Neet the boutique guitar built out of old floor joists, reclaimed Fender parts… and a Squier Affinity neck: Maybury Upscaler Fish Hook S review

British builder Jason Snelling aims to turn reclaimed wood, parts and pickups into viable and vibey Strat-style guitars

Maybury Upscaler Fish Hook S
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

This remarkable reclaimed instrument’s resonant, thumping rock voice and great playability seal the deal. We’ve played guitars three times the price that haven’t delivered either so well.


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    Great repurposing concept.

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    Excellent neck work, setup and playability.

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    Strong voicing from the secondhand pickups.

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    Boutique vibe without the price.


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    The body prep and rustic finish won’t suit every player.

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Earlier this year, we were pleasantly impressed by Maybury’s Cholla, a unique slice of original British-made craft and powered by a set of superb Sunbear pickups, also UK-made. 

Maybury is the name chosen by sole luthier Jason Snelling for his small range of electric guitars, but aside from these, his start-up models are coined Upscalers. The concept is simple: by using reclaimed wood for the body, pre-loved necks and parts, Jason can offer a handmade UK build at a much lower price point than his standard models.

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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.