About CP Thornton

Meet Chuck Thornton

Chuck Thornton's journey as a luthier began in 1985 when he started building basses. In 1993, he worked for Bourgeois Guitars as their fret and setup tech. During off hours he built 33 of his own guitars. In 1996, Chuck met Jon Cooper a master violin maker, and he worked for him building violins and cellos up to year 2000.
In 2000, Chuck returned to Bourgeois, which was then operating as Pantheon Guitars. He worked as shop foreman and fret and setup tech to year 2004.

In June, 2004, Chuck opened CP Thornton Guitars to fulfil his lifetime dream "to create heirloom quality instruments for musicians who seek that rare balance between breathtaking beauty and engineering excellence, instruments that are at the same time a work of art, and the means to producing art."

CP Thornton Vibe

Thornton guitars may seem unassuming but there's a lot more to them. Chuck has built hundreds of instruments. He has created design features that make his guitars unique  and he holds three US patents on his semi-hollow guitars. Chuck’s strat-style guitar, model HTL, and tele-style guitar, model Classic II,  both feature Nootka Cedar bodies and Torrefied Rock Maple necks. The Nootka Cedar is between 700 & 1200 years old when it was harvested.

CB & CP Thornton

It only took one chat with Chuck for us to know his guitars are in their own category and a perfect fit for our gallery of instruments. We can say without any reservation, that the tone and feel of these guitars is incredible. The build and finish on these guitars is impeccable! We are honoured to be exclusive Canadian dealer for CP Thornton.

Chuck Thornton