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
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”.
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.
When local Cleveland area musician, Tony Koussa, brought a recent 2011 Martin OM online purchase into the shop it was clear it had issues. The neck heel had pulled away from the body. The action was so high the guitar was unplayable. Here’s how I resolved the problem with a neck reset.
There are many talented performers in the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio area. Jody Getz is one of them. Her guitar came into the shop with pickup issues and a mystery intermittent buzz. Here’s what we did to fix the issues, solve the mystery.
A local Cleveland musician had a bad accident with his beloved Martin D-16 GT. Here’s how we brought what was at first considered an unrepairable guitar back to life.
This 1973 tele had been judged DOA almost 30 years ago because of a badly back-bowed neck. Here’s how I brought it back to life in my Cleveland, Ohio shop.
Do you play acoustic guitar? Is your bridge starting to lift? Cleveland area luthier, Jim Kozel shows you how to diagnose the problem and what’s involved in repairing a lifting bridge on a 1964 Martin 0-18.
Louis the Cat had a Peter Townsend moment with Charlie Mosbrook’s Martin Custom guitar. Here’s a short video on how a fractured side, nearly 14″ long was repaired.
When I am not wearing my luthier hat doing guitar repair and restoration in the Cleveland, Ohio area, I’m on stage performing. Here Ray Flanagan and I perform “Sacred Chickens” by Tim Wallace at the annual Somebody Else’s Song 10 x 3 at Brother’s Lounge in Cleveland, Ohio.
Taylor Lamborn brought one of her favorite guitars, an Epiphone ES-339 into the shop on January 3rd with a broken headstock. One heck of a way to start 2017! Here’s how it got repaired, including a performance by Taylor at the end of the video. (You can check out her music at www.taylorlamborn.com)