Everyone in Kannaway nation already knows that hemp rocks. But thanks to a company in Canada who is breaking new ground with hemp materials-there is now conclusive proof that hemp does truly rock.
Alder, ash, maple, korina and rosewood are some of the most common and sought after woods for guitar construction. The problem is, as Henry Ford pointed out, those forests take decades to replenish. Swamp ash requires 30 years to mature enough to be used for a guitar. And in the case of the endangered Brazilian rosewood, some worry that the forests will never be replenished.
Enter Canadian Hemp Guitars. Canadian Hemp Guitars creates their instruments from a hemp materials and composites. On their website they state that their’s is “…a new approach to guitar making that rewards the player and respects the planet.”
The guitars are made by master luthier Boyd Pellow. Mr. Pellow co-founded the company with friend and professional musician Stewart Burrows. He designs and builds his instruments in a 200 year old barn in rural Quebec. He bases his designs off of American guitars of the 1950’s and 60’s.
One of Canadian Hemp Guitars models
The guitars have a naturally beautiful look. They are earthy in color and feature a Les Paul-esque shape with an almost straight “Maccaferri” style cutaway giving one full access to 25.5” scale neck. The guitars are semi-hollow which gives the tone body and sustain.
Their process uses a center ‘sustain’ block made of pressed hemp (bast) back, sides and top. The company states that hemp is a powerful tone material, similar to ash and maple.
As company co-founder Stewart Burrows states they are “players guitars.” Although they are made for people who “think outside the box” they are not gimmicks-they are the real deal. And the guitars are, relatively speaking, very affordable. The MSRP is $1600, but you can likely find one for $1350 at a guitar store or head shop that sells them.
Find out more about Canadian Hemp Guitars here
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