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Inside view of an old Ampeg Scroll Bass pickup. This one was non-functional until I got my hands on it - now it sounds massive. Do want.
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POV shot: giving a fretless Ampeg Scroll Bass the business.
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Making the world a more discordant place, one bass at a time.
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Go fretless USA! Seriously, is there anything cooler than a fretless bass? I was an exclusively fretless player for years – first doing a fretless conversion on my old Peavy B-Quad 4, and later defretting my number one bass, my 1974 Ovation Magnum. Urban myth may say that Jaco yanked the frets out of his bass … Continue reading »
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Here's something you don't see every day.@BohemianGuitars @therevivalists 
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Snapped your headstock off? Don't worry - I got you.
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After a long day in the shop, I like to sit on the couch with a good book and a scotch, and put my feet up on the coffee table bass.
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Freshly installed bell brass frets. Sweet!
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John Lisi (of Deltafunk) says I can have his 1934 National Dobro when he is dead. Anybody know a good hitman?
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Now this is fun. #gofretlessusa
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Peeling a ruined fretboard off a mid-80s BC Rich bass. Don't try this at home, kids.
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1415 Cambronne St New Orleans, LA 70118
1415 Cambronne StreetUSLouisianaNew Orleans70118
Musical Instrument Repair Shop
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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"Guitar Techs like this are few and far between."
"Stainless steel frets are definitely the way to go, and Ben is the guy to go to."
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edwin kuykendall
3 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.
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
a year 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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Cameo Olson
11 months 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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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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Mark S
a year ago
Scored a $100 guitar (Squier 51) off Craigslist. Sounded great; mysteriously difficult action. I took it to Strange Guitarworks and Benjamin had it sorted out by the next day. The nut needed to be re-cut. He did a great job, and the guitar is 100% better. Now if he could do that with my $100 Squier, then I know I'm going to bring my more expensive ones in! Great guy to deal with, very polite & efficient, and he guarantees all his work. It is frankly a relief not to have to do all my work myself any more due to the lack of competent guitar repairmen in New Orleans (sorry, y'all, but it's the truth). We now have a competent guitar repairman in town. Rejoice!
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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.