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)
Chad Hoffman’s Gibson J-45…34″ of crack repair.
As a Cleveland-based luthier, I see a wide range of instruments needing everything from a basic setup, to minor repairs and involved restoration. Chad Hoffman’s Gibson J-45 presented an unusual challenge. Damaged at a gig, it required 34″ of crack
Harmony Monterey Archtop Crack Repair x 5
As a Cleveland-based luthier doing guitar repair and restoration, I see quite a few instruments requiring crack repair. Instruments are allowed to dry out in the winter months or left in cars during the summer. Car interiors can get to
Cleveland luthier, Jim Kozel takes a musical lunch break…
When I’m not repairing, restoring or setting up guitars for local and not-so-local musicians, you can find me playing one of my guitars. Today I took a musical lunch break to relax with one of my compositions, Moonrise.
Alvarez Yairi Lifting Bridge Repair by Cleveland Luthier, Jim Kozel
This Alvarez Yairi came into the shop for an installation of my Lil’ Jimmy PA pickup system. But first the badly lifting bridge needed to be removed, re-shaped and re-attached.
1934 Martin OOO-18 Restoration by Cleveland Luthier, Jim Kozel
A 1934 Martin OOO-18 came into my shop for repair and restoration. After several crack repairs and some serious bar fret work, it’s singing again. It doesn’t quite need a neck reset.
Broken Headstock Repair with Butterfly Inlay by Cleveland luthier, Jim Kozel
This 60 year old DiMauro gypsy jazz guitar came into the shop with a previous headstock repair. It had failed. This challenging repair required lot’s of planning. Here’s the long repair process condensed into a 7 minute video.
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
Cleveland-based luthier, Jim Kozel gives Brent Kirby’s vintage J-45 some repair TLC…
Brent Kirby’s beloved J-45 was due for some repair TLC… complete refret, fractured bridge repar and a loose fractured back brace in a bad location. Here’s how we got after that broken back brace.
Paul Beard Spider and Cone Upgrade by Cleveland Luthier, Jim Kozel
Beard cones and spiders are considered a high end upgrade for most dobros. Here’s how we did the Beard cone and spider upgrade on Josh Stevens‘s dobro. The first part of the video talks about the difference between dobros and