ANNOUNCING MY RETIREMENT
After an amazing 15 years running this little guitar shop I have decided that the time has come to retire. I am finishing up my last repairs now and will spend the next few months finishing up building a few commissioned custom guitars. When I close my doors for good I will have built 50+ guitars, and applied finish to another 50+ for other makers all over north America in addition to all the restorations, repairs and modifications….. I have exhibited my custom instruments at some of the most prestigious guitar shows along side of the greatest builders in the world and have had shops and studios from coasts to coast recommend me or send me work because I was the shop who could do it and do it right. It has been my privilege and pleasure to do this.
I WANT TO THANK ALL MY CUSTOMERS FOR MAKING THIS NOT ONLY POSSIBLE BUT SO MUCH FUN!
AT THIS TIME I AM NOT ACCEPTING ANY REPAIR WORK. THEE SHOP IS CLOSED.
I am an authorized dealer and stock instruments, parts & products from many major brands including;
Aria& Aria Pro II, Danelectro, Eastman, Ovation, Ernie Ball, Jim Dunlop, Dimarzio, Seymour Duncan, D’Addario, Gotoh, Schaller, Grover, Buzz Feiten, Ken Smith, LR Baggs, Peavey, Savarez, Tone Pros, Bigsby, GHS, Hipshot, TKL, Grover, JJ tubes and many many others.
I also carry used and vintage gear so of course trade-in’s are always welcome here. Special orders? No problem! And with my expertise & experience you are assured of getting the parts you actually wanted that will actually fit your guitar. Then if you want I can install everything I sell right in house, and being an authorized Dealer means all products come with their full warranty.
I offer a complete range of guitar repair, modification & restoration all done in house. Everything from set up and routine maintenance to museum quality restorations or one of a kind instruments. I stock many common parts to keep turn around time on your instrument as fast as possible and I am a dealer for many manufacturers so I can special order the correct parts for your project at competitive prices.
AMPLIFIER SERVICE & REPAIRS
I am not accepting any amps or electronics for repair at this time
Not responsible for items left after 90 days past notice of completion
ALL SALES FINAL
My name is Brian Howard. I have been a guitar player since I was a small child. My career as a Luthier began January 1st, 1984. That was the day I installed one of the very first Floyd Rose tremolo bridges ever produced into my main guitar. This not only included routing out the body simply to accept any tremolo but also recessing the bridge into the top of the guitar. A feature that wouldn’t appear on production guitars for several years. And yes,I still have that guitar!
For many years the guitar business was a second line of work and I paid my bills building custom furniture and making custom millwork & cabinetry. As I honed my fine woodworking skills a desire to make high quality guitars began to stir. Combined with the fact that I could never find an acoustic guitar that felt & sounded right for me I decided to design and build my own from scratch starting with a blank piece of paper.
That first acoustic guitar was finished in early 2010. By 2013 I was already an up and coming maker and was invited to display my work at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase along side such greats as Symogi and Petros.
Also in 2013 I started making electric guitars as well and now routinely build the things no other shop, even the mighty “Custom Shops” will not… like an 8 string strat-type or a faithful Junior Brown style Guit-Steel. I can even custom wind pickups for you right here.
When I make a guitar for you, you are part of the process from the wood selection on out. Every part of your guitar will be just for you. I guarantee it.
“Brian Howard is an amazingly skilled super craftsman. I sent in my favorite Gibson Custom Shop Axcess guitar because of neck instability. Brian installed carbon fiber rods, new ebony fret board, stainless steel frets and even kept the nibs. I’m floored!!!!! 5 Stars. I love the guitar even more now. Couldn’t be happier with his work. Lifetime new customer here!”
“Brian re-set the neck on a used Martin guitar for me. Just picked it up. He did a great job and the guitar sounds really nice. I would highly recommend. They also carry a nice selection of new and used guitars. Check them out for XMAS !”
SOME OF MY CUSTOM INSTRUMENTS