Guitar Tech/Luthier recommendations?

Wave7k132

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Hey everyone!

New here, I have a few custom warmoth builds and I do not feel confident in taking these to a typical Guitar Center/Sam Ash guitar tech as I have had bad experiences with almost all of them. Does anyone know of any reputable guitar techs/luthiers around the New Jersey/New York area? Someone who actually knows what he/she is doing?? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

Seamas

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Either one of mine would require crossing the Hudson if you are in Jersey:

I usually do most of my own stuff, but have gotten fret leveling/dressing and amp repair at Division Street Guitars in Peekskill, NY
https://divisionstreetguitars.com/
They did fine work and are all decent people. Nice small shop of all used gear.

I have also gotten work done by the Guitar Specialist, Doug Proper. Bedford Hills, NY. He extremely good, but the type of guy I would use for work on a a '50s Martin or Gibson. He can be pricey and has a substantial backlog. I had a '50s Martin in his shop for 14 months (neck reset).
https://www.guitarspecialist.com/


Also: What do you need done?
 

bugzapper

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Count me interested, as well.

I'm looking for a good tech/luthier to put together and set-up a Warmoth-based build.

(I am interested in doing much of this kind of stuff myself, at some point--looks really fun. But, right now, I'm more immediately looking for a guitar that meets some specs that, as far as I know, aren't met by what's found off-the-rack.)

 

Rick

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I don’t if he still works in Brooklyn but there was Gary fried of fried guitars.  I heard he want out of business but he may still be in the nyc area.  I also used carmine street guitars.  For basses Gage’s would be pricy but top notch. They might do guitars now.  I saw them work on bootsie Collins bass.  I touched the neck with the tip of my finger, but don’t tell Bootsie.  I remember there being places in Hoboken that were supposed to be good and some up in Bergen county.  Whether they are still there I don’t know ... that was over 15 years ago.
 

jackpax

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In the Central Jersey area, not too far from NYC, try New Jersey Guitar & Bass Center on Amboy Ave in Edison. Jay is a Jedi Master of guitar setup and just an all around great guy who greets everyone with a warm smile. What I like most about going there is that you get to talk directly to the guy working on your guitar. Every other place I've been in Jersey will have a guy who comes in a few nights a week to do the work. So the store clerk puts your guitar somewhere, writes you a claim check, and says see you later. Jay will give it a once over while you're in the shop. Turnaround time might be two weeks or more, but you'll get quality work.
 

jackpax

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In NYC, you want to go to 30th Street Guitars (actually located on W 27th St). You will get great work done there.
 
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