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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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"Stainless steel frets are definitely the way to go, and Ben is the guy to go to."
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"Guitar Techs like this are few and far between."
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"Awesome re-fret and re-set neck on my vintage Danelectro at a great price."
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Cameo Olson
7 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
7 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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josh schneider
a year 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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Mike Deshazo
8 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
9 months 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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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.

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Hey everybody - I'm planning on taking some much needed time off. In order to clear my schedule, I won't be accepting any new work until May 15th. I'd appreciate it if you held your requests until then. Thanks!
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Came across you while searchin' for somethin' as sweet as an expressions-2-system, & someone who may install it   ..etc. etc...
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A bit of light bondage never hurt anybody...
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Pro-tip to guitar techs: if your client doesn't ask for it, don't plane the radius flat on their vintage Martin D35. That's just not cool. #notpro
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New axe day: 1965 Conn 10M tenor sax. It's been 20 years since I last played, and I'm really excited to get back at it. Now, to find a good sax tech in New Orleans...
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I was having a good day until you posted that. Thanks.
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Why yes, I'd be happy to assist with your custom parts build.
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Hey gang - check out Girls Rock New Orleans, a summer music camp for girls, transgender, and gender non-conforming kids, where they learn to make music and build confidence and community. It's a nationwide program, and this is their first year in New Orleans. They're in need of volunteers and instruments, so please consider getting involved or donating a guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums or trumpet.
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Splashing into our summer '14. Girls Rock New Orleans is a music camp where girls, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth learn to play instruments, form bands, write original songs, and perform a concert at a live music venue—all in a week! This summer is our inaugural camp, from June 30- ...
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I made this oversized aluminum block to prevent this Rickenbacker's truss rods from bending and digging into the wood. Cool, huh?
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Usually I only need to take a little bit off the top of the frets to get them perfectly even. This was not one of those times.
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You must choose... wisely.
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Making a rosewood fretboard from scratch. Fun times.
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