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
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)
The headstock on Cleveland musician, Beth Woyshville’s beloved Alvarez guitar suffered a complete separation from the neck. Here’s how I re-acquainted the headstock with the guitar from whence it came…
Sending the Cleveland Indians some World Series Ukulele Mojo!
“Do you have time to do guitar setups?” While spending this lovely October afternoon re-attaching a loose brace and repairing a cracked back
on 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.
Cleveland, Akron, northeast Ohio is rich in musical talent. It’s a great place to be a luthier. Here’s a video of the repair I did on local singer/songwriter, Gretchen Pleuss’ Taylor 414CE.
This 1962 Gretsch Double Anniversary came into my shop with the nut so badly damaged the guitar was unplayable. Rather than replace the nut, the original was restored. Here’s the story about how that was done.