Luthier

Swannell Guitars

Luthier
Jamie Swannell
Location
Ely, UK
Founded
2017

Known for being responsive and well-balanced, Jamie Swannell's guitars are meticulously crafted, with a focus on sustainable, local, and ethically sourced materials.

Jamie is actively engaged in the Leonardo Guitar Research Project, which promotes the sentiment that great guitars can be built with non-tropical woods. He builds his instruments with an understated, elegant aesthetic that puts all the attention on tone and timber.

“Above all, the guitar should be played and a great guitar should inspire. My work as a luthier is all about achieving that sweet spot where aesthetics, playability and great sound combine.”

A graduate of the Newark College of Guitar Making (from which he won 'Outstanding Guitar Making Student of the Year'), Jamie's aim is to make instruments with such excellent fit, finish and playability that they "go unnoticed" once the musician is immersed in playing. No less important, his commitment to sustainability has led him to mindfully use native European and reclaimed woods on his guitars whenever possible, and he donates to the reforestation project One Tree Planted each time he completes a guitar.

Understanding the history and provenance of the timbers we use adds to the story of a custom made guitar, and while some tropical species can be intensely beautiful, there's beauty too in the humility and modesty of most non-tropical wood.

Jamie Swannell

The Guitars

Swannell acoustics are available in three models...

Models

00 OM MD

00

Sweet and compact, but with a surprising dynamic range and powerful bass.

Specs below are Jamie's standard offerings included in the base price. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Body length
18.5"
Upper bout
9.13"
Waist
7.5"
Lower bout
13.4"
Depth
3.93"
Standard specifications
Top
European spruce
Back and sides
Cherry or Black walnut
Fingerboard
Rocklite (Ebano or Sundari)
Fretboard radius
12" to 16" compound
Neck
Reclaimed/FSC mahogany
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Body finish
Satin lacquer top; oil back, sides and neck
Scale length
25"
Nut width
1.75"
String spacing
2.25"

OM

The versatile, mid-sized all-rounder, offering more bass but with balance and focus.

Specs below are Jamie's standard offerings included in the base price. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Body length
19.7"
Upper bout
11"
Waist
9.2"
Lower bout
15.2"
Depth
4.13"
Standard specifications
Top
European spruce
Back and sides
Cherry or Black walnut
Fingerboard
Rocklite (Ebano or Sundari)
Fretboard radius
12" to 16" compound
Neck
Reclaimed/FSC mahogany
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Body finish
Satin lacquer top; oil back, sides and neck
Scale length
25.5"
Nut width
1.75"
String spacing
2.25"

MD

The large-bodied MD brings powerful bass and drive, making it perfect for accompaniment and rhythm, but with the sensitivity for fingerstyle, too.

Specs below are Jamie's standard offerings included in the base price. Customizations and upgrades are available for Bespoke orders.

Dimensions
Body length
20.5"
Upper bout
11.6"
Waist
10.25"
Lower bout
16"
Depth
4.13"
Standard specifications
Top
European spruce
Back and sides
Cherry or Black walnut
Fingerboard
Rocklite (Ebano or Sundari)
Fretboard radius
12" to 16" compound
Neck
Reclaimed/FSC mahogany
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Body finish
Satin lacquer top; oil back, sides and neck
Scale length
25.5"
Nut width
1.75"
String spacing
2.25"

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All our guitars come with an appraisal period meaning easy returns if you’re not satisfied