PJD York Standard review: a new take on the Telecaster that feels alive in your hands and feather-light on your shoulder

PJD is back doing what it always did: making great guitars. Let’s welcome the York, a celebration of where this story started

PJD Guitars York Standard
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

Pretty much every PJD we’ve had our hands on could be described as custom-shop quality but at production-level prices, and the York is no different: an age-old recipe presented in original style but with nothing to take away the flavors you’d expect.


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    Original take on a classic.

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    Crisp, clean and lightweight build.

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    High-quality hardware.

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    Hand-wound pickups.

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    Vibrant sounds and superb price for the style.


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    New shapes aren’t for everyone.

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    Sound-wise, it is yet another T-style with no new tricks.

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‘Don’t dwell on the past, look to the future’ might well be the motto of PJD Guitars. We’ve been lucky enough to document the company’s ascent via its smartly made small range of electric guitars

The Carey, St John and Woodford are now joined by the brand’s latest vision, the York, the first new model since the last addition to the Carey family, the stripped‑down solidbody, single-pickup Apprentice that launched a year ago. 

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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.