Kathleen Volkaert, Austin, TX
Erin Thelen, Austin, TX
I’ve had a few electric customs built, but never an acoustic guitar. I commissioned Jim to build me two guitars, an OM and an OO.
I had lots of say about what all I wanted in the sound, neck size, bla bla bla . . .Long story even shorter . . . OMG!!
Both of these guitars speak, sing and even scream controllably. The sound is so much better than any other acoustics I’ve ever owned or played. The weight is unreal light and its resonance and responsiveness is only what I've dreamt of. The attention to detail is something else; the quality of the build, finish, inlay, setup & action . . . amazing, not to mention the Feiten Tuning System - it’s in tune ANYWHERE on the neck!
I’m an electric (Telecaster) guy but have played plenty of acoustic guitars on recordings most of my life (well, not all of it yet), having played some of the best brands known to man, the better ones owned by rich and famous folks that I’ve been lucky enough to record with, but these two guitars beat them all.
Jim is a great person and a gifted builder, but I believe I am the lucky one. The OO belongs to my beautiful bride Kathleen, and she is still speechless.
Thank you Jim!
Redd Volkaert, Austin, TX
wannabe guitar player.
"Redd's doing pretty good for a 'wannabe guitar player' if you'll notice his Grammy sitting on the shelf behind him." ---- Jim
"Easily the most unique/ best sounding acoustic I have had the pleasure of playing. The personalized specifications and aesthetics make the guitar your own. When I went to Jim asking if he could put a stingray barb from a stingray I had caught in Galveston in the guitar somewhere, he said let's put it in the peg head! What a crazy but great idea. It looks fantastic! The superior knowledge and guidance Jim gives is on another level. Thank you Jimmy!"
Jake Castellano, San Antonio, TX
Grammy award winner, Redd Volkaert. Check out his CD's and schedule at www.reddvolkaert.com
" Two days before my J Burton guitar arrived, I was in a local guitar shop and I played a couple custom shop Gibson/Martin guitars. They sounded fine- until Jim's guitar arrived, and I played it. How can a guitar sound twice as good, at half the price? I could go on and on about the attention to detail, and excellent customer service, but what matters is the sound. It's incredible. You owe it to yourself to buy a guitar from this fine craftsman."
Vic Richard, Minneapolis, Minnesota
My Martin Guitar My Martin guitar has a decent tone. It has intonation problems. I would usually re-tune based on the key I was playing in. I loaned the Martin to my daughter who is playing gigs in Denton and needs an electrified acoustic (it has the Fishman system). My JB Guitar My guitar has a strong, mid to high end sound. Sustain - on and on and on. Jim installed a K&K Sound pickup system. The look...just look at the pics. I forget how many coats a lacquer he puts on. I just grab it, put it under a light and “wow” the crowd. The wood and the craftsmanship...just beautiful! Playability- easiest playing acoustic guitar I’ve ever had. Certainly easier than my Martin, or any Martin I’ve played for that matter…which brings me back, finally, to intonation. To my ear the intonation is flawless. A few weeks ago I clamped a tuner on the headstock and played a bunch of random, single notes, all above the twelfth fret, and scattered over all six strings. EVERY note was right on pitch. After about twenty five or so I got bored and quit.
Greg Thelen, Austin, TX
Jim is a skilled craftsman who is passionate about building guitars. All of his guitars are beautiful with a great sound and mine is no exception - it's gorgeous, easy to play and has a wonderful tone! I only have about a year's experience playing guitar but I'm so glad I got this one rather than something 'off the shelf'. I am confident that it will take me as far as I want to go in refining my skills.
Beth Alley, Elgin, TX
In a nutshell, Jimmy Burton has built the finest steel string guitar that I could have ever hoped to own........It is a unique experience being able to specify down to the millimeter critical dimensions such as string spacing and fret board width based on my hand size and playing style; this has resulted in a product that is a perfect fit for me.........I got to watch pieces of wood I had selected magically assemble, picture by picture on the website into a beautiful instrument via periodic “Construction Photos” that he would post.......As completion neared, I eagerly awaited the delivery of my new baby. I opened the case and found the guitar had arrived unharmed by the shipping process and even more visually stunning than the photos had portrayed. I tuned up and begin to get acquainted. I even put it to a blind fold listening test with my wife, who has a very discerning and knowledgeable musical ear, comparing it with a Martin guitar I had been playing. She chose the tone of the J. Burton guitar every time.
Rick Connell, Shrewsbury, MA
"Looks great, plays easily, sounds big and wonderful. Built precisely to spec, pretty much flawless. If the house were burning, I'd grab it first before getting out. Comparable to custom instruments that cost much more. (been playing 50 years this year.)
Rusty Todd, Austin, TX
" ........Now that I have it in the same room where I play other guitars I can make individious comparisons: the volume of this one really stands out, the bass/mid/treble balance seems ideal, and best of all the richness of the tone is just amazing- the sound comes to life like no other guitar I've played.
The fact that it's also an EASY guitar to play seems to violate some law of guitar genetics, but I'll take it."
Scott Mitchell, San Antonio, TX
"The guitar came this afternoon. This is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen or played, ever. It's absolutely amazing! I can't thank you enough."
Josh Connell, Norfolk, VA
"My guitar plays like 'buttah', has tone to the bone, and is so beautiful it can bring tears to my eyes. Thank you for the wonderful instrument, and the fun and pleasure I had in following its design and construction."
Joe Dickie, Austin, TX
I am absolutely in love with my new Burton Guitar. Having come from playing and performing with other great brands of guitars (Takamine and Martin), nothing compares to the comfortability and timbre of my Burton guitar. I have been performing around Austin with the Burton guitar for 6+ months now and it is such a joy to play. It is obvious that Jimmy Burton knows his craft and is talented at what he does. He puts a great amount of care, expertise and love into crafting amazing guitars that not only look amazing but sound the part. Since I was able to select the size, shape, woods, and all features to this guitar, it is difficult to put the instrument down. My family loves Burton guitars (we have a total of four guitars in the family). Each guitar is unique and beautiful in sound and look. I highly recommend Burton guitars to any musician who appreciates beautifully crafted acoustic guitars!