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Acoustic Guitar Nut Replacement

November 16th, 2018 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Acoustic Guitar Nut Replacement”

Acoustic guitar nut replacement and what you should know

We feel that an acoustic guitar nut made from bone is the best for your tone. Over time you may notice your guitar strings buzzing on open notes. This open string buzz is usually caused by nut slots that have worn down from playing and tuning your guitar up and down. The guitar strings are touching the first fret and they shouldn’t be! This can be quite annoying when your trying to play your acoustic guitar in any situation.

There is however a solution. It’s time to have your acoustic guitar nut replaced by a professional. We will often fabricate nuts made from bone. We start from a bone blank and fabricate the nut to fit your acoustic guitar the way that it should. A lot of guitar manufacturers will use synthetic materials for acoustic guitar nuts to cut down on costs however we believe an acoustic guitar nut fabricated from bone will bring new life into your acoustic guitar, our customers like them and so will you. 

Customers will at times ask us to install a prefabricated acoustic guitar nut that they bought online. Unfortunately most of the time these nuts do not fit properly. Either the string spacing is uneven or they are not the right size.

We know how frustrating this can be, we are here to guide you.


1930’s maybell parlor guitar Restoration

June 14th, 2018 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “1930’s maybell parlor guitar Restoration”

restored maybell parlor guitar 1930A lot of us grew up with music in our family’s. Guitars being played by family members especially on Holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving when all would gather and sing songs passed down from generations past, aunts, uncles, fathers and grandfathers joining in chorus. Old martin Guitars, gibson, Ovation’s and many other instruments would be pulled from a guitar case new and old to regale us with these songs. It was common to see maybell, silvertone & Harmony Guitars as these were the more affordable Guitars to own and readily available from the Sears catalog. These old guitars no matter what the brand have a very special place for us in our hearts as they preserve the great memories of days past. As our loved ones leave this world to another. Often these great treasures are left behind in a closet, under a bed or in the care of grandchildren, some of them are in great condition and others are in need of attention while cracks have formed or neck angles have dove into the abyss leaving these guitars with extremely high uncomfortable action making with the end result being that we don’t want to play them. The Maybell parlor guitar pictured in this post is one of these special guitars that is priceless to the family. It came to us with all of the back bracing completely popped off and the neck block came loose causing the top to crack on each side of the fretboard thus causing the sound hole to cave in. We were able to re install all of the back bracing and repair the loose neck block. The back was then reinstalled after fixing some more racing that we found to be loose on the top. After this a neck reset was performed to get the playability of this guitar dialed in.

Once all the repair work was completed the customer arrived to claim Grandpas old 1930’s Maybell Parlor guitar and was very pleased. It was important to us to retain as much of the patina as possible in this old guitar so we left the dark build up on the top. It just figures that the owner of this guitar would show up in a cool old New Yorker!

Here are some pics of the restoration process.


guitar setup and how often it should be done

October 1st, 2017 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “guitar setup and how often it should be done”

 Guitar setup and how often it should be done.

My answer is often the same “once to twice a year but it depends on what the weather is like and other factors.” How often you play your guitar and how it is stored are things to consider. Changing your guitar’s string gauge & size can sometimes change the geometry in your guitar as well which will make it necessary to have adjustments done.

 You can also expect to see a change in your guitar when the weather gets cold or hot.

Humidity is also a factor that you need to keep in mind. If you have ever done gigs outside in the cold weather you might notice your strings feel closer to the frets. The neck of the guitar has decided to straighten out and possibly gone in to a back bow. This can cause string rattle and notes to fret out as well as a change in intonation causing your chords to sound a bit off. The opposite can happen when (more…)

How to remove pickups from a Parker Fly Guitar

September 22nd, 2017 Posted by HowTo 0 thoughts on “How to remove pickups from a Parker Fly Guitar”

How to remove pickups from a parker Fly Guitar

Here is a quick explanation along with a video so you can see how to remove pickups from a Parker guitar. The two outside E string pole pieces are actually screwed into inserts in the pickup rout. First thing you want to do is raise the pole pieces on the pickup, go for the ones in the center so you have something to grab and pull on while you loosen the pickup. Now, Turn the pole piece on the high E string and the Low E string on the pickup counter clockwise until they are loose from the body inserts. give the center poles a tug and the pickup should come right out. Watch the video and you will see exactly how this is done. Keep in mind the variation of how Parker was securing humbucker’s into guitars can vary with different models, some used the A and B string Pole to fasten the pickup but this is how it went on this guitar.

Banjo Repair & Restoration

September 13th, 2016 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Banjo Repair & Restoration”

Banjo Repair & Restoration

We have done a lot of banjo Repair & Restoration, seen and worked on a lot of beautiful banjos in the years I was at buffalo brothers guitars. Some were arch tops and some were even fret-less if you can believe it. It was very common however to see 5 string banjos come across my bench. Over the years I have seen the popularity of banjos grow. It has increased across a wide age range with the influence of bands like Mumford & sons and a return to folk roots music. With these changes we have seen a big influx of banjo repair and restoration come into the shop.  Demand for banjo repair and restoration services have increased significantly.  When you get your banjo back after restoration or repair your sure to see and feel the difference! You probably have an old banjo that has been in the family for many years and you don’t know what it is and you want to know more about it. Maybe you are a regular player that is looking for improvements to be made on your banjo collection. What ever the need is we are here to help guide you to a solution that makes the most sense for you. Check out some of our banjo services listed below.


Banjo Setup: (head tuning, neck adjust, nut slots, tension rod adjustment, tail piece and truss rod, clean fret board, polish frets, tuner adjustment)

Banjo Head Replacement: (includes Setup and strings)

Banjo Head Replacement:
Calf or Goat skin ( includes break down and reassembly of entire banjo and all major point adjustments)

Complete restoration:
Can include refinishing and also vary from instrument to instrument and is determined by customers desires. Shop rate for banjo restoration is $105 per hour. Restoration time can vary depending on the severity of damage caused by rust and weathering.

We are trusted by Deering and Stelling Banjos and have extensive experience working on the following banjos:

Gibson, conversion Gibsons, Paramount, Vega, Stelling, Huber and so many more.


Call us for a free consultation today! 760-729-8100



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