John Cruz Custom Guitars

Over the past 40 years, John Cruz has mastered what makes the “S” and “T”-Style guitars some of the most popular musical instruments on Earth. More importantly, he has created ways to get around their inherent limitations.

John’s instruments are the Crossville Series, with two models incorporating the best of all worlds.


Legendary luthier John Cruz has spent a lifetime handcrafting musical instruments for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, open-mic-night heroes and everyone in between. After several decades building at one of the world’s most respected custom shops, he forged his own path to rural Tennessee and is finally able to build guitars 100 percent his way.

Crossville ST.

Body: 2pc Alder

Pick guard: Black covers/knobs same

Pick ups; JC Design set

Switching : 5 way, Dunlop Super pots.

Bridge: Gotoh 510 TS SF2

With Highwood Saddles

Finnish: Whole Lotta Playin


Large C profile

Rosewood cap Fretboard

Matching peg face to match body.

(Very first guitar to feature this)

12” radius - 6100 frets

Gotoh Vintage Staggered keys

JC special aging on neck.

Crossville TL

Body: 2 Pc Alder

Pick guard: 3 ply Black white Black

JC design pick up set

3 way switch/ present day controls

Dunlop Super pots

Gotoh Ti TC1 SN bridge.


Large C profile

Maple cap fretboard

12” radius 6100 frets

Gotoh Vintage Staggered keys

Lighter aging neckwear.