The seasonal changes in the Great Lakes region, including the Cleveland area and northeast Ohio, keep my life as a luthier and guitar repair person busy with frequent adjustments to optimize guitar setup. Here’s a video on how truss rod adjustment can address buzzing rattling strings and stiff action.
When local Cleveland area musician, Tony Koussa, brought a recent 2011 Martin OM online purchase into the shop it was clear it had issues. The neck heel had pulled away from the body. The action was so high the guitar was unplayable. Here’s how I resolved the problem with a neck reset.
There are many talented performers in the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio area. Jody Getz is one of them. Her guitar came into the shop with pickup issues and a mystery intermittent buzz. Here’s what we did to fix the issues, solve the mystery.
A local Cleveland musician had a bad accident with his beloved Martin D-16 GT. Here’s how we brought what was at first considered an unrepairable guitar back to life.
This 1973 tele had been judged DOA almost 30 years ago because of a badly back-bowed neck. Here’s how I brought it back to life in my Cleveland, Ohio shop.
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.