Guitar Repair When It Has To Be Right


From simply cosmetic fixes to complete overhauls, JHG has the expertise and experience in taking antique and vintage instruments and making them beautiful (and playable) again.

Pickup Swaps and Electronics Repair

Call on JHG to professionally install your new setup of custom or boutique pickups.  We work quickly and elegantly to make sure your new pickups are installed professionally and cleanly.  No solder pie here!  Dirt pot?  Sticky switch?  We use only the finest replacement parts available from companies like Switchcraft, CTS and Emerson in our electronics repair and upgrade services.  Passive, Active is no problem.  Bring your electronics repair projects to us for a speedy recovery.

Neck Resets

When the neck angle is too low or high, it’s important to trust your neck reset project with someone who is experienced and qualified to perform the work.  While there are technical standards for resetting an acoustic guitar neck, there is also an art to it, and necessary experience to nail down the ‘feel’ of the instrument to get it playing its best again.  JHG has performed countless neck resets leaving customers with a fantastic result in performance and quality of work.

Custom Nut and Saddle Fabrication

JHG is there when it’s time to replace or upgrade string nuts or saddles.  While we always recommend bone for tone, we can fashion saddles out of just about any material you need.  We get the deflection perfect to your guitar and elevate its aesthetics and performance!


It’s well known, but always worth repeating: A proper professional setup on a stringed instrument can take it from unplayable and uninspiring to thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring!  Like other services, there’s a technical part AND an experience part of doing a professional setup that makes the difference.  JHG performs several setups daily and has done so for years.  We have the experience to make sure your instrument is playing its absolute best when it leaves our shop.

Warranty Repair

Did you know that JHG is Certified for Martin, Taylor, Guild, Cordoba, Fender and more for Warranty Repair?  These brands recognize our expertise and count on us to be there eyes in the real world to make sure that all of their instruments are playing as promised to their customers!  If you have an instrument that might qualify for warranty repair, call us!  We’re here to help!

Fret Services

Fret dressing, refretting, milling, shaping, you name it, we’ve done it.  Our fret services are some of the best in the business and you can count on us when you bring your guitar in for buzz, notes getting choked or intonation issues to get the job done right.

Band Instrument Rental

Our Newest Service!  We have partnered with a National Band Rental Provider and now offer school band rental instruments to students and program coordinators in qualifying districts.  Our application process is painless and we offer the absolute lowest rates for band rental instruments in the area!  We offer the best brands you know well backed by a solid warranty, service and replacement program.  Call us or stop by to sign up today!

Amp Repair

JHG started offering amp repair services in 2016 backed by 10 years of experience and Fender Certified Warranty Service.

David Nevin heads up the amp repair division of JHG!  David has worked on all major brands, boutique brands and custom designs.  He’s designed circuits, made his own pickups and is now Fender Certified for Amp Repair.  Tube or solid state, David has successfully diagnosed and repaired/modified amp and preamp circuits for over a decade.  Pedals, interfaces, PA’s, keyboards, Vintage synths, you name it!  Count on JHG to get your repair done right and fast!

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4901 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA  92008