“Quite simply one of the best ‘entry level’ acoustic guitars we’ve experienced”: JWJ Guitars “The Hog” review

Last year, we were mightily impressed when we looked at UK builder Rich Jones’ Parlour and Orchestra acoustics. This time it’s the turn of his entry-level, all-mahogany dreadnought

JWJ ‘The Hog’
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

For a little under £1.3k you’re getting a hand-crafted instrument made from premium bodywoods, a hand-applied nitro finish, upscaled hardware in terms of string pegs, tuners and so on... Put all this together with the JWJ’s sound, feel and addictive playability and the whole deal becomes something of a no-brainer.


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    Amazing build quality.

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    Elite body woods.

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    Wonderful tones.

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    Comes with a Hiscox hard case.


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    We honestly couldn’t find a thing!

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We first heard about Shropshire, UK‑based luthier Rich Jones in early 2023 when he visited our studios bearing two of his recent builds, an OM and parlour. The subsequent review was enthusiastic, to say the least, as we were extremely impressed by both the craftsmanship and the sheer musicality – not to mention the value for money – of both instruments. 

Our verdict read: “We like both of these guitars a lot. Each has its own particular charm – the Parlour is slight in body and big in voice, it looks great, the build quality is very good and that aged cedar top sets the guitar off well. The OM is more the all-rounder with plenty of volume and a good dynamic range.” 

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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.