“On playability alone it feels like we’re playing a much more expensive guitar”: PJD Guitars St John Standard Plus review

Back in 2023, revitalised Brit-maker PJD rejigged its range to start with the new solidbody hardtail Standards. Need an offset with a vibrato? No problem: here comes the Standard Plus

PJD guitars St John Standard Plus
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

It’s the feel and playability and the new, more mainstream neck shape that punch well above the price point here. Superb craft in non-precious dress and an obvious choice for any gigging musician.


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    Crisp build and excellent weight.

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    Proper bolt-on neck join. New neck shape.

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    Big rock‑aimed voices.

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    Large colour choice.

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    Nicely integrated Bigbsy vibrato.


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    A more classic pickup set option would broaden the sonic appeal – watch this space.

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Production-style methodology has always been at the heart of PJD: clean craft and design, well executed and far from expensive. In fact, its new Standard range – which kicked off in 2023 and includes the single-cut Carey, the S-style Woodford, the original-shaped T-inspired York and PJD’s previously best-selling offset guitar St John – actually kicks off at just £1,299. 

The next Standard Plus tier all include vibratos at £1,499, while a lightly worn-looking ‘spray over’ finish, available on both levels, adds between £250 and £300.

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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.