Meet TunaTone

Inspired by the vintage futurism of mid-century electric guitars, Canadian Luthier Leila Sidi pays tribute to them while accommodating contemporary manufacturing techniques and materials.

Conventional and original components generate fresh instruments with iconic tonal character and creative spark. Sidi applies an updated futuristic vision of her craft, conceiving of electric guitars ergonomically suited to musicians of any body type.

She currently builds out of the Clubhouse in Edmonton, Alberta with her mentor, Dion Guitars and shop mate Turley Guitars.

She has appeared on The Fretboard Journal’s website, has been a guest on the podcasts In the Making, Let ‘Em Hear, Get Offset, and The Interval, as well as a feature on Radio Active.

What Everyone's Saying

Kind words from the folks who have played TunaTone Instruments
Dion James

Dion James

Luthier

"Leila made my Baritone a coupe of years ago and I’ve played it most days since. I absolutely love her sense of aesthetic, the execution is impeccable, and the guitar sounds great. I look forward to commissioning another one day!"

Aaron Parker

Aaron Parker

Cantoo

"Tuna Tone short scale guitar feels very alive. The neck is so comfortable and doesn't have the dead feel that some short scales have. It's instantly comfortable and makes me feel like I could do my best playing. It felt like I'd already gotten used to it as soon as I picked it up."

Emily Harris

Emily Harris

Get Offset Podcast

"I was in awe of the design of Leila's guitars, and was equally impressed with the build quality! Her instruments play so well and are remarkably lightweight. And knowing that she puts so much thought into sustainable materials and building up communities means so much to me."

Matthew James Weigel

Matthew James Weigel

Poet

"Leila takes the light around her, and puts it directly into her instruments. When you hold one, you feel that warmth. Playing a TunaTone is what I imagine it must feel like when a contented cat lies in a sunbeam."

Amir Alav

Amir Alav

Producer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Engineer

"I first became familiar with a Tune Tone Guitar at the Vancouver International Guitar Festival. Between all the guitars I played with this one caught my attention the most. I was surprised how comfortable it played given that it has a short scale but at the same time carried a sweet and dark bass tone that was music to my ears."

Jenni Roberts

Jenni Roberts

Musician

"My TunaTone bass is a beautiful workhorse. After 3 years of touring my TunaTone has never disappointed me on stage. It is a guaranteed conversation starter with audience, fellow musicians, and sound techs alike. I’m so honoured that I get to play this instrument for many years to come."

Cassia Hardy

Cassia Hardy

Wares

"Leila Sidi’s Tunatone is one of the most finely made instruments I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. An unbelievably comfortable neck paired with a lightweight and stylish body, I felt like I could play for hours with no strain or fatigue. The electronics were responsive and brilliant without becoming shrill, the hardware felt solid and held up to a heavy attack. Support Tunatone for durable, beautiful design!"

Jessica Jalbert

Jessica Jalbert

Faith Healer

"Watching the progress of the Tunatone Leila built was really exciting - I loved learning the careful details about the build that Leila was super communicative and open about. So cool to be able to watch the process from start to finish and be invited to be a part of the decisions made. It has an attractive design and a really unique, well-bodied sound that I can't wait to take to the stage!"

News

Leila & Dion on The Interval

Tom and Daisy from The Interval talked to Dion James and Leila Sidi about their philosophy as builders, their backstories, and how they find sharing a space as makers.

Episode 5 of Get Offset

This week on the Get Offset podcast, Emily and Andrew sit down with Canadian guitar builder Leila Sidi of TunaTone Instruments. They talk about cats, guitars, and the guitar building community.

Get in Touch

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