ReRanch is owned and operated by Mr. Bill Lester, a native of the Volunteer State. We first met Bill in Dallas during the Longbow's first trip to Texas Stadium in 1999, and based on the conversation we had, we assess him as being a "luthier". Bill's site is focused on getting you going on refinishing that nasty old guitar. GuitarAttack found this site when we were completing the Jeff Beck Les Paul. Click here to see his awesome Finishing Forum.
Straight out of Sparta, Tennessee comes this great shop. For banjo and acoustic guitar work, this shop is my first choice. Jim Grainger, luthier/repairman and owner of CFI, got the GuitarAttack Crew started on the road of guitar repair and building.
From Viersen, Germany comes this great site by a great friend of GuitarAttack. Tommy Metz is a great builder, a great player, and and makes some great high-end instruments in his very cool shop. Tommy's Shop was the weekend hangout during the GuitarAttack-Germany days. He has several cool endorsees, including studio monster Carl Verheyen. If you're ever around Düsseldorf in Northwestern Germany, take the ride to Viersen and see what a cool guitar shop is supposed to look like. für unsere Freunde, die Deutsches sprechen, klicken Sie hier, um Web site Tommys auf Deutsch zu sehen.
Andrews Amp Lab in Atlanta, Georgia is a pretty awesome place, and the proprietor, Jeff Andrews, is a great amp tech. He resurrected three of GuitarAttack's tube amp treasures, and, based on his work, we can recommend him. There are lots of hacks out there, and one -- a well-known "tech expert" near Austin, Texas -- just about ruined our prized Traynor YGM-3. Jeff brought it back from the dead, and it sounds better than ever.
AWWWRIGHT TO-KY-O....straight out of Japan comes this site that has something you don't see lately -- photo comparisons between our beloved reissues and the real things. In particular reissue Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Strats compared to their 1950's namesakes. Pretty interesting, and something you won't find on those corporate websites. What does it all mean? We're not sure, but it is worth checking out. Click cancel when it asks you if you want to download Japanese Text Support...you won't need it to see the true gems on this site (links are about halfway down on the right side of the page).
Based on pretty extensive analysis, this is the "mother of all guitar stores." During Christmas break in 1997 I took a trip to the second floor and played John Sebastian's '59 Les Paul Standard. During my Christmas break in 2001 I got to play John Fogerty's '61 Les Paul/SG Standard. Awesome store...great inventory...great location. Probably the only guitar shop in Nashville where the salespeople understand their product and can answer questions to my satisfaction. This is the place you want to go just to look around and, ultimately, feel completely unworthy. Take a trip to Nashville and remember -- they are moving out of downtown to 8th Avenue!
Mr. Frank Ford is a master repairer. I would definitely assess him as being a luthier. He is "El Jeffe" at Gryphon Guitars in San Francisco, and has an awesome array of guitar repair information on this site. This is a "must-see", particularly for acoustic guitar players and repairers.
A comprehensive photo-analysis of the steps required to build a Martin guitar kit. Great photos with great commentary, what a WWW site should be -- informative and unemotional. Hat's off...this is a must see.
Since imitation is supposedly the sincerest form of flattery, Mr. C.F. Martin IV must be gushing. Any acoustic picker will tell you they either (A) own a Martin, or (B) want to own a Martin. There is link to the Guitar Maker's Connection, the place to buy a guitar kit. A thought -- buy a kit from this site and build it according to the guidance in the site above!
An incredibly diverse set of information on vintage and old guitars. I can't verify everything on this site, but it will keep you busy for a while if you decide to sift through it.
Check out Gibson, period. I never really knew they made so many different guitars. Sure the CNC routers are running overtime cranking out the Historic Reissues, but there is really no guitar quite as visually pleasing as a sunburst Les Paul. I plan to ask Mr. J for a job in a few years... Oh yes...there is one more thing. The Custom Shop now has its own web site. Check it out at www.gibsoncustom.com -- some neat stuff.
This is a great tribute site to Ace Frehley's guitars. Some incredibly rare photos can be found here, and if you were ever in the KISS Army, you have to check this out.
Order a catalog and start studying. A great selection of tools, finishing products, and hardware. Likely the only suitable "one stop" supplier of quality guitar parts. You may find parts here and there that are less expensive, but you will not find a supplier that stocks this much stuff.
We ordered several black and white checkerboard pattern DSG straps from this small company, and we really like them. Check them out for your guitar strap needs.
These guys make some incredible parts for guitars, and their pickguards blew us away at Summer NAMM 2008. Check this place out if you want to dress-up that tired old Saga Strat, or you want to build the ultimate custom Cool stuff!
This site belongs to my friend Randy Gouge. He is an incredible guitarist and instructor based in Knoxville, Tennessee. We worked together at a music store in college, and I played in a band with him. Yes, every time we played he really smoked me with that old Les Paul Custom and his early Boogie amp. He is incredibly versatile and learned, and a great guy as well. Viva Randy, and if you are ever around Knoxville, look this guitar monster up.
Check out the array of guitar kits available from Saga. You can't buy the kits direct from Saga, but it is a good resource to see what is available.
- Ever wonder about the history of your old Microfrets guitar? Click here for some great information, to include a serial number registry.
- Microfrets autopsy? Click here for the ToneShed and an interesting photo essay from the doctor who performed it!