Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Set ups, pickup installation, minor fret work, installation of new hardware (tuners, pots, switches, pickups, tremelos, bridges), finish restoration and repair, truss rod adjustment.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I recently refurbished a beautiful 1968 Gibson ES-150. What a nice guitar, and piece of guitar history!! It had years of road grime, sweat and beer on it, so it had to be fully dissassembled and cleaned thoroughly. The electronics cut in and out, and the fretboard was filthy. once I had everything apart, I cleaned and lubed everything electronic, and found everything to work. that was nice not to replace original vintage parts. Next, I cleaned the fretboard of years of sweat and grime, and hand-polished the frets. What a difference!! It now plays smooth and fast. I adjusted the truss rod and bridge height to gibson factory specs, and it plays like a dream. A complete tune-up can take an old guitar that used to play well, and bring it back to life. It really is worth the time and effort.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Ask lots of smart questions before the work is done. The more you ask, the better informed you will be about the work being performed. Research the guitar you are looking for to become knowledgable about it. Get info on the repairs needed so you can articulate exactly what it is that you want done, in terms that I can understand. The more info I have from you, the better a job I can do for you.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. One very good thing to know is the way guitars are graded or a description of condition; ( condition based on Original hardshell case included) .
100% = New - As from factory, in original packaging
98% = Mint - Out of original packaging, no signs of wear or being played
95% = EXC+ -Minimal signs of being played, clean
90% = EXC - Signs of normal playing wear, some cosmetic damage, plays well
80% = VG+ - signs of wear or damage, replaced parts,
70% = VG - cosmetic issues, non-original parts, structural or electronic issues, playable
60% = GOOD - several wear/damage parts, barely playable, w/ issues
55% = FAIR - Needs repair and/or adjustment to function
50% = POOR - good only for salvage/parts
Retail price grades and descriptions;
Budget/Student - Up to $250
Intermediate - $250-$1,000
Professional - $1,000-$3,000
Premium - $3,000-$10,000
Presentation - $10,000+
This is just a rough guide to use when talking about a guitars' value. There are many different factors involved in finding the value of any instrument.
What is it worth to You??
How much would YOU pay for it???
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
What is one mans' trash is another mans treasure.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. If a customer is looking for a specific used guitar, try to know the year, make, model name and number and any specific information about the particular instrument that you are looking for(finish color, fretboard material, hardware type, tremelo type etc.)
If a customer is looking for repairs or modifications, try to be very specific about the work that needs to be done. Also, emailing photos can help greatly in the process of finding out what work needs to be done. The more information the customer can provide, the better.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have over 30 years of experience playing, repairing and modifying guitars and basses. I have bought and sold over 100 guitars in the past, and have extensive knowledge of electric guitars and bass guitars. It is my passion, and my life has been centered around music and guitars since my childhood.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love my job because I love music, and to create music. The guitar is just a pathway to good music, a tool to use to create something that never existed before. A way of expressing yourself that is very personal, yet easily accessible to the public.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Can you fix my guitar????
I can fix a lot of common problems, but I can't work miracles!!!
Do you have XYZ brand guitar????
We have an ever changing inventory, so the best thing to do is contact us with you needs, and we will let you know what we have.
How much will it cost????
We try to provide estimates that reflect our investment of time and parts as closely as we can. Some jobs are very easy to estimate, and some become more involved as the repair proceeds. The customer is always made aware of any changes to the original estimate.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I am here to provide you, the guitar player, with the best in personal service. I know how much your axe means to you, and I treat your instrument with the utmost care and attention. I work with you to set your guitar up to YOUR specs, so it feels right in your hands, and to your ears.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have been playing guitar since 1978, and have had a love affair with the guitar since then. I was always very interested in the workings of the instruments I played, so it was only natural that I started taking my guitars apart to figure out what made them work. The more I learned, the more excited I got about the whole field of repair and refurbishing of guitars. It started out as a hobby, but has worked its' way into a business, a business that I love. There is nothing better for me than to take a guitar that has been neglected, forgotten and left unused, and turning it into a guitar that will be played, loved and provide hours of enjoyment not only for the player, but for the listener too.