|Linda - Jean - Jimmy|
Manzer is a Canadian master luthier who studied under Jean Larrivée from 1974 to 1978. She also studied with Jimmy D’Aquisto and learned the art of building archtop guitars.
|Metheny with Pikasso|
She also worked on the 30 Guitar "Metheny-Manzer Signature 6" project - a special limited edition celebrating 30 years of working and designing over 25 instruments for Pat Metheny.
She also builds a 52 string model that she calls The Medusa.
In addition to those guitars, Metheny also has several baritone guitars which she designed. He plays these instruments exclusively on his album One Quiet Night. This work also features his Manzer Pikasso.
Linda currently only builds 12 to 18 instruments per year in her Toronto, Ontario workshop and has a wait list of several years.
Details, including peg head veneer and inlay, abalone neck inlays, binding, kerfing, bracing and abalone sound hole rosettes which are carefully formed and placed by the hands of Manzer. Flat tops are made of European Spruce, back and sides are Indian Rosewood and the bridges and finger boards are constructed of Ebony.
All of her archtop guitars are hand carved and made of a combination of Curly Maple and European Spruce.
For electrifying Flat tops, Linda’s choice is a Fishman under-the-saddle piezo pickup. She also is fond of AMT microphones, placed in the guitar. She uses Kent Armstrong pickups on her archtop models
I love what I do. The most important thing to me is that the player is inspired by the guitar and plays it."
If you have the money, contact her at her website for a custom built instrument.