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. The staff at CFI got the GuitarAttack Crew started on the road of guitar repair and building.
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.
The Carters are well-known in the vintage guitar business, and they have opened a very cool store in The Gulch near downtown Nashville. I recommend checking them out if you get to Nashville.
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. Take a trip to Nashville and remember -- they moved out of downtown to 8th Avenue in the Melrose Neighborhood. Plenty of parking!
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. We still refer to this site regularly.
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.
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.
A cool shop in Chicago with some awesome photos of old guitars on line. Check them out if you get to the Windy City.
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 S-Style, or you want to build the ultimate custom Cool stuff!
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!