Hi there.  I’ve been playing guitar since my early teens and it has taken up the better part of my life since. The 90’s I spent recording, performing, and traveling.  When I came home from a trip to Nepal and Southeast Asia, with my girlfriend Andy, I was fortunate to meet Sergei DeJonge.  It was Sergei who taught me to build my first guitar, and many more after.  Sergei hired me to build for the DeJonge Guitar Co. and from there I went on to build acoustic guitars (and the occasional electric), under my own name in Montreal, before returning to Toronto where I opened a studio in the East end. 

I have always been a great fan of the guitar, and guitar music in general but I must admit there has always been a special place in my heart for the world’s first mass-produced solid body electric guitar and its players.  The Telecaster was wielded by many of the greats, but the ones that have inspired me the most would have to be, Jimmy Bryant, Roy Buchanan, and Washington DC telemaster Danny Gatton.

In addition to producing guitars, and discussing building techniques with other makers, I’m often gigging with local bands. In the fall of 2009 I toured the UK with the Kate Rogers Band. Currently I play with Makita Hack & The Log Rollers - an old time fiddle band. Also, Hatchemen in which I share guitar duties with my brother Ewan, and in the Spring of 2010 I’ll be in the studio with jam band Electric Meat.

Settlers cleared the land for farming in 1865, raised the barn, built the house, and established themselves as Canadian farmers.  As they tilled the soil, they found the occasional arrowhead and pottery shard and suspected that the land might have been used by the Huron Indian tribe.

In 1935 an American archeologist, excavating around the barn, discovered significant artifacts dating back to earlier then 1650 A.D. and confirmed that the property had indeed once been a Huron Indian village.

Alastair is always searching for unique materials to build his guitars.  He salvaged the wood used for the Barncaster Guitar when the barn floor was replaced for his wedding to Alexandra in the summer of 2008.

This particular series of guitars is limited to the amount of wood that was rescued at the time of the barn restoration.  Alastair has finished these instruments in classic antique colors, and clear coated them with nitrocellulose lacquer.


ALASTAIR MILLER’S Barncaster Guitars are created from original barn-board retrieved from the 155-year old family barn (pictured below).