Hi, my name is Kit Jon French
and guitars are my life!
I love to listen to them, I love to play them and more than anything - I love to build them.
I started my guitar business in 2009, operating from my garden shed. However, after the success of my first classical acoustic commission it became obvious that I needed bigger premises, so I moved to my current workshop in the Old Sawmill at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park in beautiful south-east Cornwall.
The wood I use is important to me; its grain, its density, its moisture content and hardness all contribute to the tone, feel, and sound of a guitar – but equally important is the source and providence of the wood I use. As a principle therefore, I only use salvaged, reclaimed or recycled timber in production. This is to ensure that no tree has specifically been cut down to make any of my guitars I donate all the profits from the sale of my guitars to tree planting projects both locally and around the world, for example Maya 2020 in Belize or Rame Woodland CIC in Cornwall. I also teach local people the art of guitar making from reclaimed timber to help conserve precious forests and woodlands.
I build new electric and acoustic guitars on commission only either bespoke or one of my established designs. I also undertake repairs and customise instruments to order, using only the best quality sustainable materials and components. As a one man show I can guarantee top quality instruments rivalling any of the big names.
Why not look around this web site or visit my workshop and please feel free to contact me.