Each bio below could easily begin with “the most incredible guitarist you have ever heard”. We have been very fortunate to create instruments for these brilliant artists. Each instrument was crafted to their very specific requirements.
Alex Lifeson is the legendary guitarist for the band RUSH. We could stop right there – because that alone is a powerful statement of true brilliance and virtuosity. But we won’t, because this is ALEX LIFESON!!! The man has created some of the greatest guitar-based songs, riffs and solos ever written. He is 1/3 of the most successful Canadian music group in history; A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; a bonafide guitar legend; and a really down-to-earth, awesome person. A lesser-known fact about Alex is that he is one of about 3 guitarists on the planet that can make Loucin Founder Garren Dakessian scream like a little girl when he walks into the room. We are thrilled, honoured & floored to be hand-crafting a custom Loucin LD for Alex’s personal collection.
Guitarist/composer Jamie Dupuis was born May, 1990 in New Liskeard ON Canada. He recorded his first studio album “Inspired by a Dream” in 2011. He has won an international scholarship competition in Hollywood, placing first out of 1000 competitors in the “full Ride Scholarship, 2011” at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Also, he is a graduate from Cambrian college in Classical guitar performance, studying under Philip Candelaria. He has won 2nd place in an international competition called Six String Theory and 1st place in the country category,which is held by Lee Ritenour. Jamie has since established himself as a known musician/teacher in Northern Ontario.
He is the multi-platinum Red Rocker, the outgoing, bombastic front man of hard rock champions Van Halen, the man who won’t drive 55, member in good standing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, currently embarked on his fourth platinum career with his supergroup, Chickenfoot – the one and only Sammy Hagar. We are extremely honoured to create a one of a kind Red Rocker guitar.
Loucin guitars is proud to announce our newest artist/client. Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner! He has chosen our LD model which somes standard with “The Slant” armrest. His model wil also have our SS cutaway, custom inlay and an EMG pickup. Richie has requested Ziricote for his back & sides with Mother of Pearl purfling, and a curly Sitka top. Progress photos will be posted on Facebook & Twitter!
“THIS GUITAR IS A PIECE OF ART. PLAYABILITY, TONE AND PERSONALITY IN ONE BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF WORKMANSHIP.” – richie faulkner
Loucin Guitars is proud to announce that we are creating a second custom Loucin guitar for Black Label Society founder and former Ozzy Osbourne lead guitarist, Zakk Wylde!! His guitar will be based on the Loucin LD model with some signature customizations that you will have to see to believe. Follow us on Facebook. Twitter and our Soundboard page to see the step-by-step progress of this incredible guitar.
Phil is the secret weapon behind the awesome sound you hear on albums by Daughtry, Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Adam Lambert, Rob Zombie and many, many others. He has also toured with Aldo Nova, Frozen Ghost, Triumph and has his own band “The Drills” who perform regularly in the LA area. Phil is now a permanent member of the band Bon Jovi. If you get a chance to see him play live, it will change your life! Phil needs to have a range of guitars that can achieve a wide variety of sounds at any given moment. He chose a Koa Loucin LD to compliment his playing style.
“THIS GUITAR SOUNDS AMAZING! I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED BY THE TONE & HOW IT PLAYED. I COULD HAVE STAYED IN THAT ROOM & WRITTEN 100 SONGS.” – phil x
Jason is the lead guitarist in Five Finger Death Punch. He has also recorded and toured with Alice Cooper, Vince Neil and many others. His technique is drenched with incredible feel and picking precision beyond comprehension. He is a perfectionist in the most positive sense of the word and worked closely with us every step of the way as we created his custom AD-100 Baritone guitar.
“I LOOK FOR 4 THINGS IN A GUITAR – SOLID TUNING,
PERFECT INTONATION, SMOOTH ACTION AND INCREDIBLE TONE. LOUCIN GUITARS HAVE ALL THOSE QUALITIES AND MORE. I LOVE THIS GUITAR!” – jason hook
Serj is the front-man and song writing force behind System of a Down. When we learned that Serj shared the same Armenian background as Loucin Founder Garren Dakessian, we wanted to create a custom guitar for him that was international like Tankian, a Lebanese-born Armenian residing in Southern California and New Zealand. We chose a tonal wood native to California: Curly Claro Walnut for the back and sides, Canadian Sitka Spruce (bear-claw) for the top, and for the appointments around the perimeter and on the headstock, Paua Abalone shell from New Zealand. The result was just like his music – spectacular, original and with lots of depth and character.
“AN EXTREMELY WELL DESIGNED AND ADORNED ACOUSTIC GUITAR WITH RICH RESONANT TONES AND GREAT ACTION.”
– serj tankian
Rob is an incredibly versatile and eclectic guitarist stylistically. He has made his mark on the contemporary instrumental jazz world with multiple Top 10 U.S Billboard charting songs and was voted 2010 Canadian Contemporary Jazz Guitarist of the Year. Also in 2007 Rob won the Mississauga Established Performing Artist of the Year award joining the likes of Jazz legend Oscar Peterson and Triumph’s Rik Emmett. Rob’s work can be heard on his brand new 4th CD “Limitless” out now on iTunes and Amazon and at www.robtardik.com. Rob took time out of his busy performing/touring schedule to write and record the sound bytes on our “GUITARS” page – thanks Rob! Rob used a Loucin LD on 2 tracks for his last CD called “B.E.L.L” (Balance, Energy, Laughter, Love). – make sure to pick up a copy and check it out.
“LOUCIN GUITARS ARE A TRUE PLAYER’S INSTRUMENT! EXPERTLY CRAFTED. BALANCED TONE WITH ALL THE SUBTLETIES AND NUANCES FOR FINGER STYLE COUPLED WITH POWER AND DEPTH FOR STRUMMING WITH SUSTAIN THAT LASTS FOR DAYS!” – rob tardik