Mar 31 2015

National Resonator neck reset

I do a fair bit of neck resets in my shop. It’s a pretty common job, and just about every acoustic guitar needs a neck reset during it’s lifetime – the strings pull the neck forward, and eventually the neck/body joint needs to be re-carved to get the neck back to the proper angle. I …

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Feb 09 2015

1952 Gibson Les Paul neck reset

Oh man, I’m sure to catch hell for this one – it’s not every day that somebody does a massive modification to one of the rarest of vintage guitars out there. Yes, I’ll admit it: I just completed a neck reset on a 1952 Gibson Les Paul. First, a little history: Gibson introduced the Les …

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Jan 22 2015

Teisco Del Rey rescue!

It’s amazing to think that almost 10 years after Hurricane Katrina forever altered the city of New Orleans, I’m still fixing up guitars that were damaged by the storm. Recently my buddy John Lisi brought me an old Teisco Del Rey EV-2T that had spent a few weeks floating in the flood waters that destroyed his home in …

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Jan 06 2015

Bridge plate overlay

I deal with a lot of bellied guitar tops in my shop. Many acoustic guitars develop a bulge at the bridge, where the string tension has pulled the top up and caused the action to be excessively high. This is extremely common and usually isn’t something worth worrying about too much – it’s usually a …

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Dec 30 2014

2014 year in review

Huzzah! I’ve somehow managed to survive my second full year in business! This has been a wild year… I’ve been busier than I could have ever expected this early in the game. This being my second year was the real test to see whether this crazy idea could actually work, and by all appearances it …

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Dec 19 2014

Closed until 2015!

Hey everybody! I’m shutting down the shop for the rest of the year, and won’t be accepting any new work until January. Hopefully this will give me enough time to catch up on the massive amount of work I have to complete before the holidays, and perhaps give my hands some much needed rest. If …

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Dec 01 2014

Rickenbacker broken truss rod repair

I have a love/hate relationship with Rickenbackers. As a bassist, I absolutely LOVE the way they sound: many of my favorite records feature a Rick bass (such as King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King, and Tool’s Undertow). But, I really dislike many of Rickenbacker’s design elements, such as their folded truss rod system they used back …

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Nov 17 2014

Installing a Roland GK 3 Pickup

Last week I took on a rather scary task: installing a Roland GK 3 Pickup into an expensive PRS guitar. Usually I’m asked to install these into people’s secondary, beater guitars – not their prized main instrument. Since installing a GK pickup typically requires some significant routing and electronics worth, it requires a brave soul …

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Nov 06 2014

Closed until November 17th.

Hey everybody – I’m closing the shop until November 17th. I’ll be heading into the studio with my musical project, UFO Death Cult. I’ll be working with producer / engineer extraordinaire Michael Havens, who will hopefully be able to make sense of the massive project I’ve been working on for the past two years. This …

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Oct 29 2014

Stabilizing a three bolt neck

My buddy Jeff “Guitar” Nelson is not gentle with his guitars. He’s a hard player, bends the strings off the neck, and has very strong hands which he uses to mangle his guitar to within an inch of it’s life. So it came as no surprise that he was having trouble with his three bolt …

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