John has been interested in wood working since he was ten years old. He 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. In 1998 he helped 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.
In 2009 John decided to venture out on his own and opened the Colorado Guitar Company which houses his handmade and custom JC Baxendale guitars. His approach in building guitars is to maintain traditional aesthetics, but he thoroughly enjoys consulting with a client to achieve a unique design. John takes great pride in his work and he is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. His dedication to his work is unmatched and as one of John's loyal customers points out, "If it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at ones trade then John easily has 40,000!"
On a personal note, John originated in Garland, Texas but has lived in Denver since 1994. He now resides in Evergreen, CO with his wife and 2 children. When he is not doing something guitar related you will find him eating or sleeping. If he had time for leisure activities he would hang out with his family, fly fish, golf, or watch baseball.