TJS Custom Guitars can trace its roots right back to the first guitar I owned as a teenager. No sooner had I learned to play a few chords, when I cut the guitar open and added a pickup to create a thinline electric guitar. Needless to say, the results were not spectacular!

I enjoyed woodwork for most of my life, and the drive to be creative lead me to a career in mechanical engineering, and then more recently into academia, teaching the next generation of engineers. After playing guitars and singing in local churches for many years, I realized I would never be able to afford to own that Gretsch White Falcon I so admired, so I finally plucked up the courage to build my own guitar. After all, how hard could it be?

Thankfully I was assisted by YouTube experts such as Crimson Guitars who made it all look so easy. This started a journey into guitar building that involved purchasing the neck and building custom bodies initially, and then eventually building my own necks.

A critical point in this journey was when I entered the “Great Guitar Build-Off 2021” and with the “go big or go home” mentality, I decided to build my own White Falcon! It was far from perfect, but to my surprise turned out great! This spurred me on to build the Raptor semi-hollow and Dovehollow-body hybrid (electric/acoustic) models, and before I knew it I had people asking if I could build a custom guitar for them!

My approach is to build uniquely desirable instruments that have a classic style and showcase the beauty of the natural woods from which they were created. I build them light and resonant for an inspirational playing experience.

I hope you enjoy these musical works of art as much as I do!

Please visit my YouTube channel, TJS Customs to see me create some of the guitars.