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> Just Got My Acoustic Guitar Back From A Local Luthier, It's been a scary few days
post Jul 29 2012, 06:13 PM
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I took my €4.5K Bourgeois Slope D to a local luthier who I hadn't been to before on Wednesday.

His workshop was full of part made guitars, violins etc, lots of wood and dust.

He also runs a little school for would be luthiers so there were a few students around.

I left my guitar with him with just a post it note on it with my details and what was wrong (high action due to a slight bellying near the bridge)

He just put it on his desk, didn't want the case as the guitar would get forgotten about if it wasn't in sight, and didn't seem to show much interest at all.

I left a little worried, but I'd heard he was good and better than the other repair guy who would keep guitars for weeks and weeks without looking at them.

It's been a tense few days, but I got a call that it was done yesterday and went there, to find him playing it, for some tourists that had popped in. He was much more talkative this time and we discussed Bourgeois guitars and other makes. The guitar just needed a truss rod adjustment and he took a little height off the saddle, polished the frets and did some work to the fret ends as he thought they were a little sharp. He only charged me €20, so as I thought I might be in for a neck reset and at least a week without the guitar I gave him €50. Definitely worth it to find someone I can trust with my guitars close to home.

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post Jul 29 2012, 07:09 PM
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You are lucky to have a good Luthier Local cool.gif

For this great guitar worth to spend a few Euros! rolleyes.gif

I wish there would be a great Luthier closed to my place .

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post Jul 30 2012, 08:41 AM
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I recently moved to a new city and went to a guitar store to ask them to fix the intonation on my acoustic. They didn't really seem to know what was wrong with it because it has an adjusted bridge already. I figured an adjusted nut would do the trick, but they weren't sure and recommended a Luthier in town. I brought my guitar there and he looked at it and told me what was wrong right away.

He told me that because of its age, the tension is pulling up on the body creating a problem that happens in all acoustics. The body around the bridge is displaced causing the action to rise and the intonation gets messed up. As soon as he mentioned it I realized, of course that would happen! He told me exactly how to fix it and said he could have it done within a day.

It's nice to find a person who you can trust to work on your guitars and get a quick return. I remember bringing my guitars to a Long and McQuade many years ago to have them tell me the waiting time was 6-8 weeks for a setup. I told them no way and learned how to do it myself smile.gif

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