Lutherie


Luthier: a stringed instrument builder/repair person.

I take on custom builds as well as the most intricate repairs - including finish work. My love for music fuels my woodworking passion and I've been working on guitars for over a decade. I can customize your current guitar with handmade accessories or build you one from scratch, including you in the wood selection process (making it a much more personal build). Please email matt@darksideofthewood.com for any inquiries.

Karl Knilling cello circa 1950s. Neck broke only to discover the poor glue joint.

Remove other part of neck with steam and strip glue off. Fix any chipped repair customer saved.

Sanded parts ready to dry assemble and glue with epoxy for gap filling requirements.

Clamped from 2 directions to ensure proper bond over entire surface area.

Bone saddle replacement on an acoustic guitar. A lot of instruments use plastic, which is not good at holding resonance from an instrument.

Slotted and polished to a beautiful shine, the saddle is the first break point for the strings. Strings must sit properly for correct instrument playability

Bone nut build on an acoustic. Nut cut to width and nut slot is filed flat and sits tight against both faces of the nut.

Strings are slotted and the nut is sanded down to remove any tension on the strings. Remember, the slots are guide marks, not clamps, for the strings. Improper filing reduces any chance of proper intonation.

Floyd Rose set up

Proper balancing of bridge levelness along with intonation of each individual string takes time to dial in. It is well worth the proper set up, as a TRUE Floyd Rose hold tuning like none other. Improper set up leaves the action too high or the bridge stressed out with tension.

Electrical issues

Proper solder joints reduce any noise or or loss of sound from increased resistance in the electrical system. A simple rewire could change the entire sound of your guitar and is a good start to improved clarity in the instrument.

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