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Guitar/bass tech in Austin, TX

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by mgmadian, Feb 26, 2008.


  1. mgmadian

    mgmadian

    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Any recommendations or referrals? Looking for someone for repairs, setup, modifications, etc.

    Ideally someone who's good in both electronics and woodwork (IME some are relatively better in one or the other).

    Thx!
     
  2. Shovelbone

    Shovelbone Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    Yonderville Georgia
    I see that you are in Austin. Have you tried Bass Emporium?
     
  3. mgmadian

    mgmadian

    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Yes, I should have mentioned in the original post. Bass Emporium is a very good retailer, but they don't really get into repairs and modifications.

    Looking for folks' experiences with stuff like routing for new pickups, fretjobs, electronics wiring, etc.
     
  4. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I agree about BE and repairs, and John the owner is a friend of mine!
    Oh well, there's a place on S.Lamar around the corner from Ray Henning's that I've heard good things about, although I've also heard they're kinda slow. Anyway, can't remember the name but as I said, it's in the shopping center that Ray's is in.
     
  5. ggunn

    ggunn

    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    That would be Austin Vintage Guitars. They do good work on setups, although I've never had them do any extensive mods. Another place to check out would be South Austin Music, which is just a couple of blocks farther south on the same side of Lamar, next to the Saxon Pub.
     
  6. Easy8

    Easy8

    Sep 5, 2007
    Austin, Tx
    Music Maker's just north of H.O.T. on Lamar does good work.

    Sorry, I can't remember the set-up guy's name, but he worked at Ray Hennig's for many years.
     
  7. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Hey, who do all you fellow Austinites play with? I'm with The Eggmen.
     
  8. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    i'm between bands. but you can see me every sunday night at Westlake Baptist Church, if you wanna :)
     
  9. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    Don't forget Guitar Resurrection. Mr Erlewine does fine work.
     
  10. lowbass68

    lowbass68

    Feb 3, 2008
    +1 on that. I lived in Austin back when Guitar Rez was in that ol' hole in the wall place on the drag.
     
  11. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Cool! I play Sunday morning and night at First Baptist-Kyle,TX(unless The Eggmen are playing out of town).
     
  12. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I used to go there ALL the time but since they moved I haven't been to their new place. Chuck still there?
     
  13. Easy8

    Easy8

    Sep 5, 2007
    Austin, Tx
    I'm just getting back into it after a long layoff.

    Currently playing with the John Michael Rose Band.

    http://www.myspace.com/johnmichaelrose

    Peace and Love,

    Jackie
     
  14. 64jazzbass

    64jazzbass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2002
    Chicago, Il
    If Ed Reynolds is still in the Austin area I would find a way to get in touch with him. For years, he was probably the most sought out guy for repairs in Chicago. I would trust him with any bass and any repair or customization work.
     
  15. telebravo

    telebravo

    Jan 28, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Adding my +1 (2 cents ) on Mr Erlewine. Guitar player has recently had 1978 Les Paul refretted by him; and, it's amazing.
     
  16. mgmadian

    mgmadian

    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Ed's been recommended to me by a highly-regarded player in the area, and also by my former tech from when I lived in the Bay Area (Steve Crisp), who in turn was a highly-regarded tech in Austin before he moved out to Santa Cruz, CA to work with Rick Turner.

    From what I understand, Ed's pretty busy and somewhat $$... curious to see if anyone's worked with him directly.
     
  17. ggunn

    ggunn

    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Cool. I've seen you guys a few times. Y'all had the ex Bubble Puppy drummer with you for a while, didn't you? You guys have an excellent stage show with the costumes, vintage instruments, and whatnot.

    I play with an original band you've probably never heard of - Crystal Flavola. I used to play guitar and trombone with Jumpstart. I also play with a couple of sometimes bands - Runamok! and the Possebilities.
     
  18. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
  19. ggunn

    ggunn

    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Wow, is Chip still around? He did some guitar mod work for me back in...when was it... 1972 or so. He was working out of Beaumont back then, I believe.
     
  20. waynobass

    waynobass

    Feb 27, 2008
    Texas
    If you're in north Austin you might try Jason's Guitar and Sound in Round Rock. He works out of his garage but has a good little shop in there, and is faster and less expensive than a "real" store like Bass Emp. or Guitar Rez.

    http://www.jasonsguitars.com/
     

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