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Old February 22nd, 2013, 04:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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LUTHIER Appreciation Thread

Just got my Re-Issue Dano Baritone back today.

The guy I took it to has been working on my guitars for years.
He has always gone the extra mile for me to make my guitars play as well as they can.
Today, he out did himself again.

The Neck needed a Truss Rod alignment.
On these suckers you have to de-tense the strings and, remove the Neck to make the adjustment.
He did that 4 times. Intonated the "Door-Shim" Bridge and, set me up with a Custom String Set strings.
Turn-around time: Next day.
All for $95.

It plays great!
That was a bargain.

So here is to the good folks who help us get the most we can out of what we have.

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Old February 22nd, 2013, 07:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I appreciate this post. I am not a luthier, "just" a player, but I'm happy to see such respect given to those cats.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 08:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Truss rod adjustment: $95.

What you are going to hear in this thread: priceless.
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i always liked Johnny Cash's guitarist Luthier Perkins.

but seriously, it's good to have a great guitar guy that can take care of your instruments. i am fortunate enough to have a local luthier named Mike that works wonders. wouldn't think of taking a guitar anywhere else.
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I'll send out a big fat THANK YOU to Gary Smith in Richardson and Spencer Deaton in Dallas. Together these two guys have taken my mediocre guitar collection and made it into something great.

Integrity's important in any line of work, but especially with something as spiritual as crafting musical instruments.

I've tried my hand at luthiery, and while I can do a basic set up, I'm no luthier. It's like playing an instrument itself... Time and practice will hone your skills, but to be really good at it, you should have a predisposition for it.

To the few skilled luthiers out there who care about tone and art and music and people more than they care about money, I say thank you, and God Bless.

(but gettin' paid's fine too... lol)
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What you are going to hear in this thread: priceless.
The notion that most or any guitarists know how to adjust & fix all the myriad issues themselves, is what is "priceless".

DIY is a good thing, if you have great knowledge, skills, and eagerness to do all of that. Most don't; that doesn't mean they can't play. Most or all quality musicians, going back eons, have relied on workmen to get their instruments into gigworthy shape. The musician's work time is usually spent on performing or practicing, composing, etc., not fixing their equipment.

That's why we players do and should appreciate the builders & maintainers of our various instruments. They deserve a lot more credit than they get.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 09:42 AM   #7 (permalink)

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Truss rod adjustment: $95.

What you are going to hear in this thread: priceless.
I'm with Nick here. In my shop (and damned near all shops), that's all part of a standard setup: $40 plus strings.

Am I really undercharging by that much?
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 10:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 10:49 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Public shoutouts to my favorite luthier, David Petillo of Ocean Twp, NJ, son of the late Phil Petillo and master luthier and marquetry artist in his own right. David is a highly skilled craftsman and an exemplary human being. They don't come any better.

On the other hand...A public razzberry to Dennis Mac*******, the Angry Old Man of Passaic County, who messed up my Rickenbacker 12 string to the point that it was unplayable and has alienated many of his former customers, myself included.
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Luthiers are like water - they run hot and cold.

I try my damnedest to get and keep guitars that are maintenance-free as much as possible.

I'm impatient as hell and hate to wait.

With your average luthier it really pays to have a guitar at home you love twice as much as the one you're getting repaired so you never even think about it the whole 6 months it's getting sawdust caked on it sitting in his shop waiting just to get in the line to get fixed.


Steve Olson of Elderly however, is very highly recommended for Tele/Strat set-up (worked in the Fender Custom Shop) as well as his regular gig fixing and dialing in Nationals and reso's.
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I try to do whatever I can by myself, but when I do have to take one in for something that's beyond me, the fellow who does my work is outstanding. He's a young fellow, but has been working on guitars for quite a few years. He goes above and beyond to get things right. I really appreciate his good work.
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He's a young fellow, but has been working on guitars for quite a few years. He goes above and beyond to get things right. I really appreciate his good work.
Does that young fellow have a name?
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Shout outs to Mark Brown in Campbell, CA and Frank Ford in Palo Alto. Not luthiers, but top notch guitar repair professionals. And I'll add that next door to Mark Brown is the man Jim Campilongo proclaims as the "Zen Master" of amp repair, Keith Reinegger. If these guys go away I'll be in a world of hurt.
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A shout out to Neil Sargent here in Houston, who has done a wonderful job over the years setting up ALL my guitars, and most of the guitars of my family, friends, and band mates too. Neil is the man! He does incredible work, such detail. Neil also builds guitars too. He is pushing 60 now and if he ever retires I'm in big trouble.
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A tip of the hat to Rocco at Mandolin Brothers in Staten Island. He brought my '43 Gibson J45 back from the edge of ruin. A masterful restoration of a (now) very fine instrument.Thanks Rocco!
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I'm with Nick here. In my shop (and damned near all shops), that's all part of a standard setup: $40 plus strings.

Am I really undercharging by that much?
Only if they are willing to pay more. :)

In the mid 90's, I produced a mini-series for my local Cable Access station.
It was this guy bringing a '76 Les Paul Custom back to life.
The Headstock had been broken-off the neck, and on and on. Sad, sad, story, enough about that.

Over a period of 2 and a half years, maybe longer, I shot enough footage to make about 6 episodes in pain-staking detail of what he did with his hands.

Wiring, wood repair, paint, binding, and all the setting-up.
I bought everything from him, Labor was free, he got himself a finished mini-series starring himself.

That axe smoked when he was through with it.

Not just anybody can do that, tip of the hat to those who can.
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