“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…
Jim discusses the process of repairing a damaged bridge plate and replacing a bridge on a 1963 Martin D-18.
Cleveland luthier and musician, Jim Kozel reviews the RainSong Shorty SG guitar.
Cleveland luthier Jim Kozel, with a special introduction from his buddy Guido, discusses how to evaluate acoustic guitar setup.
Living outside of Cleveland along the shores of Lake Erie can be pretty tough on our instruments. The sometimes extreme temperature and humidity swings between summer and winter can cause cracks, warping, fret and neck playability issues and the list goes on. As a luthier, I see a lot of these climate-related issues with guitars. However, it was only part of what was going on with this 1966 Gibson J-45. Here’s the video on the steps to its restoration.