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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  • 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.

  • Brian

    Brian West Kelowna

    Happen to find Jim while googling guitar setup in Kelowna. Read some reviews and decided to have him work on my lefty Strat. It's a tough guitar to get nice low action and he was able to get mine to where I've been wanting it for quite a while. Great job and very personable, I highly recommend his skill for your guitar setup!!

    Happen to find Jim while googling guitar setup in Kelowna. Read some reviews and decided to have him work on my lefty Strat. It's a tough guitar to get nice low action and he was able to get mine to where I've been wanting it for quite a while. Great job and very personable, I highly recommend his skill for your guitar setup!!

  • John H.

    John H. West Kelowna

    After moving to BC, found my 50 year old guitar had been 'compromised' during transit. Jim undertook a structural repair, which was well crafted and invisible. Jim went on to polish the frets and fretboard and hand carve a new bone bridge with a full set up. Work was done promptly, professionally and the guitar has never sounded this good. The set up greatly enhanced resonance and tone on all notes and chords. It's better than new. Impressive workmanship and knowledgable, and generous with time and effort. Excellent value for minimal cost. Thank you Jim.

    After moving to BC, found my 50 year old guitar had been 'compromised' during transit. Jim undertook a structural repair, which was well crafted and invisible. Jim went on to polish the frets and fretboard and hand carve a new bone bridge with a full set up. Work was done promptly, professionally and the guitar has never sounded this good. The set up greatly enhanced resonance and tone on all notes and chords. It's better than new. Impressive workmanship and knowledgable, and generous with time and effort. Excellent value for minimal cost. Thank you Jim.

  • Alex Quintans

    Alex Quintans Kelowna (from Brazil)

    Just Amazing!!!!! He help me make my squire jaguar bass be a rad fretless bass. Sound perfect and looks hot!!!!!! Thanks!!!!! Ps.: he works accurate and fast!!!!

    Just Amazing!!!!! He help me make my squire jaguar bass be a rad fretless bass. Sound perfect and looks hot!!!!!! Thanks!!!!! Ps.: he works accurate and fast!!!!

  • Terry

    Terry Lake Country

    Jim set up 2 guitars for me - did a great job. Would highly recommend his work to everyone. Thanks, Jim!

    Jim set up 2 guitars for me - did a great job. Would highly recommend his work to everyone. Thanks, Jim!

  • Tom Kennedy

    Tom Kennedy Kelowna

    Jim helped me bring my vintage bass back to life. New strings, new frets, set-up with great intonation all the things that it takes to make instruments do what they are supposed to do. He did it fast and his rates were great. Call this man and let him do work for you!

    Jim helped me bring my vintage bass back to life. New strings, new frets, set-up with great intonation all the things that it takes to make instruments do what they are supposed to do. He did it fast and his rates were great. Call this man and let him do work for you!