The question in work of this nature is the condition of the guitar now and the condition you want it in and what needs to be done to accommodate that.
I've repaired all kinds of stuff for folks where the money didn't make sense in light of market value. Some decisions are more about enjoyment of the piece than selling price. That is a balance you have to decide for yourself. If this is the guitar for you, then do what you need to and enjoy it without looking back. In the grand scheme of things, it may be a very worthwhile investment in fun and musical growth. Personally, I let the guitar pick me and then I try to milk everything I can out of it in terms of function - a great guitar is like a comfy old leather jacket or boots etc, an old friend.
To the right are links to services offered, some specific projects completed and articles describing some common repair scenarios. Please note that information provided is not intended to be used as a tutorial, but to help prospective clients better understand services and processes that may be requested or required for the instrument to meet goals and expectations. Please contact me for further information.
Hours of Operation
The normal operating hours of Philtone Guitar Co. are Monday thru Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM by appointment only, no evenings or Sundays, closed on all major holidays and the Opening Day of Oriole baseball.
Preparing for Your Appointment
A phone number is required for confirmation of an appointment so that I may reach you if necessary in case of short notice changes or if I am in the midst of your repair and have a pertinent question. Client contact information is kept confidential and never given out.
If you are running late or need to reschedule, please let me know as soon as possible.
I like to see clients play to get an idea of their general attack and technique and do demonstrate any problems and concerns. This tells me much about the client, more than words convey. I swear all you guys lie to your repair folks! ;-)
Please bring a fresh set of uninstalled strings of your preferred brand and gauge; two sets if fretwork is being considered, more sets if in-depth intonation work is required. The shop carries a very limited selection of strings. Please note that some strings have consistency issues and as such I advise clients to carefully consider their use as it impacts the repair and playability of the instrument; prominent examples include DR and Pyramid strings. When in doubt, change them out!”
General Shop Rate - $105/hour