About Us

“I believe in going above and beyond so your guitar repair is done right”


To be the premiere guitar and amp repair center in North County and beyond by way of exceeding each client’s expectations from initial consultation to well after the repair, service, purchase or modification through service, knowledge transfer, and recommendation.


JHG is an all encompassing resource for music makers of every walk.  Near and far, artists can count on JHG to provide extremely proficient repair, service or modification to their instruments.  They can stay at ease while we carefully, elegantly, quickly achieve their goals for their tools of their craft.  We are the answer when it comes to guitar and amp repair and service.

Our Services

When it has to be right.

Guitar Services

Setups, pickup swaps, crack repair, neck resets... Call on us, we can do it right.

Amp Service

Amp diagnostics, voicing services, endless mod opportunities... whether it's a pedal, vintage tube amp or professional amplification solution, we got'cha covered.


We have spent thousands of hours bringing life back to our client's most cherished possessions. Call us to talk about your particular situation, we're here to help.

Band Rental

The student's number one source for high quality, brand name school band instruments, a painless process for mom and dad...


We are the perfect middle between you and the buyer. We have sold several high end and boutique instruments over the years. We can sell yours too. We offer competitive pricing and dedicated staff to your asset's successful sale.


Our list of brands grows daily as we continue to search for the most value for our customers. Shop confident with JHG and enjoy our industry challenging return and warranty programs, as well as an unstoppable privacy policy for you, our customers.

About James

James Hood

Founder, Owner

James Hood is an experienced player and studio musician, he started repairing guitars in 1989 in North San Diego County. He later had the opportunity to apprentice under the Luthier Bill Meyer of Jackstraw Guitars. He apprenticed under Bill Meyer while working for Buffalo Brothers guitars in Carlsbad, CA. It was at Buffalo Bro’s Guitars where he honed in on his skills as a guitar tech and luthier. James is certified by Martin Guitars, Taylor guitars and guild guitars. He started working for Buffalo Bro’s in early 2005 and by 2010 had opened his own independent guitar repair shop in the back of Buffalo Bro’s. When Buffalo Bro’s Guitar Shop went out of business in April of 2013 James moved his guitar shop next door, behind Bobby’s Cafe. Our shop can handle all of your guitar repair needs, including guitar setup, re-fretting, fret-dressing, nut & and saddle fabrication, in a reasonable amount of time with a positive attitude and at reasonable prices. Your instrument will be repaired only by qualified, luthiers and guitar repair technicians who have been trained by James Hood who are also experienced musicians and session players, so you know that your guitar is receiving the love and attention it needs when you bring it in.


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4901 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA  92008

Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm