Luthier in Ventura

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by RASHOSS, Mar 15, 2014.



    Jan 21, 2011
    Oak View, CA
    Hello All,

    Can anybody point me to a good luthier in the Ventura, CA area? I have a 2010 Fender American Jazz Deluxe, that appears to have a neck pickup that is bad. I don't have the technical know how to figure out what the problem is.

    Thank you.

    Edit: I went to the GC in Oxnard, and had a few guys take a look at it. I've got a strange situation on my hands...
  2. Instrumental Music

    I had one of my basses in for some fret work and a setup and the guy did great work. I've never had a bass play better. I can't locate his name right now. There are a couple other places there in Ventura, but I haven't used them; Guitar Planet, etc.

    3171 E. Main St.
    Ventura, CA
    (805) 654-9388
  3. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    I'm actually just up the road from you, in the little farming town of Fillmore. I moved my whole operation here a few months ago, and I haven't changed my Profile yet. I was in Burbank for 21 years.

    I don't do general repairs like that any more, but I can connect you up with other Luthiers around this area.

    I can recommend Keith Horne, who is down in Burbank. I work with him on a weekly basis, on all kinds of custom instruments. He does modifications and repairs, and comes to me for special machining and neck structures. He's very good at all the detail work and troubleshooting, and he operates a small low-overhead home shop, which keeps his rates reasonable.

    Keith can be reached at:


    Jan 21, 2011
    Oak View, CA
    I appreciate the feedback. I'm currently doing some troubleshooting and should know more after tomorrow night's rehearsal. Thank you!
  5. henry2513

    henry2513 Supporting Member

    May 9, 2011
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Mo from Nordstrand does top notch AAA+ work. He's in studio city:

    Repair Service
    Studio City, California 91604
    (714) 308-1897
  6. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    This thread is a little old, but I know a few guys here in Camarillo that do good work. Tim Gibson has done a lot of work on my Dad's guitars, and does excellent work. Jon Carruthers has a shop here too, and he's done work for just about every pro you can think of.
  7. If you can make it as far as Van Nuys, I thoroughly recommend Eric's guitar shop. Great skills, nice people.