While March Guitars is relatively new, I built my first guitar in the early 1980s.
The J-Walker ancestor was truly a travel guitar and I used it extensively while travelling
through Europe and North Africa for 8 months in 1982.
The guitar was quite innovative at the time: the body and neck were made in one piece
out of composite material, and like the J-Walker it was a " headless" guitar with
the tuning machine on the body. It also included a small speaker and a battery powered
While the guitar had remarkable stability and was great to play rock&roll pretty
much everywhere in any possible conditions, I cannot say it was a great instrument.
Ergonomic was not optimal, but mostly it lacked the warm tone and personality that
I am looking for in a electric guitar (I have several electric guitars, including
some vintage instruments).
A few years ago, I decided it was time to revisit the concept of a compact guitar.
First because I always wanted a guitar easy to carry around. But also because playing
for hours with a solid body electric guitar was tough on the back of any guitar player.
The goals were set high, the guitar had to be able to stand up to the best guitars
on the market for sound and sustain, with excellent ergonomics (balance and comfort),
and a look that can instantly be associated to an electric guitar. But most important,
it had to be an excellent instrument that any demanding musician would be proud of.
It took more than two years of development to reach the goal. I believe the J-Walker
March Guitars are built without compromise in small quantities, using processes closer
to luthier work than large scale guitar manufacturing. Still I make everything I
can to keep the price affordable, to allow as many musicians as possible enjoy a
great compact guitar.