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This 1957 Gibson J45 hadn't been played in a long time. The action was very high, mostly due to a bad neck angle and warped top. After taking it apart and putting it back together again, it played beautifully, but didn't sound very good at first. Yet, after only a few minutes of playing, it opened right up and suddenly started sounding fantastic! Even I was amazed at the sudden shift in tone. While most people know that acoustic guitars tend to sound better the more they are played, most don't realize that they get worse if they're ignored. So play yer guitars!
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Guess what we perceive as better sounding is due to the wood structure stabilization in certain tensions increasing either the resonance box or even the neck response. Great works, cheers.
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If you absolutely must attach a mic mount to your headstock, perhaps electrical tape isn't the best choice.
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wth?
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Resetting the neck angle on a 1957 Gibson J45. Yeah, it's tedious work - but it's a pretty fun way to kill a few hours (or days).
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Now that's a sharp chisel.
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Hey, everybody – I’ve got somebody I’d like you to meet. This handsome fella here is my good friend, Mr. Scott Morgan, from Helsinki, Finland. Scott is an amazing guitar tech and luthier, who deserves the credit/blame for getting me into this whole fixing guitars thing. I met Scott way back in my Werlein’s for … Continue reading »
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I guess if you really, really want your Les Paul to be out of tune at all times, add a zero fret. #dontactuallydothis
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I'm going to have nightmares.
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Why yes, I can refret RainSong Graphite Guitars​. #easypeasy
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All clamped up and nowhere to go.
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Scott (of Morgan Guitars​) cleaning up the edges of an old banjo fretboard on the drum sander. Look at him go!
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Re-radiusing this Strat neck from 18cm(7.25") to 30cm(12"). My elbows are going to hate me.
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Carving the heel of a 1957 Gibson J45 for a neck reset. Man, I am loving these new chisels - they're cutting through this end grain mahogany like butter.
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Ouch - I just spent $600 on this set of chisels and honing guide. #itsagoodkindofpain
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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."
"I highly recommend it, even if you don't plan to do your own guitar work."
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edwin kuykendall
a month 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
11 months 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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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.
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
9 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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John SIMM
10 months 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.
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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
a year 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.