Benjamin Strange

New Orleans, LA

I am a musician, guitar tech, and founder of Strange Guitarworks. When not working on guitars, I create experimental music under the moniker of UFO Death Cult, utilizing microtonal instruments of my own design. I also am slowly learning to speak German. Ausgezeichnet! "Intonation is a social construct."

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Benjamin’s Fender Hello Kitty microtonal Strat of Doom™

I have an oft-repeated mantra at the shop: “Intonation is a social construct”. Over the last several hundred years, western music has largely standardized into an equal tempered system, dividing the octave into twelve notes with a ratio equal to the 12th root of 2 (12√2 = 2 1⁄12 ≈ 1.059463)(12 tone equal temperament is also known as …

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2016 year in review

No doubt many of us will be glad to put 2016 behind us. This has been a wild year for our world, our nation, our city, and even our tiny little space at Strange Guitarworks. While we know 2016 has been full of negativity and loss outside of the shop’s walls, inside we have striven to …

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Strange Guitarworks welcomes Dunlop Strings!

We are proud to announce that we are now an official dealer for Jim Dunlop strings! We restring a LOT of guitars, and we’ve found Dunlop strings to be among our favorites. They’re built really well, are extremely consistent, are generously long (handy for long scale & hollow body instruments), made in America, and the …

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How to relic a guitar in one easy step!

Have you ever wondered how to relic a guitar? Well, wonder no more – we can teach you how to relic a guitar in one easy step, with no tools nor experience necessary! Here’s the secret no other guitar tech is willing to tell you: in order to give your guitar that amazing, broken in …

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Routing for a P pickup

We generally consider ourselves rather fearless when it comes to working on guitars. Over the years, we’ve done some pretty crazy things at the request of some of our more experimental clients. Most of these things don’t really scare us, but occasionally a little pinch of fear is important: there’s no easier way to completely ruin a guitar …

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Repairing a broken headstock with an overlay

Fixing broken headstocks are a regular part of life in a guitar repair shop. Most times people bring their guitars to us, thinking that a broken headstock means the death of their beloved guitar. The thing is, most headstock breaks aren’t nearly as bad as people tend to think, and we can resuscitate their instrument with relative …

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Introducing Aaron Younce!

Oh man, I have been looking forward to this day for over three years. Today is the day that my dear friend Aaron Younce joins me at Strange Guitarworks. (This is the most rockin’ picture of him I have. First impressions are important.) I first met Aaron in San Francisco, and we worked side by …

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Cello guitar end pin fix

Here’s something you don’t see every day: The story is that a former cellist started playing guitar, and it just felt more natural to play the guitar vertically. Someone helpfully installed a cello endpin, but unfortunately didn’t do it correctly, and the pin was very unstable and wobbled all over the place. Now, I don’t …

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2015 year in review

Oh man, what a year! This was an incredibly productive year for Strange Guitarworks – absolutely crazy, super busy, always fascinating. All in all, a wonderful year, and I can’t thank each and every one of you enough. You’ve trusted me with your guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, and some bizarre stringed instruments that I couldn’t …

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Protecting a signature on a guitar

Recently, a client of mine named Bruce went to see ZZ Top in New Orleans. Being huge ZZ Top fan, he snagged a VIP pass, which amongst other things gained him an audience with Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill. How cool is that?! He had heard that ZZ Top has a policy of …

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