PJD Woodford Standard and St John Standard review

The most affordable guitar yet from PJD Guitars plus the company’s take on the classic offset: two new shapes from a new maker, proudly crafted in the UK

PJD Woodford Standard and St John Standard
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Is British craft important to you? That’s personal choice, but when it’s this good with world-class sounds, these are just very good guitars that purposely mix up influences to create a very valid and lively, vibrant voice. Not tried one? We strongly suggest you do.


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    Crisp build.

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    St John is chambered and lightweight.

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    Excellent hardware and pickups.

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    Quality voice, with the St John particularly versatile.

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    The price.


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    No vibrato options.

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    Standard is another Strat-alike.

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    Not everyone will like the satin finish.

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Regular Guitarist readers will be aware of York-based guitar maker Leigh Dovey and his PJD team. He’s busy preparing production of a new Cream T electric guitar co-designed with none other than Billy F Gibbons and, without letting any cats out of the bag, there are more collaborations in the pipeline.

In the past 12 months since we last reviewed a PJD, the company has taken on more staff – which now number 12 – and is producing nearly 40 instruments per month. It all seems a long time away from playing an early PJD Woodford, nearly four years ago. Promise isn’t always fulfilled, but in this case it most definitely has been. 

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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.