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New Wood: Granadillo

While visiting one of my favourite wood shops a while back I came across some stunning Flamed Granadillo. This wood was incredible with an amazing curly figure throughout combined with a contrasting figured white sapwood along the edge.
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New Wood: Bocote

From the first time I saw Bocote wood I was struck by it’s rich beauty. I find the colours both warm and brilliant. The contrast of the golden amber and the darker grain lines was beautifully striking.
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Harp Guitar!

2 1/2 years ago Don Ross approached me asking if I would consider taking on a Harp Guitar project. Though my first inclination was to run as fast as I could in the opposite direction, I soon warmed up to the idea and was pretty excited about the challenge involved.
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Marc Beneteau

Born in Windsor, Ontario, and growing up next to the large musical centre of Detroit, I early on developed an eclectic taste in music.
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Ziricote OM

Ziricote is a beautiful tonewood with landscape-like geometric patterns. Possessing a tone similar to Rosewood but perhaps a bit darker in keeping with it's 'Gothic' look, each piece is a true visual treat. Check out some images of Zizicote guitars in our gallery section.

Since 1974

In 1974 I opened my first shop in Ottawa, Ontario. Since that time it has been my passion to understand the mystery and intricacies of building the perfect acoustic guitar. Each instrument is hand made using only the finest tonewods and the accumulated skills that only years of experience can bring. Every guitar is a challenge filled with variances and nuance. It is for this reason that I work alone, carefully ensuring the highest standards throughout every step of the way.

Chosen by two time North American Fingerstyle Champion Don Ross, world renowned Celtic guitarist, Tony McManus as well as top players, Craig D'Andrea, David Gillis, Paul Asbell, Del Vezeau, and Ray Montford, my guitars have long enjoyed a reputation for the highest standards of workmanship and tonal excellence.

Realizing that building a guitar is often a collaborative project between builder and player, I welcome the opportunity to work with you in turning your dream into reality. Personal service has long been an important part of my approach and I fully appreciate the fact that a satisfied customer is the best possible advertising.

I feel fortunate indeed to follow a career that I would gladly have as a hobby. This is a rare privilege and I am thankful for the opportunity to do what I love best, build acoustic guitars.

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  • Marc Bio

    In 1974, two things occurred that changed my life. I decided that I didn’t want to make a living at music, and I met the Canadian guitar maker Jean Larriveé.

  • Artists

    This is where you will find excellent artists that have chosen to play Beneteau guitars.

  • Models

    With eleven body styles to choose from and a wide range of options, there is a Beneteau model to suit every musical style and taste.