The Luthier

Luis Mesquita - Luthier - Custom Guitars My name is Luis Alberto Feu de Mesquita and my ancestry goes back to Andalusia in the south of Spain where the modern guitar evolved. Coming from this region, I was exposed to the richness and passion of Flamenco from an early age, but the emergence of The Beatles drew me to the electric guitar. After subjecting my poor classical to several modifications, I decided to build my own guitar from the ground up.

I built that first guitar in my mid-teens and ended up making guitars for the other members of our band.  By age 18 I had already built and repaired several guitars, ultimately finding that construction was more fulfilling for me than playing.

After moving to Canada in 1970 to attend college I graduated as a mechanical engineer, began my career, married and had children. Throughout this entire period of time, I continued building and repairing guitars after work and on weekends. Later, life changing events made me realize that I needed to nourish my passion for building guitars and LFdM Guitars was born.

I subsequently undertook more formal training with master luthier Sergei de Jonge to further refine my skills. He was a wonderful teacher who encouraged exploration and I absorbed a great deal from Sergei and his entire family.

Engineering has contributed significantly to my approach and brought out the perfectionist in me. I prefer drafting and resolving ideas and challenges on paper first to ensure that the execution is very efficient and surprises are limited.

The result is that each of my guitars is not just hand-built with love and pride; they are also built with great precision in Greenwood, Ontario. They are unique masterpieces that reflect the individuality of their owners.