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William 'Grit' Laskin

William ‘Grit’ Laskin – since 1971, builder of performance level Steel-String, Flamenco and Classical guitars. Players of his guitars include Tom Chapin, k.d.lang, Jessie Cook, Ottmar Liebert, Tom Cochrane, Lillebjorn Nilsen, guitarmaker Bill Collings and Martin Guitars’ Dick Boak.
Grit received Canada’s highest award for craft, the Saidye Bronfman Award For Excellence. He has also been awarded the Order Of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour both for his innovative contribution to guitarmaking and Canada’s music community. He is the originator of the Armrest and Ribrest body beveling, is co-originator of the Sideport Soundhole, is world-renowned for his groundbreaking Inlay Art. His new book, GRAND COMPLICATIONS will be premiered at the 2016 HGGS.

The Holy Grail Guitar show has quickly become one of the pre-eminent shows for luthiers in the western world. It’s a chance for me as a Canadian to meet and share ideas with my European counterparts, and also show my work to a whole new set of players.