Testimonials

Here are a few of the artists that have purchased custom-made Brown Bear guitars.

Jessica Lajner (musician/model)

Ralph Clark (Jonesin' and the Hurt)


Here are some comments from satisfied Brown Bear Guitar players:

Lucas Haneman

"I have had my Brown Bear Guitar for just over two years and in that time it has become my number one electric. I get compliments all the time for its unique sound and appearance. As a player, I truly feel that such a one-of-a-kind and sturdy handmade instrument is extremely rare. Thank you, Jesse for handcrafting versatile guitars that allow an artist to unleash their inner voice!"



Tony Berns
"Jesse Brown is an upward-bound young luthier with the unique ability to craft solid, quality instruments for the working guitarist. They combine good looks, sturdy practicality and an attractive price point with great sound and playability. I would not hesitate to tour with one of Jesse's guitars and that's the highest praise a working musician can give."



Johnny Friedman (Three Chief Tribe)
"Almost 2 years ago, I asked Jesse Brown what kind of guitar I should purchase, and he said, “Buy one?!?" I looked at him, flabbergasted. He then said that we would embark on a journey together to build what would become my OWN CUSTOM GUITAR. Not only did Jesse help me build my guitar every step of the way, he helped create the sound I desired. And thus, after 50 hours of labour, Luna was born! Brown Bear Guitars is the place you go when you want a one-of-a kind masterpiece that’s YOURS; not the one that belongs to EVERYONE ELSE. Thanks, Jesse, not only for an awesome experience and a masterpiece but for a guitar that’s mine in every way."

Jeffrey Cohen
"I had been searching for that perfect telecaster for several months, when I stumbled upon some of Jesse's fine handmade guitars happened to be on sale. The one that caught my eye was a swamp ash Telecaster with a flame maple neck and birdseye maple fingerboard. I immediately fell in love with the feel of the neck, the perfect intonation and the classic tele tone. The guitar has Dimarzio Area T pickups which are noiseless and have plenty of warmth. The Schaller locking tuners are a pleasure. The body has both a tummy tuck and an armrest, sort of strat style, making it comfortable to play for hours. I would compare this guitar to anything coming out of that famous maker's custom shop. It rocks, it twangs and it feels great in my hands. All that and made in Canada!"

Jim Welters
"I was familiar with Jesse's work from seeing pictures on Gretsch-Talk. I wanted a new guitar to commemorate my 50th birthday, combining features of my favourite models. I contacted him, told him what I wanted (only made a few changes as things went on) and he got to work right away. Throughout the build, he contacted me regularly with updates, including photos, and asked questions when needed. A few short months later I had it my hand and it was perfect. The neck especially is the best one I've played bar none and I've owned a lot of guitars. I've never played a guitar where the acoustic sound and electric sound were perfectly matched - lively and responsive plugged or unplugged. Great looker too. I'm already thinking about ordering another guitar built by Jesse and have recommended him highly to anyone who will listen. Great prices too - a hand-built, custom guitar for less than you'd pay for a proline production model."