Luthier, San Diego, Ca
I was born in Winnipeg, Canada a long time ago. I have been building
guitars since 1985. I was a land surveyor for a private engineering
company in San Diego.
I became interested in classical guitar as a kid in high school and have
remained faithful to that interest my entire adult life.
I have built 156 guitars so far. (Oct, 2020). Since my retirement
from civil engineering 13 years ago I have built about 8 to 10 guitars
per year. I have tried virtually every technique that I observed to be
successful by other luthiers. The consensus is to do whatever works
best for the luthier and work hard at refining your skills and
technique. I have worked hard at it and loved every minute of it.
I am proud of my guitars and I am very fortunate to be able to do this
I have built many guitars that have played on big stages by prominent
players. Most of my work is in the hands of dedicated students in
colleges, universities and conservatories.
I have succeeded with 7 string, 8 string, 11 string alto and 4 string.
A lot of my guitars are cutaway design built for jazz guitarists.
Good luck to you in your guitar pursuits.
Dianne and I have been married since 1972. I am a very lucky man.”
- Extracted from Len’s website
My first offering from Len was a touch surprising, as the guitar is very good, well crafted, with elegant appointments. The guitar has an excellent voice, softly created, with gutty power and lyrical nature.
Please see my latest offerings from Len Laviolette here