Established in 1965 by its eponymous founder, John Hornby Skewes, and his wife Madge from their modest home in Garforth near Leeds, the couple built JHS up from a standing start with just a few small accessories.
Fifty years or more after those humble beginnings, and now operating from a purpose built warehouse and office complex close to junction 47 of the M1 motorway, JHS has become a truly international company, representing over seventy industry leading distributed brands in the UK/ROI, the countries of the European Union, USA and beyond.
JHS proprietary brands, including Fret-King, Vintage, Laka, Santos Martinez, Pilgrim, Encore and Falcon fretted instruments, Antoni orchestral stringed instruments, Odyssey brass and woodwind, Kinsman musical accessories, PP Drums and JHS Hornby recorders are represented in over ninety markets worldwide.
By working closely over recent years with a number of industry renowned builders, designers and master craftsmen such as Trev Wilkinson, Peter Pollard, Paul Brett and Paul Tebbut, JHS brands have gone on to win accolades, awards and praise across the board for products that are bursting with professional features and specification, punching well above their often modest price tags.
Now offering nearly 6000 lines and active in a multitude of categories – hi-end, boutique guitar amps, orchestral stringed instruments, stadium sound reinforcement, band PA, brass and woodwind instruments, karaoke, specialist shop fittings for musical products, educational percussion, conductors batons, guitar pickups and components, traditional metronomes, guitars to banjos, to ukes, JHS is a true full line distributor stocking just about anything and everything a musician or reseller of musical products could need.
The JHS office and warehousing complex sits in 4 acres of land.