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JOE BROCK - THE GUITAR MEDIC ®- LOCATED IN CENTRAL INDIANA
 
I apprenticed with a master luthier, then began independently doing repairs of fretted instruments in my own in-home shop in 2006. I operate a licensed business known as The Guitar Medic® in the town of Brownsburg--just west of Indianapolis, in the State of Indiana. I specialize in repair and restoration of any and all stringed instruments. In my in-home repair shop, I can to do most any repair. I have performed maintenance, upgrades, complete restorations, and repairs to many instruments, including intonation adjustment, setup, acoustic conversion to acoustic-electric, hardware replacement, crack, split, or structural damage repair, and complete restorations. I have developed several unique repair techniques of my own, that are highly successful and result in the ability to make some types of repairs that other shops might either turn away, or charge a large fee to do.
 
I take pride in doing high quality work, and with fast turn times (normally days--not weeks). I can turn an instrument sometimes same day--especially for professionals or semi-professionals or others who 'need' their instruments back quickly for an upcoming gig or performance. I guarantee my work, but you probably will not need to bring it back, because I'm very precise and conscientious when doing any setup or repair. I take appropriate time to do it right.
 
Some of the repairs and restorations can be seen by clicking on the links to the left of this page. Don't throw away a loved instrument that is damaged. Even if heavily damaged, don't be discouraged until you talk to me.

I WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK, RELATIVE TO YOUR REPAIRED INSTRUMENT. Although I've been doing this work for some years, I've never had a provision for feedback--choosing to use word-of-mouth as a promotional aspect. Please feel free to click on the "CONTACT ME" link at the left of your screen. I respond to all contacts.
 
I am an authorized seller and installer of L.R. Baggs®  sound systems.
 
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Content from any area on this site is free to download except if otherwise specified, and as long as acknowledging this site as the source. HOWEVER, no information can be redistributed or sold, or placed on a site that charges a fee for accessing it.
 

CLICK AT LEFT TO SEE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF MY WORK.

I don't photograph every guitar that I repair. I have photographed a few here, just to show some typical repairs and restorations that I have done in my shop. If I am photographing a repair for this site, I post as I am progressing, so you may actually see some where the repair is only partially complete--because I'm still working on it.

 

Also, far below is an example of a heavily damaged guitar that had sentimental value to the owner, but he had given up on it ever being useful.



Yamaha FG150 Nippon Gakki Red Label 6-String Guitar
There are no "before" photos of this guitar. But you've seen it before. Action so bad that with the saddle all the way down it is still 1/2". You can look down the neck and see the V-shape of the neck to body joint. I undertook re-setting this neck starting 10/25/2014. It took about a 8 hours total labor, but since much of the time is waiting for glue to dry, etc, actual elapsed start to finish was about 6 days. What a wonderful outcome! This is my own guitar--given to me by a customer and friend. Thanks Phil!
                                                                                                                                                                                  
1971 Harmony Stella Model H934 6-String Guitar - Heavy Structural Damage -- REPAIR/REBUILD

This Hamony Stella guitar was given to me by a friend, Howard. He found it in a closet of his son's room (his son is grown and moved away). No one remembers what happened to this guitar, but it is damaged severely. Most people might throw this away, but I am using it as an example of an extreme repair that is feasible to complete. I hoped to restore this guitar to near original condition. It was a major project that I anticipated beginning in mid-January 2009 after concluding work restoring my personal violin. It took 4 months to finish the Stella. Click here to see original manufacturer's data for this model.
BEFORE PHOTO:
BELOW: AS YOU CAN SEE, THE DAMAGE WAS SEVERE. A LARGE PART OF THE LOWER BOUT OUTER EDGE WAS MISSING, AND PIECES AT THE EDGES WERE MISSING FROM THE TOP SOUNDBOARD AND THE BACK. IT WAS ALSO CRACKED AND SPLIT IN MULTIPLE AREAS, BUT MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO THE LOWER RIGHT BOUT.
AFTER PHOTO:
PLEASE BE PATIENT.... IT IS A BIG POWERPOINT FILE AND WILL TAKE SEVERAL MINUTES TO DOWNLOAD.


OTHER REPAIRS I HAVE DONE:

CLICK ON THE LINKS IN THE LEFT-HAND BORDER TO SEE ADDITIONAL WORK.  I DO NOT PHOTOGRAPH ALL WORK I DO--IT IS TOO TIME CONSUMING TO DO SO, BUT HOPEFULLY THE WORK SHOWN WILL PRESENT EXAMPLES SUFFICIENT TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND MY CAPABILITY. Note: Many of the photos were deleted by Microsoft. I am in the process of re-loading them. Check back if photos are missing from the page.

MY REPAIR PHILOSOPHY AND WORK ETHIC
There is a lot that goes into the consideration of a repair. In the case of a guitar that has been dropped and broken these can usually be repaired to be made playable, and sometimes even returned to a condition where the repair is not even noticable (that is always the goal, but not always possible). A sampling of instruments shown in the links at left were made playable. I seek to serve musicians at all skill levels, who need quality work done at a reasonable price--even on "cheap" instruments.
As a musician myself, I have a special appreciation for the special affinity any musician might have for a favorite instrument. I have personally experienced the wonderful feeling that comes after having experienced a devastating feeling of loss when a favorite instrument is damaged--seemingly beyond repair--then finding that it can actually be made playable again. There is pride, gratification, and a sense of accomplishment in doing this kind of work. That feeling is simply hard to describe, but it is gratifying.

If you have an instrument with a crack or cracks in the wood, needing restoration, hard to play, hard to keep in tune, etc. please feel free to contact me for a free estimate. Most guitars can be restored to playability for much less than you might think. NOTE: Accurate estimates may require actually examining the instrument (estimates via email are sometimes difficult).  My specialty is acoustic instruments, but I will take any work into my shop. Feel free to contact me via the "Contact Me" page.