Premier guitar, Amp repair, Guitar Finishing center in North County San Diego

About James Hood Guitar Repair

James Hood is an experienced player and studio musician from North County San Diego. He started repairing guitars in 1989 and later had the opportunity to apprentice under luthier Bill Meyer (Jackstraw Guitars) while working for Buffalo Bros. Guitars in Carlsbad, CA.

It was at Buffalo Bros. where he honed his skills as a guitar tech and luthier. James is certified by Martin Guitars, Taylor Guitars and Guild Guitars. He started working for Buffalo Bros. in early 2005, and by 2010 had opened his own independent guitar repair shop in the back of their building. When Buffalo Bros. closed its doors in April of 2013 James moved his guitar shop to the back of the building, and in April 2020 moved to the current larger location in east Oceanside then over to the Escondido Auto Park Way Location where they are at currently.

James Hood and his crew have a love for guitar repair and for teaching others how to repair and finish guitars and has passed on a lot of his knowledge to the guitar repair techs and managers in the shop.

Holland Morgan a sweet southern girl from Virginia, knows how build archtops and setup your guitar to perfection for your next gig with a smile.

John Heaney, a verry tallanted musician and guitar repair tech, handles all of our guitar amplifier repair in house as well as handling a variety of guitar repairs.

Tucker Bancroft, a verry tallanted guitar builder, oversees Repair tech opperations in the shop as well as performing many different typs of guitar repairs with his dog penny.

Bob Ryan, Front end sales, he will make you laugh with his bobisims and show you a guitar lick or two that you can put in your tool chest while he is writing up your guitar repair ticket.

Jake Smith, Likes to be behind the scenes and takes care of all the online guitar consignment listings. He's the one who's getting top dollar for your vintage and used guitar on line. but we do get a laugh from the socks he wears.

Allan Randolph, the master behind all the videos we are publishing on our You Tube, Instagram and Facebook.

Robert Bancroft, Master of all things wood machine related and infastructure, backend opps, also has a magic tooth you have to ask him about.

We also have the new addition of a guitar manufacturing and CNC shop right next door that Tucker Bancroft and Robert Bancroft are running and growing.

James Hood is guiding and overseeing the vision and direction of the entire opperation at James Hood Guitar as well as spending time doing guitar finishing in his Paint shop.

The growth and expansion of James Hood Guitar is a dream in progress. Finishing guitars is also a passion of his and he enjoys painting guitars for the repair business as well as guitar Builders and luthiers in southern California

Our Experienced Guitar Technicians

Our Mission

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.