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Guitarist Magazine - Round-up Modern Retro
"Its tone is astonishingly good - woody, resonant, touch-sensitive and wailing ... Simply a superb modern semi-solid"
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
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.
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!
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
DoFret - online guitar magazine
5 star J1 review in Guitar Buyer magazin
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.
JV / JV semi reviews - Guitar Buyer magazine
J1 single cut 'First Look' feature Guitar Buyer magazine
J1 Goldtop review Guitarist magazine
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.