Handcrafted Acoustic Guitars

by David J Woodcock

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About


About
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.

Guitars


Bateleur

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

Firecrest

Small bodied with a punchy sound. 00 size.

Kingfisher

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

Firefly

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

Firetail

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

Testimonials


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."

Tim

"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""

Mike

"Absolutely love my little hand crafted parlour guitar""

Caroline

Events


Come and meet me and try the guitars at the following events this year. NO PLANNED SHOWS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Contact


  • Thakeham, West Sussex, United Kingdom