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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”.