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A very rare, expertly crafted dreadnought from the Great White North. It is in fine playing condition with a working truss. There is no cracking or saddle lift. The frets are very good but could use a polish. One tuner is not original.

These acoustic guitars are a very rare find. LYS guitars were made in Quebec for only a few years in the early 1980's. This one appears to be one of the early models.

Purchased from the original owner in the mid 1980's, this guitar really sings. It's been kept in its case in a humidity controlled environment and shows very minimal play wear.

Very well constructed and a breeze to play. Sensitive to finger style but shows some attitude when strummed aggressively.

There are different stories with respect to the background on the Lys company:

1. LYS guitars were produced by Unisonic. Unisonic was founded by Robert Godin of Godin Guitars and Claude Boucher (son of Normand Boucher founder of Norman Guitars). In 1982, the Unisonic facilities closed and LaSiDo, Inc. bought the trademark. Guitars were produced into 1983 when the design was modified to become Seagull guitars.

2. The Lys was made by Canadian Luthier Norman Butcher who also made the Kamouraska classical guitar. In the last part of 1980 a fire just about destroyed the Shop Butcher was operating and he did not have the financial ability to rebuild so he sold out to Godin, who renamed the LYS "seagull" and the Kamouraska the "La Patrie" Godin then developed the Simon and Patrick the Art & Luthier and the Norman.

3. Lys guitars were made in a small village in Quebec, Canada called LaPatrie. This village had (and still has) a community of luthiers. They made LYS, Kamouraska and Norman guitars in the 60's and 70's. Lys (pronounced “Lee”) Guitars were only produced from1980 to 1983. They were handmade in La Patrie, Quebec by Claude Boucher (Boucher Guitars, Kamouraska Guitars) and Normand Boucher (Norman Guitars). Later, Robert Godin (Godin Guitars) joined after the death of Normand Boucher.

Robert Godin later went on to form Seagull Guitars and used the Lys body design for the Seagull S-6.

As guitars made by French Canadiens, not surprisingly, the name is derived from Fleur-de-Lys, and is the inspiration for their unique and attractive headstocks.

These rare and unique guitars have the sloped-shouldered bodies similar to the earlier Gibson J-50s. Each is handmade with extraordinary attention to detail. The top, sides and back are expertly crafted to seamlessly fit together without the need for binding. It leaves no room for mistakes. It requires tremendous skill to achieve such accuracy.

Taking advantage of the national resources available in Quebec, the entire bodies of both these guitars are made of Canadian white birch with black teardrop pickguards. They have a hand-rubbed, French polish non-gloss finish. The necks are mahogany. The bridges are rosewood. And the rosewood fingerwoods have a unique double dot pattern, with triple dots at the twelfth fret. The guitar neck features a stylish heel; the 6-string with a distinctive curve. The headstock features a gold Lys logo on a front fascia of Brazilian rosewood.

The sound produced by white birch is mellower than a maple bodied guitar. And with a dreadnought body, the sound projects well.

The label is dated 1980 inside the 6-string.

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Listed8 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.Learn more
  • Lys Seagull
  • L2
  • Yellow Birch
  • 1980
Made In
  • Canada

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