Garren Dakessian of Oakville, Ontario, makes some of the most extraordinary-sounding acoustic guitars I’ve ever heard. He brought over a guitar he made for Serj Tankian of System of a Down over to the house and strummed a couple of chords. Wow.
Garren–under the guise of Loucin Guitars–has created instruments for Alex Lifeson, Zakk Wylde, Sammy Hagar, Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch) and others. He just sent me this video of him working at the shop.
The man also builds a mean fireplace mantle (he did one for me; I don’t play guitar, so…)