Stephen John Guitars
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Welcome to West Cumbria's premiere acoustic guitar workshop. On the border of the Lake District National Park, Stephen J Terry creates beautiful hand-crafted acoustic guitars using traditional tools and skills coupled with the finest tonewoods. The end result? Instruments that not only look good but sound great, with a wonderful balance of tone and playability.

Stephen works closely with his customers so that each instrument becomes meaningful to the player and gives him or her many years of pleasure. From initial conception through to construction and aftercare, you can be assured of a quality experience from a seasoned maker.


Making guitars tends to go hand in hand with repair and restoration. The workshop is fully equipped to deal with everything from basic set-ups, refretting and neck re-profiling to full-on restoration. Several guitars have been brought into 'surgery' with broken necks and headstocks and gone out again as good as new.


To discuss the creation of a guitar as unique as you are, or to bring a guitar in for repair and restoration, please e-mail

Please note that this website is currently undergoing important changes. We apologise for any broken links in advance as we update to bring you a better experience.

Left: A Stephen John acoustic photographed in the Lake District National Park.