Turnstone TG review: the most expensive guitar we’ve ever reviewed – but is it worth it?

At £12,240 (nearly $15,000), this premium-level model from the renowned UK-based acoustic builder is the most expensive guitar we have reviewed, but it might also be one of the best. Want to know what a high-end acoustic plays like? Read on…

Turnstone TG
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Very few guitarists will have the expenditure to afford such an instrument, but the workmanship is faultless and the guitar is as much a work of art as it is a musical instrument.


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    A superb hand-built piece of musical art.

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    And it will only sound better with age.

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    Plenty of custom options.


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    Okay, the price may appear steep, but in the context of other sole builders out there, it’s on track for this level of instrument.

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To begin with, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. This is not only the most expensive acoustic guitar we’ve ever welcomed into Guitarist, it’s the most expensive guitar we’ve ever reviewed. Period. 

But a rare opportunity came our way to test drive a Ferrari-level instrument and we jumped at the chance to take a look at it. After all, we were as curious as you are to see exactly what is on offer when you go to the rarer atmosphere of the bespoke.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.