The First Experience
Thoughts on my first time with my new guitar shop
As a requirement for work on two of my 15 Guitar Babies, I decided to finally create a relationship with a passionate, skilled, experienced, and personable professional.
I needed someone to complete a custom P90 pickup wiring job that I had screwed up in a most profound fashion 😊
Age brings experience and wisdom, but it also brings physical limitations
All though I had the knowledge, skill, and experience to complete the design I had in mind the intricate, small area work required was not possible to complete, professionally, with my current state of vision.
My eyesight was not up to the task, and I tried some awful wiring solutions that I could not, ultimately, be satisfied with over time.
So, I went on a quest to finally find and create a relationship with a better guitar tech than me
I did my research, using my concepts in the “Choosing a Guitar Tech Shop” section on this site, and decided to take a chance on a one-person business in a small house in West Chester, PA.
The owner met all my requirements listed in the blog and more.
He listened to my crazy design idea with great interest and seemed excited about the challenge that was presented to him.
I brought him two of my children:
My 2020 Taylor 814ce Limited Cocobolo acoustic-electric had never really inspired me the way that a $4500 top-of-the-line guitar should. I use my acoustics mainly for composition ideas and refinement.
I needed him to fix the action as I believed the Nut and the Bridge needed acoustic-type work to lower the action that I did not have the tools or parts to complete
My D’Angelico DC Premiere double cut, as Gibson es-335 clone, that I purchased after four others failed to impress me, this one is magic for the price. It saved me from the exorbitant cost of a Gibson es-335.
This was the “Test Guitar Work”: Rewire the P-90 pickups that I botched when replacing the lame stock ones.
My requested work was moved to the top of his queue, I believe because of his excitement for the rewiring challenge with a semi-hollow “F” hole instrument and my crazy electronic design specs.
He completed the Taylor first to perfection. It plays as well as any of my electrics: Well Done!
The D’Angelico took a little longer as it had four switches on the volume and tone controls that combined the two P-90s into a single P-90 Humbucker. The Tone switches select two different tone capacitors for a different amount of high-frequency bleed
He recommended some changes to my design that I really loved.
The final solution, which had me pay a very reasonable price, exceeded my expectations.
It ended my desire to “Eat the Bullet” and buy a Gibson es-335 for between $3,000 & $4,000 on Reverb.com.