Haynes Demeanour review – the golden age for UK guitar making continues with this rock-ready offset

This fresh take on the classic offset outline teams humbucker and P-90 pickups with top-name hardware and stunning looks

Haynes Demeanour
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

It’s very hard to find fault: this is well considered, thoughtful guitar making and sensibly priced to boot. It’s a modern take on the offset with a great weight.


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    Superb modern offset design.

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    Good weight.

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    Excellent playability and neck.

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    Rock‑ready voicing.

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    Excellent hardware.


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    High E bridge saddle is too close to mounting post.

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Headed by Neil Haynes in Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK, Haynes Guitars is an extension of the long-running Guitar & Bass Builds, which makes necks, bodies and pickups, that Neil established in 2012 after his previous life as a cabinet maker. 

“I’ve been building guitars for about 30 years, since I was 21,” reflects Neil today. Work started on the new range around two years ago, and with the S-style Inflection, T-inspired Fidelity and the new SC22 (a 22-fret single-cut), our Demeanour offset guitar makes up a pretty impressive four-model range.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.