JWJ Guitars Parlour and Orchestra review

JWJ Guitars is a relatively new name on the lutherie circuit, specializing in bespoke builds at off-the-peg prices. Interested? You probably should be…

Two JWJ Guitars models
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

In terms of price, when you consider that both of these instruments are hand-crafted, nitro-finished with premium body woods, and weigh in at under £2k, they really are competitive in today’s acoustic marketplace and well worth checking out.


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    Very good builds.

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    Hand-built quality.

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    Great set of tones.

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    Very competitive price.

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    Orchestra model is a great all-rounder.


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    The Parlour's 13th-fret neck joint might deter purists.

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We have to admit that we weren’t aware of JWJ Guitars until a few months ago when luthier Rich Jones visited us at Guitarist HQ in order for us to sample his wares. Based in Shropshire, Jones began building guitars as a hobbyist 20 years ago, turning fully professional around 2018.

With guitars a passion since his youth, Jones had found that his early builds were attracting a lot of attention in his local music scene, with players queuing up for new instruments. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.