Ryer Guitars

About Dave

I have always had a deep appreciation for fine woodworking, especially as it applies to musical instruments. In the late 1980s, I repaired stringed instruments for local music shops in Trenton and Belleville, Ontario and since the turn of the millennium, I have nurtured my soul while learning the art of crafting high quality, acoustic guitars.  Few names stand out at the pinnacle of their craft among their peers as does Canadian luthier, Sergei de Jonge. He is one of the best. I was fortunate to have acquired my initial training under Sergei in 2000 and again, years later, completed an extensive 2 year apprenticeship with Sergei. We have become good friends and it was an extraordinary experience during the 2 year apprentice that I will never forget.

I came to realize that there is no better way to live than to do what I have the passion for. Art and the craft of building something so beautifully majestic, rich in detail, technologically advanced and yet, so simple. The guitar, in all of its various forms, has been around for eons, so widely recognized and appreciated the world over and yet, there’s still so much to learn, so many nuances that make each guitar uniquely personal. I do not expect, nor want the learning to ever end. Guitar building is a life-long labour of love where the learning never stops.


Whether it be a classical, flamenco, steel stringed or a custom-designed guitar, each instrument will be unique, designed and built according to the desires of the player. Together, we will build a meticulously handcrafted instrument using the finest tone woods and the very best techniques to ensure every clients experience exceeds their expectations. That is the goal of DnA Ryer Guitars.

– David Ryer


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Posted: Nov 9 2015

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Sound of Caring Community Project

Posted: Sep 30 2015

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