The Twelfth Fret • Guitarists' Pro Shop
The Twelfth Fret ~ Since 1977 ~

Meet The Twelfth Fret Team

Grant MacNeill The Twelfth Fret

Grant MacNeill

“We’ve always been very hands-on. We want our customers to pick up and try instruments and to leave feeling they have learned something useful during the visit; construction, wood species, setup procedures or something as simple as string change technique.  We tweak setups on the spot to illustrate how flexible the guitar can be to their needs.  Guitars should be accessible to everybody; not just the advanced players so we carry guitars to suit beginners, passionate collectors and professionals.

Grant MacNeill | Founder | President


At 12 years old, Grant fell in love with guitar during his first lesson. A series of Rock & Roll and Classical teachers shepherded him through to high school where he spent his Friday nights playing folk music coffee houses then later on, hundreds of weekend wedding-band gigs and a brief time with a bar band. Through high school and university Grant supplemented his living teaching guitar lessons and tuning pianos. More time was spent playing guitar than in class which led to his first and only formal employment at age 19 working in the Fender Guitars service department. Mentored by Dan Charman he soon realized that the craft of Lutherie was his calling. Then in 1977 Grant and Dan opened The Twelfth Fret and the adventure began….

“Where else can you come in for an afternoon and play such a vast selection of guitars in one sitting?  Choosing a guitar is a long process and can take several visits.  I designed the shop to reflect an old fashioned home; low key and relaxed so men and women visiting the shop feel free to explore these fine instruments to their hearts’ content.” – Grant

Read The Twelfth Fret history as detailed in Music Trades magazine. 

E-mail: sales@12fret.com
Phone: +416.423.2132 

Chris Bennett - The Twelfth Fret Vintage Expert

Chris Bennett

“My obsession with music and the history of recorded sound lead me to my interest in vintage guitars, amplifiers and related gear. How it contributed to the sounds players attained and the sonic legacy they left behind has always intrigued me.

Chris Bennett • Vintage Instrument Sales Expert


Chris joined The Twelfth Fret in 2000  just after it relocated to it’s current location. He came on board to oversee the vintage instrument sector of the business. Much of his expertise is spent helping other vintage equipment enthusiasts find interesting pieces and appraise or assess their collections.

As a musician Chris has a diverse interest in music. Whether it’s an old Eddy Lang 78 disc, comparing the differences in mono and stereo mixes of an obscure British band or listening to current players like Nels Cline or Mathew Stephens it all makes sense in his world.

When outside the shop Chris enjoys playing and recording with equipment from his personal collection.

The Twelfth Fret has a deep rooted clientele of rare and vintage instruments collectors. Chris attributes this to the practise of honest and fair appraisals extended to buyers and sellers alike. 

Chris is well versed in the ever changing trends within the vintage and collector’s world which allows him to help customers navigate the ever changing market.

E-mail: sales@12fret.com
Phone: +416.423.2132 

Brian Dickie The Twelfth Fret

Brian Dickie

“Finding the instrument that works for the customer.

Brian Dickie – Sales Expert


It was May 2001 when Brian started working at The Twelfth Fret. He initially managed sales and purchasing for bass guitars, mandolins and the Seagull Godin line of products. His responsibilities morphed over time to include Martin, Collings and Huss & Dalton – as well as consignment sales and trades. For much of his spare time, Brian played bass guitar in numerous bands. Brian enjoys most genres of music and organizing local player showcases here at the shop. His satisfaction is in selling instruments that work for the customer.

E-mail: sales@12fret.com
Phone: +416.423.2132 

Mike Gray The Twelfth Fret

Mike Gray

Expertise in acoustic and electric guitars, amps and pedals.

Mike Gray • Sales & Purchasing


Mike joined The Twelfth Fret team in 2006. He started playing since the age of 12. He enjoys playing electric guitar, acoustic and bass guitar. As a musician, Mike divides his spare time playing in various bands; electric guitar for the hard rock band “Anthems in Ashes”; acoustic guitar for singer “Lisa Marie Kruchak”. He also plays bass guitar for “No Shelter” – Rage Against The Machine – tribute band.

Mike’s diverse talents and expertise in acoustic and electric guitars; amps and pedals, brings a skilful level of knowledge to The Twelfth Fret. His life as a musician affords a tangible, honest and applicable take to his consultations.

E-mail: sales@12fret.com
Phone: +416.423.2132 

Nevin Douglas - The Twelfth Fret

Nevin Douglas

“ Expertise in electric guitars, amplifiers and effect pedals, acoustic guitars, acoustic amps, acoustic pickups.”

Nevin Douglas • Sales


Nevin joined The Twelfth Fret in February 2007.  With a broad range of expertise on electric guitars, amplifiers and effect pedals, acoustic guitars, acoustic amps, acoustic pickups there is little Nevin cannot assist customers with. He currently owns three instruments a Fender Strat, Gibson Les Paul and Fender Jazz Bass.

E-mail: sales@12fret.com
Phone: +416.423.2132 

Max Moy The Twelfth Fret

Max Moy

Sales, purchasing, consignments, online sales and day-to-day operations.

Max Moy • Sales • Consignment


Max has been with the Fret since 2008, and has been playing guitar in bands around the local Toronto scene for nearly 18 years. He has also been modifying and experimenting on guitars for just as long. His musical tastes vary depending on his mood, ranging from pop to punk to Swedish death metal to funk to classical and so on. If you ever see his playlist, it’s absolutely schizophrenic!  Max has various responsibilities at The Fret including: purchasing, managing consignments, online sales, digital marketing/social media, administrative and day to day operations. Max has grown to become a minimalist; he currently has just one electric guitar, a parts telecaster and one acoustic guitar.

E-mail: sales@12fret.com
Phone: +416.423.2132 

The Twelfth Fret

Guitarists’ Pro Shop
2132 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, Ontario  M4C 1J9
CANADA
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