I'm Jim Kozel, a 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. I have been 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
Jim Kozel & Friends performed at the 2016 Yasgur Road Reunion on Yasgur’s Farm this past Saturday, August 13th. We had a blast being part of the weekend. Here’s a video montage of our performance.
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…
Kath and I are looking forward to returning to the patio at Old Prague Restaurant in Vermilion tomorrow afternoon from 1-4.
Jim's Performance Schedule as of July 27, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016 1-4pm OLD PRAGUE RESTAURANT 5586 Liberty Ave Vermilion, OH 44089 Saturday, August 13, 2016 9-9:45am YASGUR ROAD REUNION Yasgur Road Bethel, NY 12720 www.yasgurroadreunion.com Wednesday, September 7, 2016 8-9:30pm THE BARKING SPIDER TAVERN 11310 Juniper Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106 (216) 421-2863 www.barkingspidertavern.com
Here’s one for all who love the ukulele. “Winifred’s Dream” was recorded during the “The Stories I Tell” CD studio sessions this past December 2015.
Jim discusses the process of repairing a damaged bridge plate and replacing a bridge on a 1963 Martin D-18.
Jim performs his song, “Where Have You Gone” in this video created during the “The Stories I Tell” CD recording sessions this past December 2015.
Cleveland luthier and musician, Jim Kozel reviews the RainSong Shorty SG guitar.
Cleveland luthier Jim Kozel, with a special introduction from his buddy Guido, discusses how to evaluate acoustic guitar setup.
Living outside of Cleveland along the shores of Lake Erie can be pretty tough on our instruments. The sometimes extreme temperature and humidity swings between summer and winter can cause cracks, warping, fret and neck playability issues and the list goes on. As a luthier, I see a lot of these climate-related issues with guitars. However, it was only part of what was going on with this 1966 Gibson J-45. Here’s the video on the steps to its restoration.