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Guitar Repair in San Francisco/Bay Area?

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  • Guitar Repair in San Francisco/Bay Area?

    Hi guys, quick question for the Bay Area/SF residents. Where is the best repair shop to take my guitar too? I'm trying to get a complete re-wire for my Strat with a push/pull pot and pickup shielding.

    What guitar shops do you recommend and anyone have any idea of how much this might cost?
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    Gary Brawer and company at Real Guitars, in an alley. Not cheap, but the best and guaranteed.

    http://brawer.com/

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    • #3
      Gary Brawer and company at Real Guitars, in an alley. Not cheap, but the best and guaranteed.

      http://brawer.com/


      Brawer's the only one I've ever used.

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      • #4
        Any idea what these guys might charge for a full re-wire?
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        • #5
          You could PM MikeSF. He's a pro guitarist from the area.
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          • #6
            Brawer's good but there's a long wait to get your instrument worked on. SF Guitarworks are also good, and I think the wait is shorter.

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            • #7
              Brawer's good but there's a long wait to get your instrument worked on. SF Guitarworks are also good, and I think the wait is shorter.


              Another vote for SFGuitarworks.

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              • #8
                One of the top techs anywhere is Larry Cragg in Marin (http://vintageinstrumentrental.com/)
                He's been Neil Young's guitar tech since 1973, and has done guitar work for Santana, Steve Miller, Keith Richards, Springsteen, and other major players.

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                • #9
                  Brawer's good but there's a long wait to get your instrument worked on. SF Guitarworks are also good, and I think the wait is shorter.


                  Brawer does great work and is a terrific guy but last time I sent a guitar there it took 3 months to get it back. Probably would have been faster had my case read Schon, Hammet, Gillis or Chaquico like many of the cases I saw there did...

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                  • #10
                    Stephen White in Berkeley does great work. I bring all of my instruments to him.

                    http://www.guitartech.us/
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                    • #11
                      Got an estimate back from Gary Brawer. $150 for a complete re-wire to the following specs:
                      HSS pickups, volume, tone, tone (push/pull) pot for seven pickups combinations.
                      I provide pickups and pickguard and will purchase all controls from them.
                      Complete shielding.

                      Or for $100 everything minus the shielding.

                      What do you guys thing? Sound fair? I'm inclined to think that's a fair price for the work.
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                      2010 Gisbon Les Paul Studio<br />
                      2001 Fender Fat Strat<br />
                      1997 Squire Strat Project <br />
                      <br />
                      Blackstar HT1RH w/ 1x12 Eminence Cab <br />
                      <br />
                      Boss ME-50<br />
                      Whammy IV -&gt; Vox 847 Wah -&gt;TS9 -&gt; Phase 90 -&gt; DigiDelay -&gt; Boss GE7 EQ</font><br />
                      <br />
                      <font size="1">Good Transactions: PunkKitty, MetalGuitar08, conky</font></div>

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                      • #12
                        It's a bit on the high side but I've taken my guitars there a few times and he's always done a perfect job.

                        One great suggestion he had when rewiring my guitar was to use a different value component so that my tone knob had more of a useable range. Basically I never used 0-5 on my tone because it was way too dark, I just used 6-10. He changed it so that the entire sweep of the knob went from 6-10, if that makes any sense.
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                        • #13
                          I go to either Antone at Antone's Music in Newark or Benny Rodriguez in Concord. Benny is probably one of the coolest dudes I've ever met and knows his **************** more than anyone else I know of.
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                          • #14
                            I go to either Antone at Antone's Music in Newark or Benny Rodriguez in Concord. Benny is probably one of the coolest dudes I've ever met and knows his **************** more than anyone else I know of.


                            Brawer has done top notch work for me but that wait is looooong. Also had a neck built /pleked by Danny Ransom in the same store.

                            Benny Rodrigues is indeed as good if not better then Brawer. Benny is a true pro and nice guy.
                            Also, Greg Day is a young fella that was taught by Benny and Greg does good work for a great price. He works out of Danville Music in Danville. Ask for Greg Day.
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                            • #15
                              How about the South Bay? I have an acoustic I'd like to take in for a professional setup (it may need a neck reset, but I want confirmation), and I was thinking about Keith Holland in Los Gatos. Any feedback on his work???
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