their full potential and to the best of his knowledge. Teaching me to cut with the band saw, to make jigs to achieve certain patterns and models’’

It’s around the age of 13 that Guillaume made his first Electric Guitar, a Hand Carved Les Paul! ‘’My dad brought me to the woodshop downtown and he got me to choose the Honduran Mahogany Blanks I needed, a fingerboard and a Hardrock Maple top for the project’’.

Helped by his high school Technical-Science teacher, Serge Ricard,Guillaume got his first chance to get his hands on his own handmade guitar, which fuelled an instant attraction for the art and passion of building and repairing musical instruments.

A few years later, after working in a toxic chemical environment, finishing kitchen cabinets, he contracted a serious illness that nearly killed him. Guillaume decided to make changes in his lifestyle, to do what he loves during these extra days that were given to him ever since. He decided he would give his passion more importance and prioritize his efforts towards his goal: learning the secrets of the art. He commenced living off of the wonderful art of Guitar making.

17 years later, Guillaume’s passion is still burning, and he has elevated his art of instrument making to a new level. He is in the process of protecting some of the finest innovations added to his Acoustic Archtop Guitars and is surrounding himself with the best electronic parts and hardware makers out here. Guillaume is always looking to perfect his knowledge of both past and modern techniques and secrets that can help his creations resonate even more strongly with musicians.

Always with many custom projects on his bench, and an increasing number of artists creating beautiful tones with his instruments, Rancourt Guitars is an instrument maker with a growing presence on the international level, with bright hopes for the future!

He mixes science to the centuries old tradition of musical instrument making and tries to perfect his guitars acoustical properties each time. 

“Hand making custom musical instruments is my major passion and taking care of your guitar and bass is always an exciting challenge as well.”

Guillaume Rancourt, Canadian Archtop Guitar Maker