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Maltese Fan
02-02-2011, 09:19 AM
Looking for a good guitar tech/luthier In Los Angeles. Preferably in The Valley.

Rock Johnson
02-02-2011, 10:01 AM
Roman Rist. Done.

Maltese Fan
02-02-2011, 10:42 AM
He has quite the client list. Thanks.

dougk
02-02-2011, 10:46 AM
Roman Rist. Done.

'cept Roman lives in Shasta City now. About 10 hours north. ;)

Maltese Fan
02-02-2011, 11:05 AM
'cept Roman lives in Shasta City now. About 10 hours north. ;)
Hmmmm, his website still says Hollywood. :dunno
Might be out of my price range anyway, we're talking < $500 guitars at this point.

straightblues
02-02-2011, 11:24 AM
Eric's Guitar Shop is great. http://www.ericsguitarshop.com/

If you are doing fretwork, Mike Tuttle is the man. http://www.bestfrets.com/flash/index.htm

Roman Rist is great also and he is building me a guitar right now, but he is up north now.

Trebor Renkluaf
02-02-2011, 11:26 AM
+100 on Michael Tuttle, if he's still taking on repairs (I think he might be focusing on building now).

mjh365
02-02-2011, 12:07 PM
David Neely..... Right above Mesa Boogie

http://www.neelyguitars.com/

Bryan T
02-02-2011, 12:15 PM
If I don't do the work on my guitar, I trust Leland at Westwood Music.

BlackStrat_Fan
02-02-2011, 12:28 PM
Eric's Guitar shop is great - and in the valley.

Maltese Fan
02-02-2011, 12:35 PM
Thanks for all the leads guys. Eric's Guitar shop looks like it'll work for now. Good prices and Van Nuys is very convenient for me.

PFCG
02-02-2011, 12:53 PM
PM sent.

Dana Olsen
02-02-2011, 02:32 PM
Fren Asken is both an excellent tech AND an excellent guitar player.

He's also a TGP member "Frenster" - 310-838-3599

Fren, I hope it's OK for me to post your shop number here.

Paul at True Tone Music in Santa Monica is also excellent ... and busy. Jim Foote at South Bay Music Works - 310-379-5194 - excellent work. Bill Asher w/ Asher Guitars in Marina Del Rey - 310-821-2888, excellent work and restoration work too.

Hope this helps, Dana O.

Thanks, Dana O.

Tomo
02-02-2011, 02:41 PM
Fren Asken is both an excellent tech AND an excellent guitar player.

He's also a TGP member "Frenster" - 310-838-3599

Fren, I hope it's OK for me to post your shop number here.

Paul at True Tone Music in Santa Monica is also excellent ... and busy. Jim Foote at South Bay Music Works - 310-379-5194 - excellent work. Bill Asher w/ Asher Guitars in Marina Del Rey - 310-821-2888, excellent work and restoration work too.

Hope this helps, Dana O.

Thanks, Dana O.

Hey Dana, great to see you at NAMM. Great playing!

How about Toru Nittono?

Tomo

mhz88
02-02-2011, 03:29 PM
Andy Brauer in Valley Village www.andybrauer.com

Dan Bombassei at http://www.guitarparamedic.com/ will come to your place and get it done in an hour.

paranoid70
02-02-2011, 03:29 PM
In the Long Beach area I would recommend World of Strings. They do all string instruments: guitars, bass, violin, chellos...

www.worldofstrings.net (http://www.worldofstrings.net)
(562) 599-3913

JB Eckl
02-02-2011, 09:45 PM
Noric Renson at Renson Guitar. Almost 20 years for me now!

Leonc
02-02-2011, 09:51 PM
In the valley, I like Tina Wood. She used to be at the Amp Shop on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, I believe, and may still be there.

mhz88
02-02-2011, 10:24 PM
In the valley, I like Tina Wood. She used to be at the Amp Shop on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, I believe, and may still be there.

I live in the area and was thinking about that place. I've read that many people mention her but they seem to get pretty bad reviews online.

http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/309664/sherman_oaks_ca/amp_shop_the_bass_exchange.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/amp-shop-bass-exchange-sherman-oaks

Leonc
02-03-2011, 08:47 AM
I live in the area and was thinking about that place. I've read that many people mention her but they seem to get pretty bad reviews online.

http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/309664/sherman_oaks_ca/amp_shop_the_bass_exchange.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/amp-shop-bass-exchange-sherman-oaks


If you read the reviews, the ones that are negative say they don't like Gary (owner/manager - he can be prickly for sure), they don't like the parking (yes, it's not good, but go there when they open, it's never been much of a problem for me) and they don't like the amp repairs. I have no exp. with their amp repairs and was not recommending their amp repair person. I was recommending Tina. Check the reviews and you'll find comments like this:

"The only reason I go there is because of Tina. She does the best guitar setups hands down in LA. She sets up all my guitars and I've tried pretty much every guitar tech in this town for the past 20 years. "

"Tina - is known as the Goddess of guitar repair in pro circles. They brought her to Nashville to give repair seminars (I know - they did it through me when they found out I knew her). Nobody does woodwork and frets like Tina."

Hugh DaMann
02-04-2011, 03:29 PM
Andy Brauer in Valley Village www.andybrauer.com

Dan Bombassei at http://www.guitarparamedic.com/ will come to your place and get it done in an hour.

I just had Dan here based on this post and he was great! On time, good guy, good work. Recommended!

mhz88
02-04-2011, 05:25 PM
I just had Dan here based on this post and he was great! On time, good guy, good work. Recommended!

Yes, I've had him over a few times, he's always on time, gives good tips and a great guy ! Feels good not to have to wait 1 week for a set up and still get the same quality work done within an hour.

danbomb
02-06-2011, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the kind words guys- the house call part has been very rewarding. It is so much easier to dial in a guitar with player right there next to me. I'm looking forward to possibly expanding into amp repair.

Maltese Fan
02-06-2011, 06:59 PM
In the valley, I like Tina Wood. She used to be at the Amp Shop on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, I believe, and may still be there.
I went there for a setup. Pretty sure it was her. She did O.K. but I think I can do better around here.

amphead777
02-07-2011, 02:09 AM
David Neely..... Right above Mesa Boogie

http://www.neelyguitars.com/
Another fan here.

minorseventh
02-07-2011, 02:57 AM
If you read the reviews, the ones that are negative say they don't like Gary (owner/manager - he can be prickly for sure), they don't like the parking (yes, it's not good, but go there when they open, it's never been much of a problem for me) and they don't like the amp repairs. I have no exp. with their amp repairs and was not recommending their amp repair person. I was recommending Tina. Check the reviews and you'll find comments like this:

"The only reason I go there is because of Tina. She does the best guitar setups hands down in LA. She sets up all my guitars and I've tried pretty much every guitar tech in this town for the past 20 years. "

"Tina - is known as the Goddess of guitar repair in pro circles. They brought her to Nashville to give repair seminars (I know - they did it through me when they found out I knew her). Nobody does woodwork and frets like Tina."

the first couple times I was there I thought they had customer service issues too, but then I bought a few things, and started stopping by. now they are all super cool, and I get nothing but good vibes from everyone there. even Gary!
I think, because they do have some real high end gear, they have to deal with allot of tire kickers and time wasters. hence, unless they know you, you get the attitude.

anyway. I have heard some very good things about Tina as well, and I would not hesitate to bring anything to her.
for my own needs Ive been going to Brett at Renson Guitars for many years.

Gtrman100
02-08-2011, 12:32 AM
+1 Norik Renson, and Brett is great too.

zachhahn
02-08-2011, 03:20 AM
mikey at true tone (santa monica) is great as well.

poseido
02-12-2011, 08:09 PM
I second that Dan of Guitar Paramedic is pretty awesome indeed! He did magic to my PRS and brought it back to life. I am very knit picky with setup and his fret level, setup and rewiring is top notch! His website is www.guitarparamedic.com and he'll even do the work at your place. Not to mention very cool guy to chat with too!

electricity17
02-13-2011, 07:05 PM
Another vote for Andy Brauer, he has taken amazing care of my guitars. He's helped me turn a decent $650 Les Paul Studio I grabbed off of ebay into a fantastic guitar that's now my main instrument, and he always goes the extra mile when I take guitars in. He's also done some repairs for my AC30 so he can do amps as well. He's a super nice guy who really loves guitars, my highest recommendation.

Chris Scott
02-13-2011, 07:22 PM
Andy B is good people, and knows his shit.

He's been doing it a long time. I remember him from when I was at Norm's in the late seventies - Norm and him were always on it for all the choice pieces.;)

BobbyFudge
02-13-2011, 10:50 PM
Noric Renson at Renson Guitar. Almost 20 years for me now!

+1...

landru64
02-13-2011, 10:56 PM
can't shake a stick at many of the recs but i can personally recommend:

eric (noticeably cheaper than others and great work. he is the sadowsky repair guy in LA for warranty work).
leland (especially for acoustics)

KRosser
02-14-2011, 07:47 AM
Another vote for Leland @ Westwood Music here....

ChazMania
02-14-2011, 09:11 AM
Pete Skermetta at LA Sound in Burbank- he was the head builder at Tyler and is now full time independent- and a very nice guy all around. http://lasounddesign.net/#home

landru64
02-14-2011, 09:14 AM
whoops...forgot about pete... pete's done a lot of work on my tylers and is sooo cool.

danbomb
02-19-2011, 02:27 PM
I just finished setting up a killer LP for poseido and noticed yet another use for chrome frets. His rosewood board was dried out but I'm not a big fan of the squeaky/sticky feel of lemon oil. A couple sprays and it was perfect with no waiting for it to soak in before wiping it off. Guess I won't be dragging around that huge bottle of lemon oil I've had for 10 years!
I can't say enough good things about this product- it makes a fingerboard feel like teflon and darkens up rosewood perfectly.

tapeworm
02-19-2011, 02:30 PM
David Neely..... Right above Mesa Boogie

http://www.neelyguitars.com/

David Neely worked on a 1968 Gibson 335 for Joe Bonamassa a while back. That to me says he is a solid choice.

zenitB
04-02-2011, 01:23 PM
I just had Dan here based on this post and he was great! On time, good guy, good work. Recommended!

Dan just finished a house call on my LP Jr. Nice job, great price and nice guy too. Highly recommended!

jim1jam
11-18-2011, 10:19 PM
I second that Dan of Guitar Paramedic is pretty awesome indeed! He did magic to my PRS and brought it back to life. I am very knit picky with setup and his fret level, setup and rewiring is top notch! His website is www.guitarparamedic.com (http://www.guitarparamedic.com) and he'll even do the work at your place. Not to mention very cool guy to chat with too!

Dan, just setup my Strat a few days ago and did a great job..now the intonation is perfect even well past the 12th fret, and the whammy bar stays
in tune really well too!...didn't have to leave home and wait for days or weeks either!

Charlie48
11-18-2011, 10:20 PM
David Neely..... Right above Mesa Boogie

http://www.neelyguitars.com/

+1

Great guy. Great luthier. My fav.

mrpinter
11-18-2011, 10:47 PM
+1 for Mikey at True Tone in Santa Monica. One of his specialties is assembling and sorting out Warmoth guitars and the like. Also at True Tone I like Junior, he works on setups and repairs but is also their pedal guru. I've gotten great service there.

Frenster
11-21-2011, 12:33 AM
Fren Asken is both an excellent tech AND an excellent guitar player.

He's also a TGP member "Frenster" - 310-838-3599

Fren, I hope it's OK for me to post your shop number here.

Paul at True Tone Music in Santa Monica is also excellent ... and busy. Jim Foote at South Bay Music Works - 310-379-5194 - excellent work. Bill Asher w/ Asher Guitars in Marina Del Rey - 310-821-2888, excellent work and restoration work too.

Hope this helps, Dana O.

Thanks, Dana O.

Very kind of you, Dana. I figure the number is on my website, no reason not to post it here!

Anything I can do for anyone, lemme know.

feet
11-21-2011, 02:19 AM
andy brauer is a great guy who does wonderful work, but the wait is super long. like 4-6 weeks long. whether thats worth it is up to you, but his work can't be questioned. not sure if there's a rush option, i didn't ask.

john wescott is great tech also that hasn't been mentioned yet. based in noho, relatively quick turns, reasonable prices. its never taken him longer than four days to pull something off, and he doesn't try to upsell his services. i've had him "downsell" more than a couple of times.

http://www.wescottguitar.com/services.html

danbomb
11-22-2011, 01:28 AM
john wescott is great tech also that hasn't been mentioned yet. based in noho, relatively quick turns, reasonable prices. its never taken him longer than four days to pull something off, and he doesn't try to upsell his services. i've had him "downsell" more than a couple of times.


Much like a good mechanic this is a measure of someone you can trust. A great guitar advisor is someone who gets the best bang for the buck without sacrificing tone.

NoisyDante
09-06-2012, 12:07 AM
I just had Dan work on my Gibson LP Standard, my PRS Hollowbody II, and my PRS Santana II. They all now play beautifully. I found his listing on this thread and I recommend him highly. Super quick turnaround too, I emailed him on Sunday and he came by on Tuesday, much better than leaving my guitars somewhere for a week or more.

http://www.guitarparamedic.com/

danbomb
03-05-2014, 02:23 PM
I just wanted to bump this thread to let you guys know I'm back in LA and ready to work!!