James Lister Guitars

Classical guitars, hand made in the Spanish tradition to the highest standards in my workshop in Sheffield.

I make classical guitars that respond to the player’s touch, allowing you to express your own musicality, and not be dominated by the character of the guitar itself. My guitars are light and responsive, with excellent clarity and separation.

Custom Features

Just a few of the options available on your Lister guitar
Elevated fingerboards can help improve access to the upper frets.
My leaf motif rosette is used only on guitars made entirely from non-tropical woods, FSC certified where available.
Rodgers handmade tuners are the highest quality available, and have options for backplate style, engraving pattern, button material and shape, and self-aligning bearings.
Armrests improve player comfort and can be either permanently glued, or removable. Read more.
This traditional rosette has a diamond-patterned central band made of 0.5mm walnut and maple squares, and fine herringbone outer rings.
The V-joint is a traditional method of attaching the head to the neck of the guitar. It was used by Hermann Hauser on his guitars, and although it does not add anything structurally, it looks very elegant.




Sorry, no more exhibitions this year. In 2017 I plan to be exhibiting in Scotland, Germany and England.


A few milestones of note...
Left a career in physics and engineering to pursue a new vocation.
Completed my first 2 years of study in Musical Instrument Technology at London Guildhall University
First commission from overseas (Japan)
Completed a further 2 years of study at Newark College, specialising in Classical Guitars.
First International Exhibition at the GFA in Los Angeles, California.
Completed my 100th guitar!
Continuing to develop my own guitar design, and promoting use of non-tropical hardwoods.