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    Boutique guitars and pickups... what do you think?

    Hey guys! I am a Luthier and partial owner of a boutique guitar company called JW Guitars. I did not join this community to advertise, I love ALL gear! I can't wait to sit down and hear what everyone has to say about new and upcoming stuff! Like I said, not here to advertise, but would love some opinions of our stuff! Criticism is very welcome. We build our own guitars and pickups. Everything is handmade, no CNC machines. Our electronics are consistent, we built a machine that winds the pickups according to our recipe. Hope you like what you see! Please comment and let us know!
    Our Facebook is always the most up to date with pictures, news, etc... its www.facebook.com/jwguitarsonline
    Our website is JW Guitars, Handmade Boutique Guitars, Chattanooga Tn

    Thanks so much all!
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    Re: Boutique guitars and pickups... what do you think?

    Very nice and reasonably priced!

    How are the necks?

    Neck options?

    I personally favor 59 style necks

    Nice demo



    Quote Originally Posted by guitardoc View Post
    Hey guys! I am a Luthier and partial owner of a boutique guitar company called JW Guitars. I did not join this community to advertise, I love ALL gear! I can't wait to sit down and hear what everyone has to say about new and upcoming stuff! Like I said, not here to advertise, but would love some opinions of our stuff! Criticism is very welcome. We build our own guitars and pickups. Everything is handmade, no CNC machines. Our electronics are consistent, we built a machine that winds the pickups according to our recipe. Hope you like what you see! Please comment and let us know!
    Our Facebook is always the most up to date with pictures, news, etc... its www.facebook.com/jwguitarsonline
    Our website is JW Guitars, Handmade Boutique Guitars, Chattanooga Tn

    Thanks so much all!
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    Re: Boutique guitars and pickups... what do you think?

    I like the idea of things that are boutique being actually handmade and not just a bunch of parts screwed together. Welcome!
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    Well, it looks as though you're building some great stuff - no doubt - but I've always wondered why there are so many builders out there these days who are doing just another take on a Tele or a Strat? Of course, Teles and Strats are tried and true designs that have kept their demand and integrity for many decades now, but not only are they relatively easy to build in the hands of a good craftsman, the market seems to have become overly saturated with them as well. I only say this because I went into building with another guy a few years ago, and while we also did a few of our own bolt-on designs, we also built a few custom Tele-style guitars with various wiring schemes and whatnot only to get criticized for building upscale partscasters, thus resulting in very little return for our time and investment. That's not to say that it can't be done, for I'm quite sure that Kirn, LSL, Hahn, K-Line, etc. have all done quite well, but most of those guys also hit the market at a time when there was a relatively high demand for their work.

    Anyway, I didn't mean to sound critical, and since our little guitar building business has since gone under, I'm certainly not an authority to say what the market will allow or reject these days. Of course, a good marketing scheme is also a key element here as well, so if you have the funds to get the word out there as well as getting a few guitars into the hands of some fairly prominent musicians, it could potentially become a thriving business.

    Again, your guitars look to be great instruments, and I truly wish you the best of luck in your endeavor!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim P View Post
    Well, it looks as though you're building some great stuff - no doubt - but I've always wondered why there are so many builders out there these days who are doing just another take on a Tele or a Strat? Of course, Teles and Strats are tried and true designs that have kept their demand and integrity for many decades now, but not only are they relatively easy to build in the hands of a good craftsman, the market seems to have become overly saturated with them as well. I only say this because I went into building with another guy a few years ago, and while we also did a few of our own bolt-on designs, we also built a few custom Tele-style guitars with various wiring schemes and whatnot only to get criticized for building upscale partscasters, thus resulting in very little return for our time and investment. That's not to say that it can't be done, for I'm quite sure that Kirn, LSL, Hahn, K-Line, etc. have all done quite well, but most of those guys also hit the market at a time when there was a relatively high demand for their work.

    Anyway, I didn't mean to sound critical, and since our little guitar building business has since gone under, I'm certainly not an authority to say what the market will allow or reject these days. Of course, a good marketing scheme is also a key element here as well, so if you have the funds to get the word out there as well as getting a few guitars into the hands of some fairly prominent musicians, it could potentially become a thriving business.

    Again, your guitars look to be great instruments, and I truly wish you the best of luck in your endeavor!
    Thank you so much for the reply! We have our own models in production right now, we just started out by pushing some traditional models into the market while we got our process down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVC View Post
    Very nice and reasonably priced!

    How are the necks?

    Neck options?

    I personally favor 59 style necks

    Nice demo

    Thanks for the reply! We have several neck options and can ultimately do whatever the customer desires since they are hand carved. One thing special we do is our "Ergo" neck. Its an ergonomically designed neck that fits the hand like a glove. its a little different than any other out there, but playability is through the roof!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amp360 View Post
    I like the idea of things that are boutique being actually handmade and not just a bunch of parts screwed together. Welcome!
    Thanks very much! We hand carve our carved top guitars as well! theres one on our Facebook wall right now thats in production! check it out when you have the chance! www.facebook.com/jwguitarsonline

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    Re: Boutique guitars and pickups... what do you think?

    I am in the market for a new tele.

    I want a 59 Les Paul style neck size (basically what tyler does)

    I like the concept of the Varitone style knob on the tele.

    Do you offer noiseless pickups with the guitars?

    reason I ask is that noise is an issue in the clubs I play

    I either play my gibson 336 or my James Tyler Burning Water 2k when I gig. The Burning Water 2k has an SSH configuration -- the two singles are Area 61 noiseless pickups and the HB is their "Secret Sauce" landau pickup.

    No amount of shielding helps in the shit holes that I play in. I just cannot stand it since the music my band plays is mostly R&B/soul with some oldies and classic rock thrown in for good measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitardoc View Post
    Thanks for the reply! We have several neck options and can ultimately do whatever the customer desires since they are hand carved. One thing special we do is our "Ergo" neck. Its an ergonomically designed neck that fits the hand like a glove. its a little different than any other out there, but playability is through the roof!
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