Maybury Cholla review

Most of us are happy with off-the-shelf guitar designs, but there’s nothing quite like ordering up your own custom-made guitar. We asked Maybury Guitars to build us one, and this is what we received

Maybury Cholla
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

There’s some excellent, purposeful craft on display here, a very strong foundation for what is an original design, which can be customized to your own style and taste.


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    Original chambered design.

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    Excellent craft and thin finish. Beautiful neck feel.

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    Good hardware choice.

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    Evocative, detailed and expansive sounds.


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    Heavier than we expected.

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    We’d make a couple of setup changes.

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Stepping outside the mainstream isn’t for everyone, but if you fancy something a little different the UK has a host of electric guitar makers ready to turn your dreams into a special instrument. 

At the end of 2022 we were chatting to Maybury Guitars’ Jason Snelling about this custom world and suggested he build us a guitar. We soon had a basic spec in place – more of a quasi-custom instrument – to show off his wares.

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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.