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About Jim Kozel …

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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


	

Epiphone ES-339 P90 Broken Headstock Repair

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)

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.