- acoustic guitars
Dennis Scannell founded his luthiery business in 1994, focusing on high-quality steel stringed acoustic guitars. A graduate of MIT, Scannell had worked as a master woodworker and product engineer, before he studied guitar making with Charles Fox in 1995. He launched the True North Guitars brand at the 1999 Healdsburg Guitar Festival. His instruments feature graceful, elegant lines tied together with a unified design sensibility throughout. Typical features and options of True North acoustic guitars include ergonomic side-tapered bodies, contoured Venetian cutaways, hand-voiced radiused soundboards with scalloped braces and sculpted x-brace joints, fast graphite-reinforced necks, bound fingerboards with semi-hemispherical frets, extended scales, asymmetrical headstocks, and Green Heart abalone trim.