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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Closed for the holidays!

Hey everybody – the shop will be closed for the holidays, until January 4th. We plan to open next year with a bang, so keep an eye out for some major announcements. Happy holidays! See you next year!  

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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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Making a bone saddle

I really like the science, math, and theory behind guitar work. I feel that it’s important to understand what’s happening with a guitar on a fundamental level, and this helps me analyze and fix complex problems. However, there are some jobs that require more art than science, and making a bone saddle is one of …

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Re-Opening Monday, October 19th!

Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL battle station! This has been a long time coming, and I’m proud to announce that the shop is completely moved and ready for action! Strange Guitarworks will re-open Monday, October 19th in it’s new location. First things first – the address: The new shop is …

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Closed for moving!

Strange Guitarworks is moving! After dealing with massive delays, false starts, and rapidly increasing commercial rental prices, I’ve finally found a suitable space for the shop. Hooray! At this point I can’t give out too many details, as those are still being ironed out, but I can say this: the shop will be around 500 …

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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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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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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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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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