Aug 24 2015

Fretless conversion

Go fretless USA! Seriously, is there anything cooler than a fretless bass? I was an exclusively fretless player for years – first doing a fretless conversion on my old Peavy B-Quad 4, and later defretting my number one bass, my 1974 Ovation Magnum. Urban myth may say that Jaco yanked the frets out of his bass …

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Aug 08 2015

New music from my musical project, UFO Death Cult.

If I may interrupt this guitar repair blog with a shameless plug: I present to you, my friends, the newest work from my musical project, UFO Death Cult. I’ve been working on this record off and on for the past 3 years, and quite simply, it’s the most difficult thing I have ever done. I …

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Jun 18 2015

Say hello to Scott!

Hey, everybody – I’ve got somebody I’d like you to meet. This handsome fella here is my good friend, Mr. Scott Morgan, from Helsinki, Finland. Scott is an amazing guitar tech and luthier, who deserves the credit/blame for getting me into this whole fixing guitars thing. I met Scott way back in my Werlein’s for …

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May 15 2015

Removing and replacing a fretboard

Removing and replacing a fretboard – sounds terrifying, doesn’t it? Yes, it can be complicated, and it needs to be done with extreme precision, but it isn’t a scary of a project as it sounds. I recently completed a giant project on an old Silvertone acoustic guitar, which had previously been rehabilitated elsewhere. The neck had …

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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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