February 2016
Guitar Fair online magazine

 

November 2015
Sandwich Guitar Festival

 

August 2015
Case Guitars chosen for Legal & General campaign

 

January 2015
J25 semi-hollow  review in Guitarist magazine
"Simply a superb modern semi-solid that any serious player should investigate"Dave Burrluck - Guitarist Magazine" Read review


 

April 2014
The Pierces perform live on MuzuTV with UK musical director Max Cooke with his J1 standard

 

January 2014
Tim Mills first gig with his new 'Vintage Series' J1'57 Goldtop

"I had the J1 Custom '57 Goldtop down to play 3 songs at the show on Saturday... 6 songs later I still hadn't changed guitars! After the gig everyone was asking about the guitar and saying how great it sounded. I absolutely love it!!"

Tim Mills - founder and MD of Bare Knuckle Pickups
Photo: Nicky Abrahams

 

2014
Case Guitars exhibits at the GREAT BRITISH GUITAR SHOW Birmingham

 

2013
J2 with the Ellie Golding band - BBC Live Lounge

 

2012
Custom JV for Tim Mills

Tim Mills, the man behind Bare Knuckle Pickups and guitarist in the Bare Knuckle Blues Band has commissioned a very special Custom JV. Specificattion includes a ‘Buckeye burl’ carved top on a mahogany body with a layer of flame maple between the two. A mahogany neck with a 16 inch radius ebony fingerboard, 22 fat/high Dunlop 6000 frets for massive bends. Loaded with Bare Knuckle humbuckers - ‘Rebel Yell’ bridge ‘Emerald’ neck. Two 550K volume pots.

"I used the JV custom at a Bare Knuckle Blues Band show last night - absolutely wicked! I played it for a track we do with a long improv solo in and it simply wailed. Lots of very positive comments... Nice output but still really dynamic - you should have heard the controlled feedback I was pulling off - very cool indeed".

Tim Mills - Founder and MD of Bare Knuckle Pickups

 

2011
Guitar Buyer magazine preview Andy Powell's APJV

Wishbone Ash fans among you may well recognise this guitar immediately as the custom model made for guitarist Andy Powell by Case Guitars. Constructed from a two-piece chambered mahogany body topped with a stunning carved slab of buckeye burl, the guitar is topped off with two Kloppmann humbuckers and loaded with a Fishman Powerchip for a range of top-draw piezo tones. We're hard pressed to think of a more visually impressive and detailed piece of wood that we've seen on a guitar for some time - check back soon to find out if the sounds live up to the looks!

 

2011
JV in the new Tony Bacon book on the Flying V

Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash is featured in Tony Bacon's fascinating new book on the Flying V and shows Andy's 'Buckeye burl' Case JV.    

 

February 2011
Best Gear of 2010 runner up Guitar Buyer magazine

BEST ELECTRIC GUITAR OVER £1000 RUNNER UP

"Fascinating and highly enjoyable to play and lovingly put together. Give Case Guitars a call and you might just end up with a guitar of your dreams!"  Paul Alcantara, Guitar Buyer magazine

 

January 2011
Jamie Woon endorses Case Guitars

Jamie Woon has selected a Case J1 to take on his 2011 UK tour. Jamie loves its full warm tone and the aesthetics of not having any pickup mounting rings. Jamie has been chosen as one of the hottest artists in 2011, making No.4 in the acclaimed BBC Sound of 2011 poll.

 

13-14 November 2010
Guitar Nation 2010, Olympia, London

 

May 2010
Andy Powell takes delivery of his 'Buckeye Burl' Case APJV

Guitar legend Andy Powell takes delivery of his new Case APJV and plays it during the 2010 Wishbone Ash world tour. The top is carved from an exquisite piece of Buckeye Burl sourced from California with a mahogany body and neck featuring pickups built by Andreas Kloppmann and a Fishman Powerbride. "I love the neck profile... a very toneful instrument and using both pickups in the middle position produces a wide array of tones depending on how I balance the pickups volumes... Its a work of art!"

Andy Powell - Wishbone Ash

 

May 2010
5 star J1 review in Guitar Buyer magazine

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October 2009
J3 on the Barbra Streisand / Jonathan Ross TV special

Phil Robson, playing his Case J3 semi hollow archtop, accompanies Barbra Streisand for a one-off  BBC Jonathan Ross TV special, featuring Barbra Streisand as the only guest.

Phil is part of a quartet with Tamir Hendelman - piano, Bobby Worth - drums and Andy Cleyndert - Bass.

 

September 2009
Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash takes delivery of his APJ1

Well, the new APJC1 Case guitar is ready. It's a gem and features two Andreas Kloppmann vintage, transparent and dynamic sounding, PAF style pick-ups with the Andy Powell 'beef' spec on the bridge pick up. The trem has been modded with the Easy Mute trem arm (easy access for muting plus absolutely no trem wobble). The finish is nitro cellulose - warm and cosy to the touch and eye. The top is an awesome piece of quilted maple. Back and neck Honduras mahogany. The nut is graphite. Tuners: Sperzel locking. Frets: Dunlop 6000 and fingerboard ebony. The piezzo system is L.R. Baggs and the truss rod is a two way adjustment.

This guitar is a beautiful looker - almost feminine in shape. Jon, who is a designer by profession, first of drew the Les Paul influenced shape by hand. It's off set which gives it this fluid look. He then tried to replicate it's shape on the computer but it didn't work so the original lines are what he stayed with. To my eyes and after wearing the guitar on my shoulder, it feels amazing. The neck joint runs through the chambered body - I forgot to mention that crucial design element.

I think he could be on to a winner here. It's tough to update these classic styles but I believe Jon has pulled it off. We see this working in car designs these days, but it takes real confidence to do this with guitars and to actually pull it off. It makes me very proud to be able to feature these superbly hand made British instruments in the band. Thanks Jon!

Andy Powell - Wishbone Ash

 

August 2009
J3 review JazzWise magazine

If it's good enough for Partisans front man Phil Robson, we thought we ought to have a look at this handbuilt, luthier made instrument. The only difference: our sample had standard Bare Knuckle Manhattan P90 pickups - Robson's has Bare Knuckle 'Mules'. The first thing that strikes you about the J3 is not only the exquisite finishing, but just how beautifully balanced the instrument is - the weight distribution is remarkably even. The body is made up of a Maple/Mahogany centre block with hand carved spruce in-fills, which is then covered by laminated quilted maple back, sides and top. The bottom bout is just over 15 inches wide, while the rims come out at a slim 1.85 inches. The one-piece Brazilian Mahogany neck is fitted with a rosewood fingerboard, mother-of-pearl "wing" position markers and 24 medium/fat frets. To the body there is a Gotoh tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece, while the Manhattan P90 pairing is controlled by a 3-way switch and solid brass Case designed bell knob master tone and volume controls, each fitted with a rubber grip ring. Playing a few chords acoustically on the J3 gives some indication of this instrument's capabilities.

 

June 2009
JV reviews Guitar Buyer magazine

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May 2009
J1 single cut 'First Look' feature Guitar Buyer magazine

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Apri 2009
Nemo Jones Receives his new J1

Nemo Jones, receives his new J1 single cut. Nemo's particular requirements were to have a highly figured maple flat top with a tobacco burst, nickel dome knobs, pigtail bridge and ebony fingerboard with no inlays. Nemo collected his guitar on the monday only to play the next day at the 'Slaughtered Lamb' London. Usually playing acoustic when solo, Nemo plalyed the J1 for the whole set, bar one song when he played his Taylor acoustic. 'It feels part of me' 'This guitar is a work of art'.

 

July 2008
Phil Robson endorses the J3 semi-solid archtop

Internationally renouned jazz guitarist/composer Phil Robson endorses the Case J3 semi-hollow archtop. Phil's J3 will be his main guitar for live and recording work.
Phil says: "I loved the feel of the J3 as soon as I played it. The neck seems perfect and the tone and volume are so even across the strings. It has great dynamics, which is perfect for the way I play. It stays in tune really well and it's light to hold which is a treat in a 'jazz guitar' although the J3 is much more than that. An amazing guitar!"

Photo: Mike Stemberg

 

May 2008
Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash demos the JV archtop

Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash takes time to checkout the new Case JV archtop prototype.
Andy, who made the guitar that he played in the early days of Wishbone Ash, was very impressed with the build quality and has suggested a few tweeks that will further enhance this model.

 

Oct 2007
JV archtop 'First Play' feature Guitarist magazine

In his clearly warped imagination, British guitar maker Jon Case envisaged the love child of a Gibson Flying V - inspired by Wishbone Ash guitarist Andy Powell - and a deep toned ES-335. Then he made one and called it the JV!
Jon is relatively new to the British guitar making scene but his sharp eye for design (and imagination) is welcome - the JV is one of four hand-built electrics that feature carefully selected woods and custom hand-wound pickups from Armstrong or Bare Knuckle.
"The JV is a semi-solid archtop in that it has hollowed out side wings with a central block of mahogany," explains Case. "On top of that is a hand-carved spruce filler that fits exactly beneath the laminated archtop. This guitar is topped with a figured European sycamore, book matched veneer, bound in ivoroid."
The JV also features, "a unique pickup mounting system that connects the mounting screws and springs directly to the the body for a more positive string and body vibration transfer," says Case before adding that "traditional plastic mounting rings can be fitted if preferred." Other neat features are the Case 'Bell' knobs - turned from solid brass with a rubber grip ring. But it's not just the careful detailing that impresses: it possesses full-toned, unique voice that's surprisingly versatile - not least due to the split-able humbuckers.
Base price for the JV is £2,750 (inc case); our model is £3,050 thanks to the Hipshot vibrato and locking Sperzel tuners but aspects of the guitar can be ordered at no extra cost.

 

May 2007
London Guitar Show 2007

Our first Guitar Show. Exhibition organiser and website creator Ruth Case pictured.

 

 

May 2006
Maxi Jazz with Jon Case

Main man Maxi Jazz of the band Faithless receives two of our very first prototype guitars, the J2 flat top and the J3 sem-hollow. A big thank you to Maxi for all the positivity and encouragement.