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Jim is a unique combination of guitar master, repair guru and great guy. His passion for the guitar shows through everything he does; I am loving the custom Tele he sold me last year. You can't go wrong with sending your babies to Jim. He'll take great care of them as he did with my Strat. Thanks brother..!”

— Brian Burnham, Kelowna

I fell in love with the guitar when I was 10 and I've been a working musician since I was 15 as a drummer, bassist, guitarist and lead vocalist. Top 40, Classic Rock and Country have been my musical mainstays and I've worked as a studio musician in Vancouver and throughout BC.

You may have heard me locally fronting a classic rock band, playing in a duo with my wife, sitting in with a local dance band or performing a show of originals with a singer/songwriter.

Through years of playing small clubs in Northern BC, I became my own guitar tech out of necessity, starting out just repairing my own guitar then doing repairs and setups for my fellow band members. Often, once people played my guitars they would bring me theirs for setup as the difference in playability is significant.

After years of working for other music stores as their setup and repair tech, I opened my own guitar repair shop in 2004 here in Kelowna called JR Guitar. Expanding beyond guitar repair, I now also build Fender style electric guitars - these strats and teles are usually my first choice to play myself.

My repair shop JR Guitar is equipped to do everything from setups to fret work to body repair for both electric and acoustic guitars, basses, mandolins, violins and cellos.

I always have a wide variety of electric and acoustic guitars for sale in stock - Click HERE to see videos of what's for sale right now. If there is something specific you're interested in, just give me a call and I can keep an eye out for you. Because I am a small shop, I am also always interested in trading gear as well so if you have an amp or an acoustic guitar you'd like to swap out for a guitar or bass, give me a call at 250.317.5233 *Please call before dropping by.

Jim is interviewed by CBC Radio on December 8, 2015 about his extensive guitar collection and passion for the instrument. Click HERE to listen to the interview.
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  • Tony
    Tony Koenen
    I have a 70 yr old Gibson j45 and have issues from time to time as it gets well used. I recently had a fan brace that came undone under the top of the body. Very tricky fix. Jim repaired it perfect for me and I was back playing her in just a few days. Jim has replaced frets and, well anything that's needed, he does. He is a specialist when it comes to tune- ups. If your guitar is playing or sounding off, he's defiantly the guy who will bring it back to life. And his prices are from yesterday. If I could give 6 stars on his business I would!

    I have a 70 yr old Gibson j45 and have issues from time to time as it gets well used. I recently had a fan brace that came undone under the top of the body. Very tricky fix. Jim repaired it perfect for me and I was back playing her in just a few days. Jim has replaced frets and, well anything that's needed, he does. He is a specialist when it comes to tune- ups. If your guitar is playing or sounding off, he's defiantly the guy who will bring it back to life. And his prices are from yesterday. If I could give 6 stars on his business I would!

  • Matt P
    Matt P Kelowna
    Jim did an excellent job installing a few parts on my stratocaster. He gives great advice, and he's a very friendly. I wouldn't go anywhere else to have my guitars looked at.

    Jim did an excellent job installing a few parts on my stratocaster. He gives great advice, and he's a very friendly. I wouldn't go anywhere else to have my guitars looked at.

  • Randy K.
    Randy K. Castlegar, BC
    Passing on my dad's 1923 Leedy Tenor banjo to my daughter and wanted to get it checked out first. The banjo is 96 years old, hasn't been played since the 60's and has always been strung. Found JR Guitar Repair online, and with nothing but straight 5/5 ratings, knew Jim was the guy. Spot on estimate, excellent work and very reasonable price. My daughter and I are thrilled! Thanks again Jim!

    Passing on my dad's 1923 Leedy Tenor banjo to my daughter and wanted to get it checked out first. The banjo is 96 years old, hasn't been played since the 60's and has always been strung. Found JR Guitar Repair online, and with nothing but straight 5/5 ratings, knew Jim was the guy. Spot on estimate, excellent work and very reasonable price. My daughter and I are thrilled! Thanks again Jim!

  • Susane Paquet
    Susane Paquet Westbank
    Wow, found Jim online didnt know what to expect.. My old guitar is like a new one. Very good work and great price.

    Wow, found Jim online didnt know what to expect.. My old guitar is like a new one. Very good work and great price.

  • Candace Kaiser
    Candace Kaiser Kelowna
    I took my Mom's 75 year old Ukulele to Jim to have it restored and he did an amazing job ! It needed tuners, strings, fret work and repair of some cracks and it came back to life like new !! My Mom loved it ..over the moon ..and it was a wonderful surprise for her. She's 87 years old and bought the Uke when she was 12. It was very affordable and Jim was such a pleasure to deal with. Thank you Jim !

    I took my Mom's 75 year old Ukulele to Jim to have it restored and he did an amazing job ! It needed tuners, strings, fret work and repair of some cracks and it came back to life like new !! My Mom loved it ..over the moon ..and it was a wonderful surprise for her. She's 87 years old and bought the Uke when she was 12. It was very affordable and Jim was such a pleasure to deal with. Thank you Jim !

  • Dacoda Nevens
    Dacoda Nevens Kelowna
    Heard of jim through a friend of mine. You won’t get better service any where else! Always friendly! Always willing to educate! And if you’re lucky he’ll let you pick up one of his strats lol. Jim does fantastic work, is a great musician and I’ll continue to bring my Axes to to JR

    Heard of jim through a friend of mine. You won’t get better service any where else! Always friendly! Always willing to educate! And if you’re lucky he’ll let you pick up one of his strats lol. Jim does fantastic work, is a great musician and I’ll continue to bring my Axes to to JR

  • Cate
    Cate Kelowna
    Jim set up my new Seagull SG Burst ukulele for me, and it looks and feels and plays 100 times better than when I brought it to him. Great work, clear communication, wonderful outcome, and surprisingly affordable. I will be bringing my other ukes to Jim. I know he'll make a difference.

    Jim set up my new Seagull SG Burst ukulele for me, and it looks and feels and plays 100 times better than when I brought it to him.

    Great work, clear communication, wonderful outcome, and surprisingly affordable. I will be bringing my other ukes to Jim. I know he'll make a difference.