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.
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…
“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.
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
Kathy and I had a blast playing for friends at the Old Prague Restaurant in Vermilion, Ohio this past Sunday, August 7th. Here’s a short video montage of part of the afternoon complete with Harley street noise…