• John began working on guitars with his father, Scott Baxendale.  He started in 1996 at his father’s little shop in the Denver Folklore Center repairing old Kay and Harmony student model guitars.

  John Baxendale 

                                 Master Luthier

Nov. 2009 - Sept. 2015

October 2015 - July 2018

​​​​​Colorado Guitar Company

Colfax Guitar Shop

Denver, CO

  • John moved Colorado Guitar Company to a home based shop in Bayfield, CO so that he could focus on his true passion, building his JC Baxendale Handmade Guitars. You can also find his guitars in Nashville, TN at Cotten Music Center.

              1996 - 1998

August 2018 - Present

  • John helped his father with the start-up of the Colfax Guitar Shop, where he worked part time through high school. In 2001 he assumed full-time responsibility at the shop handling a majority of the repair work. During his nine years at Colfax Guitar Shop he repaired more than four thousand instruments. He also restored many antique and vintage guitars including several pre-war Martins, pre-CBS Strats and Teles. While at the Colfax Guitar Shop John started building his own guitars that were greatly inspired by his restoration work on fine instruments.

Colorado Guitar Company 

Littleton, CO

  • John decided to venture out on his own and opened the Colorado Guitar Company with a focus on guitar repair and restoration. During this time he honed his guitar building skills and started to focus on his own brand of acoustic guitars, JC Baxendale Handmade Guitars. 

Colorado Guitar Company


Durango, CO

Denver Folklore Center

Denver, CO

1998 - 2009

  • John joined forces with Dave Farmer, owner of Turtle Lake Stringed Instruments in Durango, CO. John and Dave keep each other company while building, repairing and restoring guitars and other stringed instruments at Dave's shop in the beautiful Falls Creek area. Their individual work is strengthened by sharing their complimentary skills and styles with one another.

Colorado Guitar Company

        JC Baxendale Handmade Guitars

Bayfield, CO