About Us

All Kinkade instruments are only constructed from solid, premium grade timbers known for their tonality, strength and beauty. Soundboards are constructed from Sitka Spruce. Other options are: European Spruce, Engleman Spruce and occasionally Western Red Cedar. Materials for backs and sides are mostly Brazilian Mahogany, Indian Rosewood, and Walnut or figured Maple/Sycamore. Brazilian Rosewood, Koa, and Tasmanian Blackwood can be used, depending on availability. Most guitar necks are constructed from Mahogany and have adjustable trussrods, soundhole accessible whenever possible.

A unique feature of Kinkade guitars is their solid wood scratch plate – usually a thin slice of walnut on flat top models, as it is light and durable.

Jonny always endeavours to ensure that the finished product surpasses all expectations. Over the many years Jonny has refined a very special skill of translating the sound the musician holds in their head. Most notably of all, Kinkade guitars become imbued with the character and soul of both their creator and their player, which is exactly why Jonny’s customers return for their next guitar, again and again.

Some of Jonny’s thoughts

Whilst making my guitars, I often look at the planks of wood I am using, and wonder whether the young saplings knew what journey lay ahead of them as they grew into mature trees. They probably thought they would eventually die and decay, continuing the eco system of the forest they originally inhabited. Instead the ‘spirit’ of the tree is transported half way around the world and brought into my workshop. As a luthier, I invest a great deal of love, attention and dedication upon these timbers, propelling them on another journey they could never have imagined.

My time is spent cherishing this material into a new life, the birth of a unique instrument Finally when the whole production process is completed, the wood continues yet another stage of its journey, developing a brand new relationship with a musician who has been eagerly awaiting its arrival. (Who knows what great works of art will develop from this new ‘liaison’.) Most musicians begin this love affair by commissioning their instrument, watching it take shape, having carefully chosen those certain characteristics that will produce THE sound they yearn for in their head. As a Luthier I am in effect the ‘surrogate father to these babies’. I set about making their dreams a reality. Some of my methods may appear unscientific but rest assured they are the product of years of hands-on experience and craftsman’s intuition. Guitar making is a highly complicated process that continues to provide a life time’s satisfaction, keeping the brain fully occupied and the hands working.

Guitar making has remained my passion for three decades as a ‘labour of love’ and indeed my ‘life-blood’.

My life’s work now documented

After 30 years I decided it was time to record my thoughts and philosophies on the art and craft of luthiery for prosperity and have written a book called: “Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar”. I was ably assisted by my beautiful and talented wife Carol Campbell (better not forget her or I’ll be in trouble!!!!!!!!!).

As well as being a detailed insight into one person’s craftsmanship, showing in close-up my obsession for perfection and detail; it is also a beautifully photographed display of many of my creations. It is published in USA by Hal Leonard and in UK by Batsford. (See Main Menu Book for further details and ordering information.)

During the past ten years, I’ve enjoyed increasing success as a watercolour artist and have held several successful exhibitions in the South West of England. Having been inspired by the strange shaped guitars painted by Cubist masters, I designed a Cubist guitar based on Braque’s painting ‘Bottle of Marc’, which combined the worlds of art and music (see Main Menu ‘Models’ for more info).