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Lutherie & Instrument Repair

I worked as a string-instrument repair tech (aka Luthier) seasonally during college, and then throughout the week for a couple of years after graduating. I got plenty of experience setting up, mending, and reconstructing violin-family instruments as well as guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, etc.


I started in instrument repair at the San Diego County Music Exchange when I was 17 and bought my first upright bass on a budget; the bass was damaged in shipping and I bought it at wholesale value from Lemur Music- only its neck completely snapped off, had no sound post or bridge yet, and the fingerboard was warped. After some on-the-job training and an intensive reconstruction, I took it to study music at university, and it's the same upright bass that I gig with to this day.

Instrument Services

Please Note: I live in Santa Rosa now - I almost exclusively provide these services locally to the North Bay Area. Please contact me to arrange a repair consultation.

Common Setup Jobs

"Violin-Style" Instruments

- Restring/Tuning

String Clearance Adjustment

- Bridge Fitting/Replacement

- Tuning Peg Shaping/Replacement

- Fingerboard treatment & polish

- Tailpiece/Tailgut Tension Adjustment

- Finetuner set-up

- Soundpost Fitting

- Polish/Cleaning

- Bow Pre-Rosining

- Chinrest Setup

- Quiver Attachment

"Guitar-Style"  Instruments

- Restring/Tuning

- Nut file/Truss Rod/String Action

- Saddle Intonation

- Fingerboard treatment & polish

- Tuning Machine Tightening/Lubricating

- Electronics cleaning or upgrades

- Output Jack/Knob Tightening

- Full body polish and cleaning

Intensive "Overnight" Overhaul Jobs

- Crack Mending

- Neck Reattachment

- Scroll Reassembly and Reinforcement

- Fingerboard Replacement/Fitting

- Electric Pickup Installation

- etc.

- Crack Mending

- Neck Reattachment

- Headstock Reassembly and Reinforcement

- Fret Replacement, Crowning, and Buffing

- Fret Scalloping

- Fretless Conversion "a la Jaco"

- etc.

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