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McKeil marine

Behind the Build

This custom guitar was modelled after traditional mahogany and cedar strip boats to honour the roots of this Canadian tug boat company. The guitar top is cedar with, the back and sides are mahogany and it is finished off with chrome hardware and pinstriped binding. The pin-striping is carried through the back of the neck and into the headstock as well to capture the classic design of wooden boats.

MicMac was the name of McKeil Marine's first tug boat and its name is proudly engraved into the cedar top.

There is a compass rose inlayed on the finger board pointing toward the north star  on the third fret and the fretboard itself is  a two-toned ebony. The natural transition between the heartwood and sapwood mirrors a horizon line on the open water.

About McKeil Marine

Operating in the maritime sector in Canada since 1956, McKeil Marine is one of the country's leading marine service providers. 


Mohawk College

Behind the Build

This guitar was built in 2017 to honour the College's 50th Anniversary by capturing words and phrases from students, staff and alumni  that best summarized their Mohawk experience. These words and phrases were collected through a number of focus groups, arranged by our graphic designer and printed onto the top of the guitar. The back of the guitar was finished in one of the signature colours found in the Mohawk College logo.

About Mohawk

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology is a public college of applied located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Complete COUntry

Behind the Build

The complete country acoustic guitar was crated for the Toronto Festival of Beer Weekend where performers Brett Kissel, Hunter Brothers and Blackie Jackett Jr performed on the Complete Country stage in downtown Toronto. The performers autographed the guitar and it was raffled off to one lucky member of the audience.

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Complete Country is the #1 online source for country music news, chats, contests & behind-the-scenes action with your favourite country stars!


Puddicombe Ciderfest

Behind the Build

Puddicombe Estates is a family farm, winery and cider company located in Winona, Ontario. For many years the family opened up their home to the public to put on a fundraising concert in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Canada and Cithara Guitars was proud to create a custom guitar for each year to assist with the fundraising efforts.

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Established in 1797 Puddicombe Estates has grown over the years to include a country market, winery, cider company, fruit orchards and family  farm.


Burlington SOund of music

Behind the Build

The acoustic guitar created for this festival was raffled off on social media after being autographed by the main stage performers ranging from country, and rock, to jazz and blues. 

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Sound of Music has exploded in size since it’s modest beginnings in 1980 as a marching band parade. Operating as a not-for-profit corporation, the organization stages Canada's Largest Free Music Festival every year in June. 


Lucknow Music In The Feilds

Behind the Build

Incorporating  the festival colours and logos we have completed 3 versions of the guitar over the years for the annucal festival in August, The first two were electric the third was acoustic. The logo was CNC'd into the top and the remainder of the face of the guitar was left open for space for the artists to autograph. Throughout the course of the weekend performeres signed the guitar and the street team sold tickets. The money raised supported the Kinsmen Club of Lucknow. 

This unique Music Festival is put on by the Kinsmen Club in the small town of Lucknow Ontario to raise funds for many local charities and organizations. Cithara Guitars has been a proud partner for many years and created both electric and acoustic guitars over the duration of our partnership. 

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Lucknow's Music in the Fields is an exciting country music festival tailored for friends and family in authentic, small-town, rural Ontario.

100% of all proceeds are donated to the on-going fight against Cystic Fibrosis and to fund organizations and charities in our community.



Behind the Build

The iconic midnight blue, and jet black BMW colours were incorporated into this guitar along side the halo headlight design (fret markers) to capture the feel of a BMW. The F hole design mirrors the Hofmeister Kink, an iconic element of the BMW rear side window design. On the back of the guitar we laser engraved the logo of the dealership that sponsored the guitar. 

This model was donated by BMW to support scholarships and bursary's for students entering post secondary through a lively  live auction at the Marshall Family's annual event in Hamilton.

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You could ask just about anyone what they think of the BMW brand and the answer you’ll most likely hear is ‘quality’. That alone means they must be doing something right. It takes many years of consistency and proving yourself to create such an image in the eyes of the general public.