D Guitars and Lutherie

D Guitars and Lutherie Serving Southern Florida's Musician's Community & worldwide via global shipping since 1988. All manner of stringed instrument repairs, restorations and custom crafted instruments.

Serving the South Florida Musician's Community since 1988.

Operating as usual

08/24/2021

We will be closed from this Thursday, August 26th until Wednesday September 1st. We will reopen on Thursday September 2nd. Have a great week.

08/09/2021
John Allen came by to pickup his Epiphone Les Paul Custom and was very pleased with my mods and upgrades, which include ...
08/03/2021

John Allen came by to pickup his Epiphone Les Paul Custom and was very pleased with my mods and upgrades, which include routing and installing a Sustainiac unit, a Floyd Rose FRX trem system, and a full setup with 9-42 strings. For more info about lutherie services at D Guitars and Lutherie , please call 305-896-1811. Thanks for looking and rock on.

John Allen came by to pickup his Epiphone Les Paul Custom and was very pleased with my mods and upgrades, which include ...
08/03/2021

John Allen came by to pickup his Epiphone Les Paul Custom and was very pleased with my mods and upgrades, which include routing and installing a Sustainiac unit, a Floyd Rose FRX trem system, and a full setup with 9-42 strings. For more info about lutherie services at D Guitars and Lutherie , please call 305-896-1811. Thanks for looking and rock on.

John Allen came by to pickup his Epiphone Les Paul Custom and was very pleased with my mods and upgrades, which include routing and installing a Sustainiac unit, a Floyd Rose FRX trem system, and a full setup with 9-42 strings. For more info about lutherie services at D Guitars and Lutherie , please call 305-896-1811. Thanks for looking and rock on.

08/02/2021

Testing out a 60's reissue Fender Mustang after restoration including swapping a previously installed bridge humbucker with an Ibanez Inf3 humbucker with the correct polepiece spacing. I also cleaned up the electronics, replaced the bad output jack, replaced the missing trem bar and improved the trem by tapping and threading the socket with a 6mm-1.00 thread to accomodate a threaded trem bar and did a full setup with 9-42 strings including adjusting the truss rod, Bridge action, and intonation. The client was quite pleased. For more information about lutherie services available at D Guitars and Lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thanks for watching and have a rocking day.

Welcome to the family. On the left we have a Jay turser J-Tone model guitar, nicknamed Ritchie, short for Ricky "Ricardo...
04/24/2021

Welcome to the family. On the left we have a Jay turser J-Tone model guitar, nicknamed Ritchie, short for Ricky "Ricardo" Valenzuela, which is modeled after the 50s Harmony Meteor and Stratotone. And on the right is a Dean Palomino, nicknamed Paloma, which is clearly modeled after the Gibson LS Switchmaster. On a side note, I just want to thank my wonderful Deborah Linn Hope for supporting me in all of my quirky guitar collecting habits. As Ralph Kramden used to say, "baby you're the greatest."

Welcome to the family. On the left we have a Jay turser J-Tone model guitar, nicknamed Ritchie, short for Ricky "Ricardo" Valenzuela, which is modeled after the 50s Harmony Meteor and Stratotone. And on the right is a Dean Palomino, nicknamed Paloma, which is clearly modeled after the Gibson LS Switchmaster. On a side note, I just want to thank my wonderful Deborah Linn Hope for supporting me in all of my quirky guitar collecting habits. As Ralph Kramden used to say, "baby you're the greatest."

My friend and client, John Allen, lead singer of the premiere Journey and Eagles tribute band, Faithfully, brought me hi...
04/21/2021

My friend and client, John Allen, lead singer of the premiere Journey and Eagles tribute band, Faithfully, brought me his newly acquired Epiphone Les Paul Custom to have me install a Sustainiac system and a Seymour Duncan JB pickup. I then did a full set up with 10 - 46 nickel wound strings. He was very pleased with my work. For more information about Lutherie services available from D Guitars and Lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thanks for looking and have a rocking day.

03/01/2021
Part 3 of 3: Ready for tonight's gig at Gatorz in Port Charlotte!! Here we have a "Kramer" Neon Knights. This guitar sta...
01/30/2021

Part 3 of 3: Ready for tonight's gig at Gatorz in Port Charlotte!! Here we have a "Kramer" Neon Knights. This guitar started out as a budget level "Assassin by BGuitars" with a really cool pink finish on the body. Super lightweight guitar, this was a fun project. I stripped all of the cheap hardware and electronics, grafted on a 22nd fret extension, leveled and dressed the frets, reshaped the headstock to the classic 80's Kramer Pacer beak shape, gave the headstock and body a VERY 80's 4-color, EVH-inspired striped paint job consisting of the pink base, then blue, neon green and neon yellow. I then clear coated the yellow and green in glow-in-the-dark clear, applied a red Kramer decal to the headstock, which I also applied glow-in-the-dark clear, and then several coats of high gloss 2-part poly clear coats, inlaid a cool little multi-colored flower guitar at the 12th fret, reshaped the neck heel for effortless upper fret reach, and carved a nice deep belly carve into the back of the body, new custom pickguard I loaded with a neon green 16k rail bridge humbucker, hot pink middle hot rails and neon green neck hot rails pickups, wired to a 5 way CRL blade switch, 500k WD volume, 250k WD tone, mini toggle neck-add switch. Bridge is a black Floyd Rose double locking tremolo. Setup with10-46 strings. Super low 1/16" action with zero fret buzz. Plays and sounds like a dream. Final weight after all mods is around 6 lbs. Although we love working on top of the line showpiece guitars from legendary makers in the industry such as Gibson, PRS, Etc, projects like this one, that challenge our skill set, in order to elevate it to a higher quality, are equally as gratifying. For more information on how D Guitars and Lutherie can mod and upgrade even the cheapest be**er into a dream machine, call 305-896-1811.

Part 2 of 3: Here we have a "Kramer" Neon Knights. This guitar started out as a budget level "Assassin by BGuitars" with...
01/30/2021

Part 2 of 3: Here we have a "Kramer" Neon Knights. This guitar started out as a budget level "Assassin by BGuitars" with a really cool pink finish on the body. Super lightweight guitar, this was a fun project. I stripped all of the cheap hardware and electronics, grafted on a 22nd fret extension, leveled and dressed the frets, reshaped the headstock to the classic 80's Kramer Pacer beak shape, gave the headstock and body a VERY 80's 4-color, EVH-inspired striped paint job consisting of the pink base, then blue, neon green and neon yellow. I then clear coated the yellow and green in glow-in-the-dark clear, applied a red Kramer decal to the headstock, which I also applied glow-in-the-dark clear, and then several coats of high gloss 2-part poly clear coats, inlaid a cool little multi-colored flower guitar at the 12th fret, reshaped the neck heel for effortless upper fret reach, and carved a nice deep belly carve into the back of the body, new custom pickguard I loaded with a neon green 16k rail bridge humbucker, hot pink middle hot rails and neon green neck hot rails pickups, wired to a 5 way CRL blade switch, 500k WD volume, 250k WD tone, mini toggle neck-add switch. Bridge is a black Floyd Rose double locking tremolo. Setup with10-46 strings. Super low 1/16" action with zero fret buzz. Plays and sounds like a dream. Final weight after all mods is around 6 lbs. Although we love working on top of the line showpiece guitars from legendary makers in the industry such as Gibson, PRS, Etc, projects like this one, that challenge our skill set, in order to elevate it to a higher quality, are equally as gratifying. For more information on how D Guitars and Lutherie can mod and upgrade even the cheapest be**er into a dream machine, call 305-896-1811.

Part 1 of 3: Here we have a "Kramer" Neon Knights. This guitar started out as a budget level "Assassin by BGuitars" with...
01/30/2021

Part 1 of 3: Here we have a "Kramer" Neon Knights. This guitar started out as a budget level "Assassin by BGuitars" with a really cool pink finish on the body. Super lightweight guitar, this was a fun project. I stripped all of the cheap hardware and electronics, grafted on a 22nd fret extension, leveled and dressed the frets, reshaped the headstock to the classic 80's Kramer Pacer beak shape, gave the headstock and body a VERY 80's 4-color, EVH-inspired striped paint job consisting of the pink base, then blue, neon green and neon yellow. I then clear coated the yellow and green in glow-in-the-dark clear, applied a red Kramer decal to the headstock, which I also applied glow-in-the-dark clear, and then several coats of high gloss 2-part poly clear coats, reshaped the neck heel for effortless upper fret reach, and carved a nice deep belly carve into the back of the body, new custom pickguard I loaded with a neon green 16k rail bridge humbucker, hot pink middle hot rails and neon green neck hot rails pickups, wired to a 5 way CRL blade switch, 500k WD volume, 250k WD tone, mini toggle neck-add switch. Bridge is a black Floyd Rose double locking tremolo. Setup with10-46 strings. Super low 1/16" action with zero fret buzz. Plays and sounds like a dream. Final weight after all mods is around 6 lbs. Although we love working on top of the line showpiece guitars from legendary makers in the industry such as Gibson, PRS, Etc, projects like this one, that challenge our skill set, in order to elevate it to a higher quality, are equally as gratifying. For more information on how D Guitars and Lutherie can mod and upgrade even the cheapest be**er into a dream machine, call 305-896-1811.

Part 4 of 4: My friend Kevin Thiessen recently brought me his the D'Agostino electric guitar to repair a break in the ne...
12/02/2020

Part 4 of 4: My friend Kevin Thiessen recently brought me his the D'Agostino electric guitar to repair a break in the neck. In the previous photo sets, you saw the entire process repairing, reinforcing and refinishing the break in the neck. In addition you also saw the replacement of all the electronics including the EMG pickups replaced with Gibson humbuckers. And now you see the finished product and a very happy client. For more information about lutherie service's at D Guitars and Lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thank you.

Part 3 of 4: My friend Kevin Thiessen recently brought me his the D'Agostino electric guitar to repair a break in the ne...
12/02/2020

Part 3 of 4: My friend Kevin Thiessen recently brought me his the D'Agostino electric guitar to repair a break in the neck. This break had been repaired previously and obviously did not hold. After repairing, reinforcing, reshaping, priming and painting the first coats of white on the repaired break as shown in the previous sets of photos, it was time to spray the stone finish for it to match the rest of the guitar. After all the finish work was complete, including clear coats, I then moved on to removing the EMG pickups that Kevin wasn't a fan of, as well as all of the electronics. I then replaced the electronics with a new set of 500k volume and 250k tone pots. I then wax potted a pair of Gibson humbuckers in order to prevent microphonic squealing, and installed them accordingly. In the next and final set of photos, you will see the completed instrument and a very happy client. Stay tuned. For more information about lutherie service's at D Guitars and Lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thank you.

Part 2 of 4: My friend Kevin Thiessen recently brought me his the D'Agostino electric guitar to repair a break in the ne...
12/02/2020

Part 2 of 4: My friend Kevin Thiessen recently brought me his the D'Agostino electric guitar to repair a break in the neck. This break had been repaired previously and obviously did not hold. After repairing the break as seen in the previous set of photos, it was time to reinforce the joint. The wood was extremely unstable and flexible and I knew it would not hold by regluing alone. So the next step was to rout two channels, and then glue in Oak splines to reinforce the joint . After that, I routed an additional recess to glue in a large Oak cap , in order to add additional mass to the back of the neck at that most delicate of areas . I then carved and shaped that additional mass into a volute . That way it is well reinforced and solid while still having a nice shape to it . Once all of the carving and sanding was complete, I sprayed white primer, followed by the first coat of white paint. In the next set of photos, you will see the final process of matching the stone finish to the rest of the guitar, as well as replacing all of the electronics, including the EMG pickups that Kevin is not a fan of, with new pots and a pair of Gibson humbuckers. Stay tuned. For more information about lutherie service's at D Guitars and Lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thank you.

Part 1 of 4: My friend Kevin Thiessen recently brought me his D'Agostino electric guitar to repair a break in the neck. ...
12/02/2020

Part 1 of 4: My friend Kevin Thiessen recently brought me his D'Agostino electric guitar to repair a break in the neck. This break had been repaired previously and obviously did not hold. So the first thing I had to do was scrape away the finish to expose the crack and then complete the break by clamping the neck into a form, and slowly increase clamping pressure as I inject hot water into the break fully open it. Once that was done, I cleaned out all the old glue, and prepared the two parts for regluing. Are then reglued and clamped the neck back together. In the next set of photos, you will see the reinforcement process of the repair. Stay tuned. For more information about lutherie service's at D Guitars and Lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thank you.

What a pleasure it was having International recording sensation, Arielle visit my little shop today! Thank you so much, ...
11/14/2020

What a pleasure it was having International recording sensation, Arielle visit my little shop today! Thank you so much, Arielle for trusting me to fix a ground noise problem in your prized pride and joy, that you lovingly named two-tone. And while she was here she checked out a couple of my Brian May Red Specials that I built, since I knew how much she would appreciate them, given that she's as much a fan of Brian May as I am. Welcome to the D Guitars and Lutherie family of clients. For more information about lutherie services available at D Guitars and Lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thanks a lot and rock on.

It was nice seeing my old east coast friend, and recent West Coast transplant, Glenn Allen again. He brought me his Craf...
11/04/2020

It was nice seeing my old east coast friend, and recent West Coast transplant, Glenn Allen again. He brought me his Crafter acoustic to fix an Electronics problem. While it was on the bench, I crafted a new bridge saddle for it, adjusted the truss rod, Bridge saddle action, radius and intonation, and tightened the tuning machines. He was very pleased with my work. For more information about lutherie services available at D guitars and lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thank you.

Part 2: My friend Jerry "Captn Jac" Lemmon brought me his NautiCaster guitar that he started building for me to complete...
11/04/2020

Part 2: My friend Jerry "Captn Jac" Lemmon brought me his NautiCaster guitar that he started building for me to complete. The first thing I had to do was cut a 1 inch block of Walnut to mount onto the back in order to reinforce it so that it would be stable and solid under strings tension thank you, and then stain it to match the ship's wheel body color. I also created a new bridge and tailpiece mount block. I then installed a neck humbucking pickup and fixed the wiring, as well as fixing the output jack mount. After cutting a new control cavity cover, I was ready to move on to the full setup, which includes cutting the string slots in the nut to the correct depths, as well as spot leveling certain hi-spot frets, adjusting the bridge action, radius and intonation. Jerry was very pleased with my work. For more information about lutherie services available at D guitars and lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thank you.

Part 1: My friend Jerry "Captn Jac" Lemmon brought me his NautiCaster guitar that he started building for me to complete...
11/04/2020

Part 1: My friend Jerry "Captn Jac" Lemmon brought me his NautiCaster guitar that he started building for me to complete. The first thing I had to do was cut a 1 inch block of Walnut to mount onto the back in order to reinforce it so that it would be stable and solid under strings tension thank you, and then stain it to match the ship's wheel body color. I also created a new bridge and tailpiece mount block. I then installed a neck humbucking pickup and fixed the wiring, as well as fixing the output jack mount. After cutting a new control cavity cover, I was ready to move on to the full setup, which includes cutting the string slots in the nut to the correct depths, as well as spot leveling certain hi-spot frets, adjusting the bridge action, radius and intonation. Jerry was very pleased with my work. For more information about lutherie services available at D guitars and lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thank you.

Darren Cook brought me his Legator 8 string guitar to do a full set up, which includes cutting the string slots in the n...
11/04/2020

Darren Cook brought me his Legator 8 string guitar to do a full set up, which includes cutting the string slots in the nut to the correct depths, adjusting the truss rod, Bridge action, radius and intonation as well as adjusting the pickup height for optimal balanced. He was quite pleased with my work. For more information about lutherie services available at D guitars and lutherie, please call 305-896-1811. Thank you.

Did my civic duty...
10/27/2020

Did my civic duty...

My friend Eric Rule brought me his brand new, USA made, EVH Wolfgang for me to set up just right for him. It had a few m...
10/17/2020

My friend Eric Rule brought me his brand new, USA made, EVH Wolfgang for me to set up just right for him. It had a few minor issues that I had to address from the factory, mainly the locknut shelf wasn't routed to the correct depth. So I took care of that. It had one minor fret buzz with one high spot that had to be leveled down. The neck angle was off and needed to be corrected so the bridge would be at the optimal height. I then also had to disassemble and reinstall the D-tuna for it to operate properly. And then of course a full set up with 9 - 42 strings, including adjusting the truss rod, Bridge action, radius, and intonation. He was very pleased with my work.

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My Baby had an accident. Is this kind of damage fixable? I am in Port Charlotte.
Need some work on a couple
I stopped in too check out this new Place in the neighborhood which is much needed . Support this Est. Your in good hands !!
Hey, dude. Thought this may interest you. I was trying to find out info about this old banjo passed down to me. I was told the original owner was my great or great great grandpa. Luthier dude in Nashville says it looks homemade. I had him get it as playable as possible. I need to get a nice display case for it now. Imgur album is pics before luthier had it. Pic directly attached is how it is now. https://imgur.com/a/wAbOY
Wish you hadn't moved away but glad to hear from you. If push ever comes to shove I'll get you my guitar cause you are the best. Thanks!
I wanted to thank you Doron Markowitz and D Guitars and Luthierie for taking my $900 new bass and setting it up correctly! Plays great, sounds better and a very fast turn around! I’ve been playing since 1988 and have had my share of guitar luthiers.. so I know a good one and Doron @ D Guitars and Luthierie is the best! Thanks again!
Sorry about the poor photography. It improves some the last half minute.