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The story of Finlayson guitars begins with Scottish master luthier Billy Finlayson

An accomplished and tour-hardened guitarist, Finlayson began his lifelong affair with guitars playing in various punk bands throughout Europe and the UK. Always able to look after and mend his guitars on the road, Billy evolved his love of altering and fixing his own guitars into a more long term proposition: namely a comprehensive, hands-on education at both Glasgow’s Anniesland College and London’s Guild Hall University where he achieved a distinguished degree in Stringed Instrument Making.

Billy has spent the years since working on countless guitars in his own highly regarded repair shop; he has performed guitar-tech duties for several top touring bands, guested as a highly regarded Blues soloist on many records and has also hand built several high-end bespoke acoustic instruments for some of the country’s finest musicians. Now, with the advent of Finlayson guitars, he has achieved the lifetime dream of being at the centre of a full new range of marvellous guitars.


This new and exclusive line of acoustic guitars has been designed from the ground up by Billy Finlayson in collaboration with world-renowned luthier and entrepreneur Robert Godin

The initial meeting of these two men brought an instant rapport through mutual respect and a shared ambition to make excellent quality instruments at realistic prices. After a few long and satisfying talks, they agreed to approach the subject of Finlayson guitars together as a team. Both Robert and Billy are excited to be working together and both are confident that this new range of Finlayson guitars offers expertise, taste, value and passion.


These guitars are all hand made in Godin’s facilities in Canada by dedicated artisans using wood sourced from Canada and the US. Robert and Billy share the same passion and commitment to every part of the acoustic guitar making process and aim to make Finlayson guitars a range of guitars like no other: Godin do not make guitars for anybody else, so this special pairing of talents is an unprecedented move that is sure to ignite interest from all quarters of the guitar playing community worldwide. With a range that includes Parlour guitars, nylon string models and all-solid Concert models with luxurious finishes and Fishman pickup systems, Finlayson guitars offer plenty to get excited about.

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