By strict definition, a luthier is a craftsman who builds or repairs stringed instruments and has specific woodworking skills. We service only acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and bass guitars.
What Does a Luthier Do?
Luthiers can repair a damaged guitar body, cracked or broken neck, nut work, fill, enlarge and drill holes, repair structural damage and deal with surface blemishes. Luthiers typically know how to stain, paint, and refinish instruments.
Guitar techs are better at wiring, electrical repair, replacing components, setups, tuning, intonation and related maintenance.
We offer both luthier and guitar tech services to repair acoustic, electric and bass guitars.
Luthiers vs. Guitar Techs
A master luthier has formal training and many years of experience which enables the luthier to build stringed instruments from raw materials. There are relatively few master luthiers in the United States. This is because building a stringed instrument is typically not a profitable endeavor. A guitar builder simply cannot compete with manufacturers who mass produce guitars. These days, luthiers most often work on wood repairs and restoration.
When do you need luthier services?
If your guitar has damage such as a cracked neck, or needs modifications for new tuners or electronics you need someone with woodworking skills and proper tools.
When do you need more than a luthier?
If you have wiring or electronic issues you need someone with guitar tech skills. Luthier schools focus mainly on woodworking, not wiring, electronics and components.
Artisan luthiers offers both luthier services and guitar tech services. Whatever you need, give us a call to discuss how we can help you. You can also contact us online anytime.
A Short List of Luthier Services
- Fret level, crown, polish
- Refrets (full and partial)
- Install acoustic guitar pickups and preamps
- Circuit troubleshooting and repair
- Output jack repair and replacement
- Pickup installation, swap, rewire
- Repair broken guitar neck
- Neck reset or installation of Maple shims
- Neck / Fretboard refinishing
- Repair cracked acoustic guitar body
- Bridge, saddle, strap button installation
- Bone nut and saddle replacement (or synthetic)
- Tuner replacement / installation
- Truss rod replacement
- Install dot and fretboard markers
- Remove damaged or broken screws
- Fill / redrill screw holes
- Custom pickguards and cover plates
- Chip, dent and scratch repair
- Customization and Mods
We are convenient for customers needing a luthier in Marietta, Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, Roswell and nearby areas. Ask about our Artisan Concierge services for local pickup and delivery.
Luthier Services Cost
The cost for luthier services is impossible to define or standardize. This is because the number of hours and/ parts required is never the same for any two jobs. We offer Free Inspections and Luthier Cost Estimates to fix your instrument.
Request Luthier Services
Call or text 770-654-3223 to set an appointment for luthier work. We offer free estimates for cost of luthier services. We do accept ship-in work from other states.
Woodworking for Guitars
We accept cash, debit and major credit cards.