As a luthier in Cleveland, Ohio I see a lot of guitars requiring some manner of crack repair. Large side crack repairs can me among the most challenging. Here’s how we repaired a major side crack on a Martin D-15.
A lot of telecasters that come into my Cleveland guitar shop for setup often have output jack issues, the dreaded snap, crackle and pop. Here’s how we addressed those issues while setting up this telecaster.
Cleveland singer songwriter Michelle Gaw’s cat knocked over her prized Martin causing significant damage to the guitar. Here’s how we repaired the damage. Oh…Michelle says she still loves her cat.
Cleveland-based Rachel Brown and The Beatnik Playboys https://rachelbps.com delight audiences wherever they perform. So, when Rachel brought her 1964 Gibson LG-1 to the shop for a stage-ready restoration, I was happy to help. Here’s days of restoration/repair condensed into a ten minute story.
A very nice Alvarez guitar came into the shop with a lifting bridge. Here’s the story of how the bridge was repaired and the probable cause of why the bridge lifted in the first place.
As a Cleveland area luthier and performer, I’ve a soft spot for the Fender Jazzmaster. Here’s a video on how this Fender Jazzmaster Classic Player gets its vintage mojo back with a Jazzmaster bridge retrofit, Lindy Fralin pickups, and a personalized setup.
This Strat came into the shop with four stripped neck bolt holes. Here is how it was repaired with rock maple plugs taken from the 90 year old stage floor I salvaged from the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Pavilion stage.
As Pablo Casals said, “Perhaps it is music that will save the world.” Music is our universal language. All of us appreciate, perform, play it. This is not much of a repair video, but please allow me to introduce you to a present and future voice for our “universal language”. Meeting artists like Damien tempers my cynicism and feeds my hope.
Cleveland-based musician Rob Miller brought his new find, a vintage Silvertone parlor guitar, into the shop for some TLC. Here’s how we turned it into a very nice player.
Side fractures can be challenging to reach and repair. Here’s a detailed video on how I use winch clamps and button cleats to access and repair a crack on a Martin OM.
Jim Kozel, Luthier (Bay Village, Ohio)