Edward Rusnak builds custom instruments, focusing on renaissance and classical instruments, including lutes, citterns, violins, violas, and baroque guitars. He's worked on this for over fifty years in Montreal, Quebec and is very well respected.

However, many custom instruments are also produced by Edward Rusnack, and a good example is this Rusnack 10 String, with steel strings. Most 10-strings are extended classical guitars and use nylon strings because of the greatly increased tension. Many of these guitars are patterened on the 10 string classical guitar built for Narcisco Yepes by Jose Ramirez III around 1963.

This unique, fascinating instrument features a spruce top with burled maple sides and back, a mahogany neck, rosewood bridge, and an ebony fingerboard with a three-inch nut width. To keep the tension down, the scale is somewhat short at 24.5 inches. For strings, the top six are a regular light-gauge acoustic set and the lower four are heavier singles, with gauges chosen for the pitches desired.

The finish is a light lacquer, a hand-applied french polish with a dark stain for the sides, back and neck. The finish is in excellent condition. French polish is not as glossy or thick as a sprayed finish, but allows the wood the greatest freedom to vibrate.

A custom black Calton case is included.

This is a consignment piece. Prices shown are in US dollars and are based on a recent exchange rate. For Canadian dollar pricing, please follow the More Details link here to our website posting at

The Twelfth Fret

The Twelfth Fret

Edward Rusnack
Brown Maple
Original Hard
The Twelfth Fret
The Twelfth Fret
(416) 423-2132
Toronto, Ontario
2:06 AM
12-6 Monday to Thursday 12-7 Friday 11-5 Saturdays Closed Sundays

1. We accept Visa and Mastercard through our secure online payment processor. We do use 3d Secure, aka Verified by Visa and Mastercard Secure Code. If the card cannot be verified through this method, shipping delays may occur. 2. We accept wire transfers - please contact us for details. 3. We do not accept cheques. Our banks hold cheques far too long for this to be useful. 4. In person we're happy to accept cash or verified debit cards. 5. Normally, on our own website ( we list prices primarily in Canadian dollars. On Gbase, we've converted the Canadian prices to US dollars at a 1.3% exchange rate. This rate is subject to change, reflecting current currency conversion rates.

Our primary carrier is FedEx. We also use Canada Post where rates or delivery schedules may provide better service to our customers. While we try hard to ship promptly, we will hold shipments if we determine that weather issues may cause damage to the shipped item.

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