I’ve been playing my ‘signature’ RFJ1 by Case Guitars for eight years now. I’m partial to Goldtops and I love the ‘Stormy Mondays’ by Bare Knuckle Pickups so I like to think of this as my ‘Fillmore East’ guitar, although it’s capable of so much more! It’s a stunning piece of craftsmanship by Jon Case and it continues to amaze and inspire me every time I open the case.
J3 Florentine Hollow body
My Case is just such an incredible instrument, it’s so inspiring to play, this guitar is fast becoming my number 1!
"Fabulous retro yet modern look. Very cool!
"It's an absolute joy. Amazing quality build and incredible tones ... love it!"
" I'm really chuffed with it. Thinking about asking Jon to make me another instrument. His guitars are so good"
"Hi Jon have done an A/B comparison between the J1 Special and my '59 Les Paul and in a blind test you would be hard pressed to tell the difference. The J1 has Bare knuckle Stormy Mondays and the '59 has Bare knuckle Mules. The only difference is I think the J1 special in neck position is slightly more articulate."
J1 CLASSIC (Ex demo)
"The J1 Classic that I bought from you, and have now gigged, is an outstanding instrument in all respects. It does everything I need a guitar to do, has a great Les Paul DNA and lots more besides. Intonation and action are perfect for me, as my style requires me to use the whole fretboard - just can,t put it down!! Many thanks."
J1 SPECIAL Vintage Series
"Jon's take on my vintage favourites.... late fifties Les Paul Junior and mid-fifties Les Paul Black Beauty, re-interpreted and re-mastered to satisfy my jumbled guitar lust! A truly remarkable guitar."
J1 STANDARD & J3 SEMI-HOLLOW
"All of your guitars are gems! I love the J1 for the pure fatness of the tone, the weight, the chunky heavy feel and sustain. I've been playing the J3 for a week now and I can't put it down, it does everything I want a guitar to do, inspires me to play better and sounds incredible".
APJV CARVED TOP
"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
J2 FLAT TOP
"The bass was in my face and the highs made my nature rise".
SKIP McDONALD - LITTLE AXE
J2 FLAT TOP / J3 SEMI-HOLLOW
"The most inspiring guitars I've seen in years".
MAXI JAZZ - FAITHLESS
"A work of art and it sounds great. Wide tonal palette. Might take some of my acoustic numbers in a slightly different direction. Cracking blues sounds too. Magic. The customised neck feels like an old friend already".
RFJ1 GOLD TOP Roy Fulton signature model
"From the first sight and play I knew it was a very classy instrument and so easy to play - I used it the day after delivery at a gig".
"I honestly couldn't be happier with the guitar. With the amp cranked right up and the guitar sounded absolutely fantastic"!
PHIL AND KIRSTY
"Well have spent a bit more time with the J1'59 now and I have to say that did not think I would put the Strat down but it has not really had a look in recently. The J1 is just so easy to play, the neck is really comfortable and the notes just ring out, I have never spent too much time up at the dusty end but this is just as clear as a bell up there and the notes ring out everywhere you just want to hang onto them. The Stormy Mondays are a perfect fit once you get tuned into them and what they can do especially with both on and just rolling back the vol on the bridge the vocal clarity comes through. I am sure I will get back to the strat because it is just so good but the J1 is a real go to guitar. Dammed impressive".
J1 DOUBLE CUT
"Jon, it's absolutely gorgeous and looks exactly as I wanted ! You are a great builder and the equal of any of the US builders... I love it. So glad it all worked out".
J1' 57 GOLDTOP Vintage Series
"I had the J1'57 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. OMG what have you created this time! It's monster. What a tone and blimey it's so easy to play - that neck spec is absolute perfection, it almost plays itself. I absolutely love it"!!
TIM MILLS - FOUNDER AND MD OF BARE KNUCKLE PICKUPS bareknucklebluesband
J3 SEMI-HOLLOW & J3 HOLLOW
"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. An amazing guitar"!
PHIL ROBSON - JAZZ GUITARIST AND COMPOSER philrobson
J3 HOLLOW BODY
I took my J3 to Auden Guitars in Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire to test it on a dedicated acoustic amplifier. I coupled it with the Schertler Unico Deluxe 280W monster and it was a combination made in heaven. As a credit to Jon, the Head Luthier – Rob - called the others to look at the J3, and listen to its tone. He described it as something which was made by a Master Craftsman; that is simply what Jon Case is. I felt blessed to be able to own such an instrument.
J1'59 BURST Vintage Series
"Stunning Jon, that's all there is to it. You've raised the bar in terms of quality and tone so much so that I think there's few that can touch you now. The J1'59 balances perfectly on the strap and optimises the playing angle for the neck with access being virtually flawless. Combining that beautiful neck profile and heel with the large frets makes for a playing experience second to none. The guitar speaks through you and translates every nuance of your playing in such an exact and precise way it literally sings".
TIM MILLS - FOUNDER AND MD OF BARE KNUCKLE PICKUPS bareknucklebluesband
"My new APJ1 Case guitar is 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.
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.
Fans will be able to see and hear it in action during the upcoming October tour. 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 wishboneash.com
J25 SEMI-HOLLOW DOUBLE CUTAWAY
"The J2 Double Cutaway is flawless in my opinion. The weight is perfect making the guitar extremely well balanced. Like all Jon's guitars the string length is so accurate that playing close voicings, incorporating open strings up and above the 15th fret is impeccable. The Bare Knuckle 'Rebel yell' pickups sound superb. The growl of the bridge will make any Marshall rumble and you can get anything from a dark round sound to a bright Hendrix tone on the front. The Pigtail aluminium bridge gives the guitar an incredible light touch and breathtaking tone, simply playing the string acoustically indicates how fantastic the guitar will sound amplified. Jon has made the size and depth ideal and with a rosewood fingerboard and jumbo frets it is incredible responsive making every note ring beautifully. If it's blistering lines or delicate chord voicings, funk rhythms or driving riffs this guitar will cover them all effortlessly, superb instrument".
SIMON GOLDING - JAZZ FUSION GUITARIST AND COMPOSER
Satisfied customer John collecting his 60th birthday commission from Jon Case.
"The most inspiring guitars I've seen in years"