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About Jim Kozel …

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I’m Jim Kozel, a Cleveland-based luthier.  I am also a 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


	

1965 Gibson B-45 Bridge Repair – “Toni Gets Her Guitar Back!”

As a Cleveland area luthier, it’s a joy to return a repaired or restored instrument to its owner. Sometimes I get lucky and the shop gets filled with music for a bit. That’s exactly what happend when Toni Huff Medley picked up her 1965 Gibson J-45 12-string. This video is less about the repair and more about Toni getting re-acquainted with her old friend, new strings and all.

Ryan Manthey gets his 000 “Donna” back…

As a Cleveland area luthier, it’s always a pleasure to hear some of the finest local professionals play their instruments after I’ve done a repair or setup for them.  I spend time with every customer when they bring me an instrument to ensure that the repair and setup is matched as much as possible to their playing style.  Here’s a short clip of Ryan Manthey playing his repaired and setup 000 “Donna”.

Adjusting truss rods for seasonal change in the Great Lakes

The seasonal changes in the Great Lakes region, including the Cleveland area and northeast Ohio, keep my life as a luthier and guitar repair person busy with frequent adjustments to optimize guitar setup.  Here’s a video on how truss rod adjustment can address buzzing rattling strings and stiff action.