Linda Manzer in her workshop with The Blue Absynthe – 2022
Linda Manzer was born in Toronto, Canada and made her first guitar at age twelve. Manzer was able to follow her muse of woodworking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. While at that school, Manzer made a fateful visit to the studio of Canadian luthier, Jean Larrivée with whom she apprenticed under from 1974 to 1978 and sparked her creative inspiration to quit art school and dedicate herself to lutherie.
In 1978, Manzer decided to set up her own guitar making shop, and four years later in 1982 met the legendary guitarist Pat Metheny, sparking a lifelong collaboration. Manzer has built over twenty five instruments for Metheny including one with three necks, two soundholes, and forty-two strings named the Pikasso. Shortly after meeting Metheny, Manzer received a grant to study archtop guitar building with James D’Aquisto at his Long Island studio. Manzer has gone on to be one of the most respected luthiers of our time, and continues to hand craft beautiful instruments for celebrity musicians and the general public at her shop in Canada.
Linda Manzer’s Blue Absynthe was inspired by absinthe, a very popular liqueur in turn-of-the century France. Like the drink, this guitar truly is highly intoxicating and ever so mythical with its creative and innovative design. The most distinctive feature of this guitar is the sliding sound door on the upper bout made of ebony with an underside of curly maple and allows the player to redirect a significant amount of sound to or from the source of the music. The guitar is constructed with a European Spruce top, European flamed maple, back sides and neck wood. The fingerboard, bridge, tailpiece, pickguard, tuning buttons, truss rod cover and headstock veneer, are all ebony as are all the bindings. Abalone inlays are used on the fingerboard, and floral headstock display, and pearl is used for the logo inscription on the headstock.