About Jim Kozel …

I’m Jim Kozel, Cleveland-based luthier, guitarist, songwriter and teacher.  Music is the heart and soul of my life.  I have been performing my musical stories for well over half a century;  setting up, repairing and building instruments for nearly that long.  Your instrument needs to fit you like a comfortable old pair of jeans.  I approach every repair, setup or commission with that in mind. This website was created as a BLOG space so you can leave comments and ask questions. 

Musically yours ~ Jim Kozel


We do setups, too!

“Do you have time to do guitar setups?”  While spending this lovely October afternoon re-attaching a loose brace and repairing a cracked back

img_8120on this 1949 Gibson J-50, the owner asked me if I also do guitar setups. Well, I sure do.  As a player myself, I think our guitars should fit us like a well-worn pair of jeans. When someone brings their guitar in for a setup, I first have them play it for me so that I understand their playing style. The guitar is then setup accordingly. Each setup is unique to the guitar and its owner. Thought I’d mention this since most recent posts have been about fairly involved repairs.

1943 Tri State Lap Steel Repair & Restoration!

I had a blast restoring this 1943 Tri State lap steel guitar for one of my customers.  Whether you’re from the Cleveland, Ohio area or from the other side of the globe, I’m always happy to discuss your repair, restoration or custom shop needs.

Jim Kozel, Luthier


Video montage from Jim & Kathy at the Old Prague Restaurant – 8/7/16

Kathy and I had a blast playing for friends at the Old Prague Restaurant in Vermilion, Ohio this past Sunday, August 7th.  Here’s a short video montage of part of the afternoon complete with Harley street noise…