Looking for a luthier in the Bay Area

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Josef Grosch, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Not sure if this is the right forum but...
    I`m looking at buying a mid 60's Gibson EB-3. It could use a little work, mostly electronics and a good setup. Can anyone recommend a good luthier in the San Francisco Bay Area ? I'm in Berkeley but don't mind traveling if the guy is really good.
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
  3. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    Gary Brawer or SF Guitarworks
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  4. funkytoe

    funkytoe In Memoriam

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    +1 for Gary Brawer. His shop is Real Guitars on Lafayette in San Francisco, near Civic Center BART. Gary is the best around imo.
  5. Rycebag


    Feb 22, 2008
    anyone know how much gary charges for a setup? I've been going to sf guitar works, but its pretty pricey. They do amazing work though.
  6. funkytoe

    funkytoe In Memoriam

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    I've been doing my own set ups for years. Last I recall, Gary's price was around $75 for standard set up with restring. However, that was many years ago. Where Gary really shines is the more complicated stuff - Pleks, correcting dead spots, pickups rewound, fret work, etc. If you don't have those issues, then I think any decent tech should be able to deliver the set up you need at a reasonable price. What is SF guitarworks charging now?

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