"I bought this guitar hoping that it would exceed the build quality and playability of the Les Paul special.
This Mallory J9 exceeded my expectations significantly. It represents the culmination of incredible build
quality, dedication, and top shelf components. This is likely the finest guitar I have owned or played.
Out of the box, the intonation and action were perfect, and I mean perfect. Perfectly intonated up the
neck and without dead spots or buzzing. The fret work is second to none. Not a sharp edge to be found,
and the medium frets feel slick on the fingers. Even after subjecting the guitar to higher humidity, the
neck remained stable and did not require a truss adjustment.
The Fit and Finish of the J9 is exceptional. From the Tru-Oil stain to the immaculate and accurate routing
and contouring, the guitar was without blemish. All parts are symmetrical in how they are positioned on
the guitar. Everything seems to have a modicum of thoughtfulness behind it. The cutaway allows for
great access to the upper frets. The controls are positioned well. The guitar is beautifully balanced.
There is a theme of slight distressing on the guitar that gives it an elegant look. The mortise and tenon
joint is precise and well designed. The cuts of wood are excellent, from the rosewood to the Spanish
Cedar. The neck is very strong and resists warping due to its 3-piece design. Every component is as it
should be and there are no shortcuts taken in its assembly.
I played the guitar through numerous amplifiers and pedals. The Righteous Tone P90s are an absolute
joy to hear. They growl when asked, and can whisper with clarity. The interplay between the tone knob
and volume knob unlocks a seemingly infinite pallet of tones; all useful and all vigorous. The guitar holds
its tuning very well and rarely requires interacting with the tuners. I used it for all manner of music from
rock, to blues, to country, to rockabilly, and jazz. It even sounded wonderful for all manner of
strumming and chording.
The Mallory J9 is where the tone road stops for me. I’m not sure what else one could ever need in his or
her guitar arsenal. But, among the 3 or 4 must have guitars for a musician, this guitar sits at the front of
the pack. My only complaint is that I did not acquire this guitar earlier in my playing career.
If you are looking for a top quality hand made guitar that performs exceptionally and sounds as good as
it looks, look no further. The Mallory J9 is it."
-Bill Sheehan, NJ (09/12/21)
" Still going strong. Still by far, the most bang for the buck I've ever spent on a guitar. Does everything well. Never goes out of tune. Sounds like a million bucks. Never sees its case, it is always out right in front of the amp. Played all the time. I love the smell (faint) of the Spanish cedar and how it vibrates like a tuning fork when played."
-Bill Sheehan, NJ (12/22/22)
"Fox Fletcher hand built the most incredible guitar I have. Custom made and crafted for me in New Mexico. I played the prototypes of his Mallory guitar line and was able to pinpoint with him exactly what I wanted out of a guitar. From the woods to the pickups to the neck width. It was a process of love. Fox sent me videos from start to finish. When I play this guitar, I can feel the love, time and dedication that went into this unique build. It comes through the sound. I highly recommend Fox Fletcher of Mallory Guitars for your next build. If you are craving a guitar that will be with you a lifetime and bring you Joy, look no further. Thank you Fox Fletcher and Mallory guitars for my beautiful guitar and for your eye to detail. I also want to thank you for the great service which made me feel welcomed and listened to the entire process."
-Brandon Perrault, NM (02/15/22)