Expression Unlimited



TJS Custom Guitars is passionate about creating unique, inspirational instruments that provide ultimate freedom of expression in the worship context.

Each instrument is precision manufactured, hand-assembled and finished in South Africa, with particular attention to aesthetic beauty, inspiring tone, and player comfort.

We believe that an instrument should be a conduit for the expression of the heart, mind and emotion, of a player through the wonderful gift of music.

The founder of the company Trevor Stroud has been playing guitars and leading worship for over 40 years, has a master’s degree in engineering, and has loved to create objects out of wood for most of his life. These three passions came together in the form of TJS Custom Guitars, and the variety and quality of instruments produced has grown from strength to strength.

In 2022 the addition of CNC manufacturing capability brought a new level of precision and creativity to the project. TJS Custom Guitars produces solid-body and semi-hollow body electric guitars as well as thinline acoustic models, with the contemporary worship context in mind. Electric guitar tone is focussed on providing crystal clear cleans and soaring overdriven tones to add the perfect amount of energy to a worship moment.

The introduction of thinline acoustic models in 2023, with fully braced spruce tops and cutting-edge pickup technology, provides an instrument for acoustic guitarists and worship leaders who need a comfortable, feedback-resistant instrument which performs well in a live context. The creation of the “Dove” bass saw TJS entering the bass guitar scene with an arch-top semi-hollow short-scale bass guitar model. All TJS Custom Guitar models are fully customisable and we would love to discuss how we can build an instrument to your specific requirements.

TJS Customs installs ToneRider pickups as standard on all electric guitar models, and Bartolini pickups on bass guitars, along with Hipshot and Gotoh hardware, however most popular pickup and hardware brands can be sourced if required.

We hope you will have a closer look at the TJS guitar lineup and consider adding a custom TJS guitar to your collection!








Customer Reviews

Dawn Melanie

The guitar has arrived safely and is even more beautiful in reality than in the photos. Thank you so much, I am thrilled. Thank you so much I very much look forward to showing off your beautiful work and hope for many happy years of playing and performing with this beautiful fish eagle.

Bobby Hartry

” This is great, man. I feel really at home on it. It has a really powerful tone.” (Lead guitarist for Brenton Brown).

Mique Espinoza

My experience with my TJS Raptor guitar has been great! The quality in every detail and its beautiful design make it unique. Its versatility and sound quality make it an extremely useful instrument for use in different types of musical genres live and also in the studio.

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Carlo Malotti

I believe I’m the owner of the first TJS Raptor, the one all the more recent Raptors are closely based on, construction wise. If these guitars came with serial numbers, mine would be ..00001 (pretty cool).

In short, I love this guitar!  I mean, it plays great & all that (more of that later) but I must confess that what knocks me out completely are the looks.

It is just a gorgeous looking thing, entirely made out of several very attractive solid woods (yes – even the scratch plate and the Raptor inlay on the fingerboard..) and very well put together. In fact, the craftmanship is something else.

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Llewellyn van Niekerk

“Not a day goes past without my guitar putting a smile on my face, all thanks to Trevor and his expertise. He is so knowledgeable about what he is doing, not only music but his craftsmanship is absolutely top class. I am glad I stumbled upon his service which is clearly made with passion and with a love for music. There is no doubt in my mind that the instruments that he makes will be renowned, not only for the quality of the instrument but the feeling that one feels when looking at it and holding it to play. That is rare. Pure class! Thank you, Trevor.”

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