Oct 01 2014

Replacing a vintage lap steel output jack

This week I had a really cool early 1950s Supro Lap Steel guitar come in to the shop. The new owner, Jeb, had just recently picked it up cheap, and didn’t even know if it worked – because it had a vintage, screw-on type output jack, and the special cord for it was missing. In …

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Sep 23 2014

Mr. Strange in New York

I’m back! Last week I took some much needed time off to hang out in New York – and as usual, I completely overdid it. There’s just something about NYC that causes me to fill every waking moment with non-stop action. While I was mostly there for rest & relaxation (which didn’t really happen), I …

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Sep 15 2014

Closed September 15th – 22nd

Hey everybody – the shop will be closed this week. I’ll be taking in new work on September 23rd. Thanks!

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Aug 05 2014

Replacing Carvin pickups

Carvin Guitars, I have a bone to pick with you. Don’t worry – it has nothing to do with the quality of your product. I admire the fact that you manage to make fairly high quality instruments at reasonable prices right here in America. In fact, I rarely have much to bitch about when it …

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Jun 28 2014

Martin neck reset

One of the most difficult and complex jobs a guitar tech can be faced with is a neck reset. Acoustic guitars typically need to have their necks reset every several decades or so, as the 200 some-odd pounds of tension pulling on the neck at all times slowly pulls the neck forward, changing the angle …

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Jun 16 2014

Acoustic bridge reglue, fixing cracks, & brace repair

Vacation’s over and now it’s time to get back to work! Before I left, I finished up a job for my friend John Fohl (who plays with the likes of Dr. John, Gatemouth Brown, & Bo Diddley) on his 1960s era Gibson LG-0. If memory serves me correctly, John told me he picked it up at …

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Jun 02 2014

Closed June 2nd through June 13th

Hey everybody – I’m closing the shop from June 2nd through June 13th for some much needed vacation time. I’ve really been wrecking my hands in the shop lately, and I’m looking forward to taking it easy for a bit (and perhaps even playing my bass for a change!). I’ll be accepting new work on …

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May 20 2014

Fixing a broken truss rod

There’s rarely a shortage of interesting jobs to showcase on this blog, so typically I’m posting every week or so. For the past month I’ve mostly been plugging away at a bunch of bread-and-butter type jobs: refrets, fret levels, setups, pickup installs, etc.; certainly stuff I enjoy doing, but as I’ve already covered these type …

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Apr 17 2014

Installing a middle pickup

The Fender Telecaster is just about the simplest electric guitar out there – a plank of wood screwed onto another hunk of wood with a bit of  plastic and metal thrown in and viola! A Telecaster! It’s simplicity is what makes it great, but what if you want to mess with the formula a little …

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Apr 07 2014

Fretless conversion

For many years I was strictly a fretless player. I did my first fretless conversion on my second bass about 15 years ago – a composite necked Peavey B-Quad, which was quite the chore for my younger self! Over the years, I’ve defretted several of my basses, including my now main instrument, a 1974 Ovation …

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