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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  • Jeremy Mesenger

    Jeremy Mesenger Kelowna

    Jim is great at setting up guitars! He's helped so many including myself, in giving Cool options on electric guitars. Jim is a good guitarist which helps him Relate to singer/guitarists like myself as he understands the issues that occur with electrics. If you haven't got anyone to help you with your guitar... Call Jim and you'll be taken care of. Best Regards, Jeremy Messenger

    Jim is great at setting up guitars!
    He's helped so many including myself, in giving
    Cool options on electric guitars.
    Jim is a good guitarist which helps him
    Relate to singer/guitarists like myself as he understands the issues that occur with electrics.
    If you haven't got anyone to help you with your guitar... Call Jim and you'll be taken care of.
    Best Regards,
    Jeremy Messenger

  • Wayne Russell

    Wayne Russell Kelowna

    I have a variety of guitars and had them all set up by Jim. Most recently he worked on my 59 Les Paul Jr. He brought it to life and treated it like it was his own. I Jim appreciate his professionalism and pride he takes in his work. If you need guitar work this is the place! Thanks Jim.

    I have a variety of guitars and had them all set up by Jim. Most recently he worked on my 59 Les Paul Jr.
    He brought it to life and treated it like it was his own.
    I Jim appreciate his professionalism and pride he takes in his work. If you need guitar work this is the place!
    Thanks Jim.

  • Keith Bieber

    Keith Bieber Vernon BC

    If you need repairs or fret work done Jim is the guy you need to see. He is passionate about guitars and provides very exacting workmanship. He strikes me as someone who isn’t happy until you are. I am extremely pleased with the work he did on my 40 year old Ovation Legend guitar as well as my Fender Stratocaster. I highly recommend him.

    If you need repairs or fret work done Jim is the guy you need to see. He is passionate about guitars and provides very exacting workmanship. He strikes me as someone who isn’t happy until you are. I am extremely pleased with the work he did on my 40 year old Ovation Legend guitar as well as my Fender Stratocaster. I highly recommend him.

  • Blake Dixon (Longwing guitars)

    Blake Dixon (Longwing guitars) Kelowna B.C.

    Feb 8 2014 7:44 PM I just wanted to say I get all my guitars set up by Jim. I am a builder however even the best made guitars won't play well or even at all unless you have set them up properly. That's where Jim comes into the picture. I love to build guitars but set up I leave to him completely. He recieves fro me a fresh built guitar with the bridge attached and then the magic begins. When I get a guitar back it plays unbelievable. It sounds amazing and is taken care of so well. I can't say enough about Jim's workmen ship. He brings life to my guitars. Will be using Jim exclusively for all my builds. Longwing guitars

    Feb 8 2014 7:44 PM
    I just wanted to say I get all my guitars set up by Jim. I am a builder however even the best made guitars won't play well or even at all unless you have set them up properly. That's where Jim comes into the picture. I love to build guitars but set up I leave to him completely. He recieves fro me a fresh built guitar with the bridge attached and then the magic begins. When I get a guitar back it plays unbelievable. It sounds amazing and is taken care of so well. I can't say enough about Jim's workmen ship. He brings life to my guitars. Will be using Jim exclusively for all my builds.
    Longwing guitars

  • Brian Burnham

    Brian Burnham Kelowna

    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..!

    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..!

  • Tim Allen

    Tim Allen Kelowna.

    I've had Jim work on a few of my guitars over the years. Jim's work is exceptional, my accoustic was a pawn shop special that I dragged around the planet with me for 15 years it got to the point where it was almost unplayable. Jim internated straightened out the neck filed some frets and now it plays unreal. Everyone always comments on how well it plays. Jim also built a telecaster for me which I think is an anomaly because no matter how rough I am with that thing it always stays in tune. I will be going back to Jim to get a Bigsby attached. I have no hesitations recommending Jim's work to anyone interested in buying a guitar or getting one worked on.

    I've had Jim work on a few of my guitars over the years. Jim's work is exceptional, my accoustic was a pawn shop special that I dragged around the planet with me for 15 years it got to the point where it was almost unplayable. Jim internated straightened out the neck filed some frets and now it plays unreal. Everyone always comments on how well it plays. Jim also built a telecaster for me which I think is an anomaly because no matter how rough I am with that thing it always stays in tune. I will be going back to Jim to get a Bigsby attached. I have no hesitations recommending Jim's work to anyone interested in buying a guitar or getting one worked on.

  • Kim Foreman

    Kim Foreman Kelowna, BC

    As a vocal teacher and performer myself, I'm blown away by Jim's talent! No wonder he's in such demand as a guitar player in Kelowna!

    As a vocal teacher and performer myself, I'm blown away by Jim's talent! No wonder he's in such demand as a guitar player in Kelowna!

I love to talk guitars and am always open to sales and/or trades.
Give me a call or text anytime at 250.317.5233  9am - 9pm