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
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.
This one is for all lovers of the ukulele! I always enjoy playing at Brent Kirby’s 10×3 Songwriter’s Showcase at Brother’s Lounge in Cleveland, Ohio. Here’s my ukulele performance of two original compositions and one cover this past Wednesday, September 28, 2016.
Purchased almost 25 years ago as her first guitar, this 1989 Goya has tremendous sentimental value to its owner. Here’s how it’s broken headstock was repaired.
I had a blast restoring this 1943 Tri State lap steel guitar for one of my customers. Whether you’re from the Cleveland, Ohio area or from the other side of the globe, I’m always happy to discuss your repair, restoration or custom shop needs.
Jim Kozel, Luthier
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.