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  • Do you trust guitar shops you don't know for repair?

    I mean, let's say you moved to a new town or whatever and you don't know the owner of that shop. Would you leave your guitar there if it didn't work? I know I sound crazy, but who knows. Have you ever had a bad experience with guitar repair? For example the guy didn't really pay attention and the guitar had scratches or whatever? I made a topic in the past about my Fernandes Dragonfly not making any sound anymore and I am thinking of giving it somewhere for repair.

  • #2
    I do most of my own repairs when something is too complex or something I do not want to deal with I have one guy I deal with. People ship him guitars for repair from all over the country. He is an hour's drive for me but sometimes I ship also.


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    • #3
      I don't now if I'd go somewhere I wasn't recommended. These days, it is easy to ask questions about experiences on social media or look up reviews. Ask some musicians in town on a social media group for your area.
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      • #4
        Usually I'll take one by for something small and see how that turns out

        One place I had grown to trust laid off the tech who did the good work and the owner attempted the work
        he was less than acceptable
        I was polite and never went back
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        • #5
          Not really. When I moved to Greece, it took me 2 years to finally trust my guitars with my local shop. Then I moved back to the U.S. 6 months later...

          Now I only trust one of the best shops in my state.
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          • #6
            Nope.

            I need to know someone who has had good work done by a shop before I'd take anything in. Learned that the hard way.
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            • #7
              Yes. I've had a few guitar techs do work on my stuff and they've all been horrible.

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              • #8
                I'd consider it for simple rewiring or a pickup swap if I really couldn't find the time to do it myself.

                But for anything like finish or fret work I'd want to be sure it was in expert hands.
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                • #9
                  I would never just take it to a local shop. I call the manufacturer and ask them to recommend an authorized repair person.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by beaubrummels View Post
                    I would never just take it to a local shop. I call the manufacturer and ask them to recommend an authorized repair person.
                    I did that once with a Fender
                    and after two hours of driving the tech told me I was Too Picky

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                    • #11
                      I don't even trust the ones I do know. One shop here in Phx did a fair amount of work for me but they stole vintage parts, lost them, worked on a 40s archtop on a guitar bench with screws on it so the back is marked up, etc etc. Morons and thieves.

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                      • #12
                        Well, many authorized repair people just pay to be on that list. They might have to take an online test, but it is a pretty low bar, and I wouldn't put much stock into it.
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                        • #13
                          If you want something done right...

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                          • #14
                            Yes, these days, there is a ton of info online and some great books. I tend to DIY for everything that doesn't entail real woodworking. The trick is knowing what I am comfortable doing, and what I am not.
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                            • #15
                              Right now I am comfortable with everything up to woodworking. I'd like to get better at that.

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