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Acoustic Luthier in Chicago

ericghanus

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Ive got a 1949 Martin O-18 that’s a family heirloom in need of some work. Most likely a neck reset, some fret work, and replacing the tuners. Does anyone have a recommendation for a trusted vintage Martin luthier in Chicago? I’ve been using CME lately but didn’t know if anyone had other places they’ve used. Chicago Fret Works has a lot of good reviews online as well.


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I would go with Chicago Fret Works. I bought a 1952 J-45 that needed work and they did a really good job with it. It probably needed a neck reset but the cost would be more than it was worth and they were able to plane the board and refret it to get it playing great. I couldn't be happier with their service.
 

ericghanus

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I would go with Chicago Fret Works. I bought a 1952 J-45 that needed work and they did a really good job with it. It probably needed a neck reset but the cost would be more than it was worth and they were able to plane the board and refret it to get it playing great. I couldn't be happier with their service.
Good to know. Thanks,
 

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oblong
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You should talk to Geoff Benge, too.
I did, years ago because I got referred to him. So I had him refret my main strat and he not only did a bad job with the refret, but he broke the bridge mount stock so that I had to make my guitar a blocked bridge. Which was funny, because the bridge had nothing to do with the work I was requesting.

But...maybe he's learned since then. :rolleyes:
 

Rob 62

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Well - my first post in nearly three years, and it immediately went south. Thanks for reminding me of why I quit visiting the Gear Page.
 

ericghanus

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Well - my first post in nearly three years, and it immediately went south. Thanks for reminding me of why I quit visiting the Gear Page.
Thanks for your help. What work did he do for you? Is he located at a shop or on his own?
 

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oblong
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Well - my first post in nearly three years, and it immediately went south. Thanks for reminding me of why I quit visiting the Gear Page.
Sorry to hurt your feelings. But the person you recommended did irreparable damage to my number one guitar that was a very special gift to me from my father. This happened a long time ago, so maybe I was just one of his "learning projects" and he is much better at guitar repair now. However, I would be doing the OP a disservice if I didn't tell him of my experience with your recommendation.
 

samarshll

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Rick Cremer of Cremer guitar works in North Aurora. He has done restorations of old Martins, Gibsons, and vintage instruments. His work is meticulous. He has a 13 week wait list though.
 




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