Garrison Guitars

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Garrison Guitars
IndustryMusical instruments (guitars)
FateAcquired (2007)
SuccessorGibson Guitar Corporation
FounderChris Griffiths
HeadquartersSt. John's, Newfoundland
Area served
Alex Lifeson of Rush playing his Garrison GD25-12 guitar

Garrison Guitars was founded by Chris Griffiths in St. John's Newfoundland, Canada in 1999.

In early 2001, Garrison Guitars opened an acoustic guitar manufacturing company in Canada tooled with the latest robotics, laser cutting, CNC milling, and UV finishing. The 20,000 square foot factory produced orders for distribution in North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, China, Japan and Canada.

Garrison Guitars and its founder won awards for innovation, business planning, export growth, leadership and entrepreneurship. Garrison Guitars was awarded a "Golden Axe Award" for Best Value by Harmony Central in 2000. Founder Chris Griffiths was also awarded the Manning Innovation Award in 2003.[1]

Garrison Guitars were crafted using innovations including the Griffiths Active Bracing System, a revolutionary method of guitar construction that took over six years to perfect. The single unit brace combined all the acoustic guitar's top braces into a single unit to allow for resonance to have an uninterrupted path of travel throughout the instrument and provided enhanced structural stability.

Offering a range of instruments in all price points, Garrison's "G "Series featured all solid woods, hard shell cases, bolt on necks, and UV finishes in a variety of wood combinations. The "AG" Series was an affordable line using the patented bracing system technology. The company also manufactured all solid wood mandolins and mandolas in its 20,000 square foot facility in Canada.

On Tuesday, July 3, 2007; Gibson Guitar Corporation announced its acquisition of Garrison Guitars.[2] The acquisition was to "further Gibson's expansion in the acoustic guitar market offering a new series of Gibson brand acoustic guitars aimed at the median price point" and converted to produce the short-lived Gibson Songmaker Series,.[3]


  1. ^ "Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards". 2003.
  2. ^ "Gibson Guitar Announces Acquisition of Garrison Guitars". July 3, 2007.
  3. ^ "Gibson Acoustic's New Songmaker Series: Gibson Craftsmanship for All Players". June 26, 2006.