meet your luthier
I have been building instruments since 1991
It all started with a course taught by maestro Michael Dunn who learned his craft in Spain under maestros Jose Orti and Jose Ferrer. This was an amazing experience. I learned to build guitars using hand tools and still
use these skills today.
From 1995 to 2005, I worked with Paul Iverson on instrument repairs. I explored thousands of beautiful instruments and have seen all kinds of old guitars. I studied how they were built and braced and learned what structurally works well. Many people are on that search for the instrument of their dreams; my goal is to help people realize those dreams.
Oliver builds many different styles of custom guitars including acoustic and electric versions of each. His baritone guitars are exquisitely rich sounding and have a surprising playability given that they are typically
a larger scale than a regular size acoustic.
One of his past commissions for a baritone was made for and used on an album by Sarah McLachlan. The sound of this guitar was a full, warm low end, with a sparkling top and great sustain. It’s a dark, creamy tone that plays in a room as well as it records to tape.
Other interesting instruments in the Specht catalog include the Parlor guitars, Flamencos, Nylon Jazz series, Terz guitars, and highly specified custom classical and large-bodied steel string guitars. There’s a unique flavor in each of these specimens, not only in their place in the guitar family, but in the execution of the build.
From the choice of woods, finish and curves, to the fantastic joinery; a custom Specht will dazzle and inspire for many years. Check out the guitar pages and then read the kind words on the Reviews page. Thanks for visiting Specht Guitars!
The best thing about my job is being able to talk with people and have us work together to bring their dream guitar to life.
1991-1993 - Studied guitar building with Michael Dunn at Douglas College. Started my own business, Specht Guitars.
1994 - Studied cabinet-making and woodworking at BCIT.
1995-2005 - Repaired musical instruments with Paul Iverson at Calder Music and at Tom Lee Music. Also repaired for Deep Cove Music.
2005-2011 - Designed and built various electric and acoustic guitars, basses and baritone guitars. Also exhibited at the Montreal Guitar Show.
2011-2018 - Repaired and serviced guitars for Long & McQuade Nanaimo.