Repairs – I’ve had a few…
I’ve had the privilege of working on a number of different stringed instruments. Acoustic & electric guitars, violins, banjos, ukuleles… and a few others thrown in for good measure.
Please note that I am not a professionally trained guitar tech. I am self-taught, but I have learned much through hands-on experience / reading / sharing info / & asking lots of questions over the past few years. If you have an instrument needing repair work done, let’s get together and talk about it. There are personal references to my work listed on another page here on my website.
My goal in doing repair work is to make the finished product on your instrument at least as good if not better than I would on one of my own. And I’m about as OCD as they come…
I’m very straight-forward in acknowledging when there is a repair I could do – or when you should consider using someone else for the work. I can make some excellent recommendations depending on the type of work you are looking to have done – and will be happy to do so at not cost to you.
A “Golden Rule” to keep in mind. Unless it seriously affects play-ability (and even then it’s questionable), a stringed musical instrument (of the guitar / banjo / uke / violin / mandolin family, etc) will always be worth more in it’s original, unmolested condition. That thought should always be your main criteria when deciding to have any / all repair work done… And that applies to simple “touch-up” work as well. I would be more than happy to offer any advice on that subject that might prove helpful to you.
Types of repairs I have made:
ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC GUITARS: repaired broken necks; repaired broken tops; full & partial re-frets; hand made nuts and saddles; re-wired electrics; installed / replaced pick-ups, pots, switches; built completely wired pick-guards for simple installation; refurbished instruments (while maintaining original finish / components as much as possible); tuner repair / replacement; set-up work (check and adjust neck relief, nut, and saddle); re-string. Re-hydrated dried out instruments. Corrected sharp fret ends. Filed and polished frets. Converted right hand instrument to left hand.
MISC STRINGED INSTRUMENTS: repaired broken necks; hand made nuts and saddles; refurbished instruments (while maintaining original finish / components as much as possible); tuner repair / replacement; set-up work (check and adjust neck relief, nut, and saddle); re-string. Re-hydrated dried out instruments. Corrected sharp fret ends. Filed and polished frets.
I’m sure there have been other types of work done over the years as well… but that’s a pretty good general idea.