Celebrate John Lawlor. All 350JLS on sale while supplies last

Truly the patriarch of Tenor jazz today, John Lawlors smooth transitions and eloquent performance is perfectly portrayed on his signature model, the 350JLS John Lalwor Signature Tenor Guitar. Crafted in the finest hand-selected Solid Sitka Spruce, Solid Mahogany and Canadian Maple, The 350JLS is a confident and trustworthy Heirloom Jazz guitar like no other available today.

Available in 3 color pallets, the 350JLS is your virtual time machine to a time when quality was a priority, value for your hard-earned dollar was present and manufacturers made customer satisfaction their priority. At Craven Tenor Guitars those principles have never changed.

Right now you can save $300 off your 350JLS by purchasing from our available inventory. Sorry no back orders are available and the sale is subject to available inventory only.

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Irish tuning a songbird? Absolutley.

Cavin Michael McNutt creates the music that takes your heart on a flight to the Emerald Isle. With every recording Michael makes, the warn and yet bright tones of the Songbird ring clear and vivid in a way you only get from quality solid Sitka, solid Mahogany and Canadian hard maple. Exhilarating and responsive to play in all tunings and comfortable in many genre, The Shari Ulrich Songbird is finding its home around the world. Available in Acoustic, Electro-oustic and left-handed player models, a Songbird is right for you no matter if you’re performing on stage or nestled beside the fireplace in your favorite pub with friends. Visit our website today to explore the possibilities of owning your own Heirloom quality Craven Tenor Guitar.

at last

It’s easy to move from one guitar to the next searching for the one that will make contact with you, that’ll become your forever guitar. At last, you have found the forever friend you’ve been looking for.

Fully Acoustic, Electro Acoustic and Left handed player models, The Shari Ulrich 265 Songbird Signature O Body Tenor Guitar is the ideal performer at home or on stage. Crafted in individually hand-selected solid Sitka Spruce and Solid Mahogany, Model 265 is brilliant and elegant to play. Each model is presented to you in its own Lush Hardshell Case to ensure its protection as it becomes your treasured family heirloom. Find the model that inspires you today.



Our Complete Sister Etta family are now available

Have there ever been more beautiful triplets? In true triplet fashion Sister Etta is a rare variety. With only 15 in total, these sisters won’t be around very long. From the robust 16 inch lower bout to the wide open spaces of the 40mm ( 1 5/8″) Baritone neck, Sister Etta is as beautiful to play as she is stunning to look at. Her voice is clear and bright yet projects rich mellow tones equally clear. Join the select club of 15 owners by choosing your Sister Etta from the remaining 12 today.


Lillian’s Lullaby written and performed by Shari Ulrich

Two time Juno award winning singer-songwriter, Ms.Shari Ulrichs legacy of 25 records and fevered performance schedule keeps Ms Ulrich a captivating entertainer, story teller and humanitarian. Craven Tenor Guitars are honored to work with Ms Ulrich in collaboration to bring Model 265 Shari Ulrich Songbird O Body Tenor Guitar to the stage and tenor guitar community alike.

Hand crafted from hand selected Soundwoods of Sitka Spruce, Mahogany and Canadian Hard Maple, the Songbird is not only a writers companion but a stage-ready performer but don’t be intimidated, its a personable guitar that will become an heirloom you’ll cherish.

Crafted by hand, The Songbird has been fashioned in a broad series of models to accommodate the requirements of Tenor players. Be it acoustic, full Electro-coustic or crafted for Left-handed players, there is a model that will feel right in your hands in any tuning that you choose.

The Shari Ulrich Songbird Signature Model Series 265

Available In these models
Fully Acosutic
Left Handed Electro-Acoustic

Espresso Black Satin,
Natural Satin,
Vintage Sunrise Satin

Scale Length: 23″
Nut Width : 1 1/4″
String spacing at nut: 1.0″
String spacing at bridge: 1 3/8″
Body Length: 17 1/8″
Waist width: 8 7/8″
Upper Bout Width: 9 7/8″
Side depth at endpin 4 1/8″
Top tone wood: Hand Selected Solid Aged Sitka Spruce
Back and Sides: Hand Selected Solid Aged Mahogany
Bracing: X- Braced
Fretboard: Rosewood
Bridge: Rosewood, Nylon Saddle
Neck Wood: Canadian Hard Maple
Neck Binding: Vintage Cream with fret markers
Fret markers: Abalone, Start at 3th fret
Top Binding: Abalone
Sound hole: Full Size
Machine heads: Wilkinson Style Closed
String pegs: Abalone crested Ebony
Strap Pin: 1 Mounted, 1 supplied for personal installation

Strings: .032W, .022W, .014, .010 ~ Ideal for 5ths (CGDA) and Chicago tuning ( DGBE)

Equalizer: Craven XLR8 by Cherub

Case: Embroidered Lush Tweed style locking Hardshell case

No matter the genre you enjoy, the Shari Ulrich Songbird will be a guitar that you will cherish for its clear and bright sound, quality heirloom crafting and professional musician quality.

Explore the many colour and model options today and bring a Songbird to your world.


the great release!

Im so grateful to have the support of customers who have been long-suffering, waiting for their guitars that have been delayed by covid outbreaks and port workers going on strike. Its wonderful to finally be filling these orders this coming week.

I have to share an apology for not having the inventory on hand that I should. Frankly, I underestimated the acceptance and demand but after a year and half, of playing catch up, I’m finally getting the hang of this. My head is so wrapped around design and implementation that I have a hard time judging demand, but Im getting there. I’ll always be a part of Craven, always in direct contact with owners and customers with questions. I’m old school that way, I know people want to know the person invested in something, the real person who is accountable rather than an automated sales bot or customer service desk. Next week after all orders are filled I’ll be thrilled to release Sister Etta, Model 216. Her vivacious contours are elegant and her neck is shapely. I hope you’ll tune into a live- unscripted release soon.

Every night my mind wakes me to remind me how lucky I am to be a part of the Tenor Guitar Revival, how such incredible people around the world share the music they play on their Cravens. There’s so much ahead of us, so much music and wonders unknown. Stay tuned.

Updates on the 2023 product line

Hard to believe we’ve reached the end of July already. Most of my day is spent on the keyboard, studying and designing and rarely, sometimes playing too.
The Vancouver Port work action has slowed things down for us considerably but by mid August we’ll be back on track.
Model 216 ~ Sister Etta _ coming in August.
Model 265 ~ Shari Ulrich Songbird 40mm neck models and refill of 30mm neck inventory- Coming in September
Models 327 / 350 JLS – Invenoty updates coming in August
Model 1919 – Parlor side 40mm neck Tenor – Prototype coming in August for final inspection – Production date to be determined.
Model 283 – Le Belle Creole Prortype arriving in August- Production coming shortly there after.
Model 1922 – Our High end 18 inch Limited production Jazz Archtop – Prototype coming in November- release updates to follow

Our resonator has been fun to play with. From dropping the Spyder cone to the classier authentic tone of the biscuit cone we turned it into an authentic 1920’s hot shot. Then we started playing with pick ups. We’ve moved away from the overkill of the mini humbucker to dual Hot rails that didnt look right so to find the best of both worlds, the good old Lipstick pickup is cleanly embedded in her Solid mahogany body. Remember the 283 is an o body size resonator so too much can quickly become too much. Once I’ve got it in my hands I get to play a bit and pass it along to Michael August to bless… then we hit production.

And what’s that about an 18 inch Huge Jazz machine? Yes, it’s in the works. A beautiful 1948 visioned masterpiece that will be our flagship, crafted in very limited numbers. More on that later.
Get out and enjoy summer folks, take your Craven Tenor Guitar with you, it’ll get lonely sitting at home.