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Just in case you missed it: Setup Workshops are back!

http://www.strangeguitarworks.com/workshops/
We believe that every musician should understand how their instrument works. A thorough knowledge of how to properly set up a guitar is something every guitarist should possess. There is no secret, no mystery, no magic, no mojo to this – all it takes to set up a guitar is skill, knowledge, the right tools, …
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We were told to strike a sexy pose. This was the best we could do.
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Throwback Thursday, 2009: Aaron and I coincidentally end up getting tetanus shots on the same day. ‪#‎tbt‬
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In between building custom instruments at Fodera Guitars in Brooklyn, Aaron has been building his own Maret Guitars. This one, hand painted by Gregory Silverman, is available for sale. Interested? Give us a call - let's talk.
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I'm back in the shop today! I'm glad I took the time off, but I was getting antsy: I'm ready to get back to work. Let's do this!
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Oh man, what a year! This was an incredibly productive year for Strange Guitarworks – absolutely crazy, super busy, always fascinating. All in all, a wonderful year, and I can’t thank each and every one of you enough. You’ve trusted me with your guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, and some bizarre stringed instruments that I couldn’t … Continue reading »
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By popular demand, Setup Workshops are back! Back in the old shop (uh… Benjamin’s house), a few Setup Workshops were held, and it was a fantastic experience for those lucky few who got in while the getting was hot. Unfortunately, the space was just too small to accommodate four people comfortably, so the Workshop program was … Continue reading »
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Aaron fixing a broken Taylor headstock.
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Say hello to my new partner, Mr. Aaron Younce.

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Oh man, I have been looking forward to this day for over three years. Today is the day that my dear friend Aaron Younce joins me at Strange Guitarworks. (This is the most rockin’ picture of him I have. First impressions are important.) I first met Aaron in San Francisco, and we worked side by … Continue reading »
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This was fun. Big thanks to my pals at Keller Strings for their assistance.

http://www.strangeguitarworks.com/cello-guitar-end-pin-fix/
Here’s something you don’t see every day: The story is that a former cellist started playing guitar, and it just felt more natural to play the guitar vertically. Someone helpfully installed a cello endpin, but unfortunately didn’t do it correctly, and the pin was very unstable and wobbled all over the place. Now, I don’t … Continue reading »
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Hey everybody - the shop is closed for the holidays, and will re-open with a bang January 4th. Until then, have a happy holidays and a fantastic new year!
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1122 Dublin St New Orleans, LA 70118
1122 Dublin StreetUSLouisianaNew Orleans70118
Musical Instrument Repair ShopToday Closed
Sunday ClosedMonday 12–6PMTuesday 12–6PMWednesday 12–6PMThursday 12–6PMFriday ClosedSaturday Closed
Strange Guitarworks is a full service guitar repair shop owned and operated by Master Guitar Tech, Benjamin Strange, located in New Orleans, LA.
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"Awesome re-fret and re-set neck on my vintage Danelectro at a great price."
"Guitar Techs like this are few and far between."
"Many of you hear the phrase " neck reset " and it scares you."
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Cameo Olson
a year ago
DON'T BUY A NEW GUITAR! TAKE YOUR OLD ONE TO BEN!!! Over the past year, Ben has set-up four of my guitars/basses, including a nut replacement. Every one came back to me in just a few days, and more importantly, sounding MUCH better and easier to play. He has the right ear, the right gear, and the experience needed to please his customers. Mission accomplished! I've also taken the set-up course he offers. I highly recommend it, even if you don't plan to do your own guitar work. I left with a much better understanding of the nuances of guitar construction/set-up, and better armed to make smart guitar purchases. Ben is the missing link NOLA musicians need…pro or not. Thanks Ben! -Eric
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Mike Deshazo
a year ago
I've brought two guitars to Benjamin over the last year or so for setups/fretwork. His work is nothing short of stellar, with both instruments becoming much easier, and more enjoyable, to play than before they arrived in his shop. His prices are extremely reasonable, and he's a very nice guy to deal with. I've recommended him to friends/bandmates, and they've had the same outstanding experience that I have. If there's a better tech in the New Orleans area, I sure haven't found him/her.
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John SIMM
a year ago
Congratulations to you for your honest to goodness information and simple but effective ideas that allowed me to set up a Floyd Rose bridge. This was my first hands on experience with this type of bridge and I sought several other sources that whilst not confusing did not allow a common sense solution. Yours did and I successfully set up, tuned, intonated and floated the bridge to near perfection cheers.
Jeffrey Sutton
2 years ago
I walked into Ben's shop with a beat up '67 Epiphone Riviera that sported a nasty crack in the back of the neck just below the headstock, worn frets, a collapsed AVR-1 and a nasty fretboard that had too much relief on one side and was backbowed on the other. I left Ben's shop with guitar that is both amazingly playable and freakishly great sounding; it intonates beautifully, chords are warm, rich and in-tune, and if you dig the old school sounds of Otis Rush and Magic Sam, well, this guitar has it. Lots of luthiers would have looked at my guitar as being either too risky to repair or as a chance to make bank for the month, but Ben looked at it as a challenge and delivered the goods. Thanks, Ben, that Epi is amazing, and I really appreciate all your hard work to bring the old girl back to life!
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edwin kuykendall
8 months ago
This gentleman and scholar brought my Betty (fender, telecaster to you) back to life from years of serious use and neglect. Definitely the guy I'm calling first for guitar related crisis.
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Patrick Cooper
a year ago
Benjamin did a neck reset, re-fret job, and also did some bridge plate repairs on my 1974 Martin D-28. I just played it for the first time at my gig last night. It played so easily I had to lighten my attack and press lighter on the strings because I was so used to fighting the guitar! Sounds great, Benjamin! Thanks for all your hard work and attention to detail! I'll be back with another guitar soon.
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Aaron Younce
2 years ago
I can personally attest to the quality and consistency of Benjamin's work, and also to the exceptional customer service he provides. His skills, depth of knowledge, and care for the instrument and the customer are unassailable. Guitar Techs like this are few and far between. Strange Guitarworks is the most reliable guitar repair shop in New Orleans, and beyond! Highly recommended.
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josh schneider
2 years ago
Benjamin hit it out the park on this one! I could not be happier with the work that he did on my guitar! He is a true expert and craftsman. Many of you hear the phrase " neck reset " and it scares you. Well you have nothing to fear with Ben. He is gentle as a dove and wise as a serpent when it comes to anything with strings! He always called to let me know how things were going. I know this job was a headache for him but i know he appreciates the challenge. This is my second L. Benito. I won it on Ebay for a good price. Sadly this guitar was kept in a ver humid environment for many years (even though its a 2003) The top i believe is somewhat rippled and there is visible mold growth inside the sound hole. But nonetheless it sounds amazing! And thanks to Ben, it plays incredible! No buzzing with very low action. Wow what a night and day difference in the action! It was like 1/4 of an inch high at 12 fret before. Im glad i got the fret level and set up done too. These guitars are rare as heck and if you can find one under $2,000 its a good buy. The Alerce top is great. Amazingly clean tone and tons of headroom and sustain. I think these are the most "pleasing sounding" guitars I've heard and I've played a few. I knew he would do good, but i wasn't expecting it to come out this good. There is no gap at all where the neck joins the body and no scratches either! TAKE YOUR GUITAR TO BENJAMIN!!!
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