Handcrafted Bespoke Acoustic Guitars

by David J Woodcock

Enter this raffle for a chance to win a DJW handcrafted small jumbo cutaway guitar in Spruce\Claro Walnut! All ticket sales will benefit Life Support Charity, which provides care and schooling for orphaned and vulnerable children. Your ticket purchase will make a difference to a child's life!

"This year we are building a secondary school out at Eden Farm in Chingola, Zambia. The cost to complete the initial build phase project is £18,822 (2 classrooms & a staff office). Secondary schools are very few in Zambia and where Eden Farm is located there is only one secondary school covering more than 20,000 people throughout the communities. Developing a secondary school on Eden Farm will change and improve the lives of these young children who currently have no access to free secondary school education within walking distance."

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Crafted by hand with imagination and dedication


Based upon the famous Gibson J185. A great all rounder.


Small bodied with a punchy sound. 00 size.


Not quite square shouldered, not quite sloped - my version of the Dreadnought!


My smallest offering - 12th fret body join and can be made with cutaway


The original DJW - with echoes of a Martin OM and Taylor Grand Auditorium

What players are saying...

 I can honestly say that my DJW Firecrest is hands down my favourite acoustic guitar I have ever played. It’s a guitar that is incredibly hard to put down and constantly draws out new inspiration. Since getting mine I haven’t stopped writing new songs. It has a much larger sound than you’d expect from it’s small body and resonates beautifully. It’s very responsive to touch and can span a range of styles well - a perfect guitar for recording. When I’ve led worship with it this guitar has brought so much joy. It’s an instrument I know I can trust and sits really well in a band mix. The detail and craftsmanship is absolutely mind blowing. The instrument is as much a work of art as a tool for making music. It is an inspiring piece to look at - let alone play. David is a genius and has created something so valuable in these guitars. They tell a story of dedication, excellence and commitment to making something beautiful. I would recommend his guitars to anyone and I’m immensely honoured to have one of his pieces."

Rich DiCasWorship Leader, Songwriter and David's Tent Event DirectorClick here for Rich's website

 I thought I’d also just let you know how absolutely delighted I am with guitar. I could barely put it down when I got back yesterday. Obviously the Kempton Park show wasn’t the most ideal circumstances to fully appreciate it, but once at home in a quieter setting (and with warm fingers) it became evident what a special instrument it is. I’m only an amateur but I can say for certain it’s the best guitar I have ever played/owned (which includes top British and USA handmade instruments). The most amazing thing is the playability and the ease with which I’m able to finger the fretboard. It’s truly a revelation – it’s almost like I’ve been playing a different instrument for the last 40 years! The full, rich tone is fantastic too and the clarity of every note is superb. I really love this guitar."


 "I recently bought one of David's guitars, with a fabulous maple back/sides. The sound is beautiful, with crystal clear note separation, a tone to die for and the action is perfect for my finger picking. David's guitar cost me £x,000 LESS than my ******, and to me it's as good! I think I've finally found my soul mate (in the guitar world that is!). If you want a fabulously sounding guitar I would recommend DJW Guitars. Thanks David for creating such a beautiful instrument""


 "Absolutely love my little hand crafted parlour guitar""


British Boutique Guitar Festival

4th Feb 2022

Online show with some of the UK's boutique guitar makers

Bristol Guitar Show

24th April 2022

At Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol

London International Guitar Show

30th October 2022, Kempton Park

I've been playing, setting up and generally tweaking guitars since first picking one up, aged 15. My love and fascination with the instrument has never diminished and eventually led me to build an acoustic guitar under the expert guidance of the very talented Richard Osborne. (if you're interested in making your own, do check out Richard's courses - I can't speak highly enough of the pleasure and experience gained: www.osborneguitars.co.uk/courses ).

DJW Guitars started in Thakeham, West Sussex, UK, in 2010. The instruments are my own designs, but nod towards the classic guitar shapes. My guitars are crafted largely by hand using traditional tools, but some aspects of the build are far more efficiently handled with the help of a router, drill, or bandsaw. The critical aspect is to maintain a feel for the wood and how it is suited to it's particular purpose - tone, strength, stability etc.

I'm always pleased to discuss the customer's ideas, and within reason any handcrafted guitar can be made to measure.

  • Thakeham, West Sussex, United Kingdom