Hand Crafted Acoustic Guitars from North Vancouver, since 1985.

Hand-made, since 1985

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by one pair of hands, in a shop at the foot of a mountain,
walking distance from the sea. 

 

Watch David at work in the Morgan shop.

Welcome to Morgan. The continuing story of a great guitar-making tradition that stretches over 150 years, from 1860s Madrid to a small workshop on Canada’s rugged west coast.

 

Since 1985, guitar builder David Iannone has upheld the rich traditions of a long line of expert craftsmen. It’s a tireless search for the finest materials and the endless pursuit of a peerless attention to detail. An intricate dance of consciousness, technique, and effort – using knowledge only gained by decades of experience. The result is superior handcrafted instruments sought by discerning musicians worldwide. Fewer than 50 guitars a year emerge from his shop. Each one hand-signed by the maker himself, a personal process that guarantees unmatched beauty and uncompromising sound.

In a world where so much is made by heartless robots, it’s comforting to know each Morgan is made by a caring set of experienced human hands – and deeply connected to the guitars, guitarists and guitar makers that came before it.

So get your own hands on a Morgan. Become part of our story.

David and Jean Larrivée on a boom boat some years ago, going out to walk on some Sitka logs to inspect them for possible guitar top wood. 

David and Jean Larrivée on a boom boat some years ago, going out to walk on some Sitka logs to inspect them for possible guitar top wood. 

Moench eventually moves to Canada and settles in Toronto. It's there he meets and trains a young French Canadian man, Jean  Larrivée, who becomes a seminal figure in the Canadian guitar building industry. 

In the late 1970's, wishing to have a shop near the large Sitka spruce forests of BC, Jean moves to Victoria, where a couple years later, he meets David Iannone, who becomes his last traditional apprentice. 

In 1985, David begins to design and build his own guitars and by his own hands Morgan Guitars is born. 

He names his company after his first child, after the sleek beauty of the Morgan thoroughbred horse, and true to the locale of the workshop, in Welsh, Morgan means "work by the sea." 

Our Lineage 

Our story is one of a great, classical guitar-making tradition, stretching back 150 years. It starts in 1870's Madrid, in the workshop of master builder Francisco Gonzales, who takes on a 12-year-old apprentice named Jose Ramirez

Ramirez quickly excels in his craft and perfects his own technique and develops a means of efficiently producing high quality guitars. This leads to the founding of the great Ramirez guitar making dynasty. 

His son, Jose Ramirez II, is born with his father's love of the instrument. He spends his youth touring South America with his guitar. 

Returning to Spain, he too learns to build and passes his knowledge, experience, innovations and love of the art to Marcello Barbero

Soon after WWII , Barbero accepts Edgar Moench from Germany as an apprentice. 

David's firstborn and the business' namesake clutching his own creation made out of a block of cedar for guitar tops. The young Morgan added tuners and nails himself to hold the strings down. 

David's firstborn and the business' namesake clutching his own creation made out of a block of cedar for guitar tops. The young Morgan added tuners and nails himself to hold the strings down. 

 
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Our GUITARS

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D Series

The D stands for dreadnought. Before it became a guitar style it was a battleship. Strong, hardworking, dependable –and the potential to make a big bang. You also can't help but look at it in awe when one is in your harbour.

C Series

The C stands for concert. They look good. They sound even better. These are the guitars people buy tickets to watch and listen to. Their balance and versatility will take you from Joe's Café to the Royal Albert Hall.

OO Series

People were a little smaller back in the 1800s when the OO size was developed. Lucky for us. Their legacy is this compact guitar that's surprisingly loud and extremely easy to play. It's also as portable as your songs –allowing you to write and record anywhere that seems right. 

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