Full service professional stringed instrument setup, repair, and modification in NYC.
New work space, 2016!
Repair of a badly damaged Gibson acoustic top. The break here was particularly nasty. It was repaired with a new tecnique I’ve been using in my recent work involving CNC technology in addition to more traditional luthier techniques.
Fender 1964 Duosonic refret
Grafting new spruce (and touch up blend) on the sound hole of this old Larrivée acoustic.
Rosewood fretboard before and after. Cleaning, oiling, and some fret work.
Refretting with the Stewmac Jaws Fret Pres
Brace re-glue, internal shot.
1950s Martin acoustics in for restorations: D-18 and 000 models.
Repairing the worn out bridge plate holes, using the wonderful Bridge Saver tool from Stewmac.
Loose acoustic bridge removal / re-glue
Original vintage Fender 1962 Jazzmaster in for a setup – not a reissue.
Introducing our new CNC router! Very excited.
Yet another broken Gibson headstock repair
Restoration of a badly damaged Fender acoustic guitar. This was a customer’s sentimental instrument which is why he decided to repair instead of replace.
Original vintage 1963 Fender Strat in for some repair work (!!!)
Repair of a nasty side split on this all Mahogany Martin.
New work space, 2016!
Just in for a setup, but I had to photo this beauty.
Gibson Les Paul broken headstock repair, with backstrap overlay of new Mahogany wood and lacquer finish touch up.
Various stages of a Gibson broken headstock repair. Customer decided on a sunburst lacquer touchup finish to keep costs down vs color matching on his ES-335.
1950 Martin D-18
Replacing cheap plastic string nut with bone for improved tone and sustain.
Another old timer on the bench for restoration work.
Probably the only step I actually look forward to in an acoustic guitar neck reset is covering my tracks and hiding the tiny hole I drilled to steam apart the neck for repair. The original bridge was toast so it made perfect donor wood.
Larrivée crack and brace repairs.
Giving this Strat neck a French polish finish with amber shellac.
1963 original vintage Fender Stratocaster and Jaguar necks in for repairs.
Wiring mod, coil tap options added to this Fender Jazzmaster with Humbuckers
This acoustic guitar (the maker will not be outed here) left the factory with a mess of epoxy and very poor top to bridge contact. It came in for a typical lifting bridge repair, but we found a mess inside. Ended up removing all the epoxy, clearing and leveling the spruce top for inlay of a new flat matching spruce patch. Then finally reglued the bridge with hide glue. Better than ever now.
Martin loose brace and cracked mahogany back repair.
Customer wanted a handmade bone copy of his original machined saddle. Mine is the one in front, made to 0.001″ tolerance length and thickness of original, but corrected height for better action and intonation on mine.
Ebony fingerboard crack repairs and fret dress.
Repair of a badly damaged Martin acoustic back. It was repaired with a new tecnique I’ve been using in my recent work involving CNC technology in addition to more traditional luthier techniques.
Repairing and plugging the damaged sides of this 1950s Martin 00-18. Someone thought it was a good idea to drive a hole into the side.
Just some cool guitars in for maintenance
Beautiful Bird’s Eye Maple on this Custom Shop Fender Stratocaster. In for a setup and fret level.
Making a replacement pickguard.
Original pre CBS Fender 1962 Stratocaster – the real ’62 Strat
Acoustic brace repairs
Fender line up in for repairs
Plugging and touching up a tiny drilled holed on this Mandolin back