Stringed Instrument Repairs, Service and Sales

Making your instrument the best for you!

Welcome to the website of Calgary’s independent Guitar Repair shop. We offer a full line of Luthier services from the basic to the anything but basic. From acoustic and electric guitars to basses, banjos and mandolins. Any number of issues could be holding you back from your instrument playing its absolute best. If it has strings, we’ve worked on it. So if you find that your beloved instrument isn’t feeling the way you expect then you’re probably due for some service.

We will take the time to listen and come up with a game plan before undertaking any repair or modification. With a relaxed, yet professional environment, we want the entire process to be stress free in knowing you are in good hands.

Over 25,000 Instruments repaired

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Repairs | Rebuilds | Set Ups

We offer a full line of Luthier services from the basic to the anything but basic. From acoustic and electric guitars to basses, banjos and mandolins. Any number of issues could be holding you back from your instrument playing its absolute best. If it has strings, we’ve worked on it. So if you find that your beloved instrument isn’t feeling the way you expect then you’re probably due for some service.

Set Ups

Most commonly the biggest issues our clients face with their instruments is simply a result of wood being wood. Calgarys’ climate can wreak havoc on even the highest quality wood. Let us explain to you the advantages and disadvantages associated with different style set ups, so you can make an informed decision and get your baby playing to match your individual style perfectly.

Nut and Saddle Replacement

One of the most popular as well as cost efficient way to immediately improve the sound and tone or your instrument is nut and/or saddle replacement. By upgrading the nut and saddle to a much denser, more consistent material, hand made to fit each unique instrument, we are able to enhance the transfer of energy. This gives you an instrument that will sound better, sustain longer, with an improved ability to project.

Modifications

Mods can be any modification to your instrument. Whether its changing the tuners, bridge, frets or finish of your guitar you can achieve a lot of great results. However in my experience mods most often refer to changes to the electronics. With mods there are lots of options. We’re more than happy to talk to you so we can figure out exactly what you’re looking for. There are lots of new directions your guitar can go when dealing with sounds.

Neck Resets

One of the bigger jobs we do at Guitar O.R. is a neck reset. Over the life of any wooden instrument, the pull from the strings can actually move the neck forward. This causes the string height to be much higher, effecting pitch and greatly increasing the amount of physical pressure you have to apply with your fingers to play. A neck reset involves removing the neck from the body of the guitar and sanding off just enough wood from the heel of the neck to change the pitch or angle of the neck.

Structural

Accidents happen, things break, and we can fix them! This is an example of rebracing a Fender Kingman acoustic guitar.

Jarin Winterhalt

Jarin is a certified guitar technician that has been building and repairing instruments for over 20 years. Jarin has been the in-house guitar tech for The Calgary Folk Festival for the past 5 years and has held similar positions at Country Thunder, Jazz YYC, etc.  He has proudly repaired and worked on Steve Earle, etc…

Jarin is a certified technician for Fender Music co. and Taylor Guitars as well as a member of the Guild of american Luthiers and Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans.

Meet the Management

 Juno: Greeter & GM – Jack: Assistant Gm
Jack and Juno website pic