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Old 08-05-2022, 12:09 PM
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Default Repair Person for Early 50's Epiphone Archtops

Some pre-purchase due diligence ...

Can you recommend someone who does repairs and maintenance on early 1950's Epiphone archtop guitars with pickups?

I promise to post pics when I find the right guitar. Thanks and have a nice weekend!
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Some pre-purchase due diligence ...

Can you recommend someone who does repairs and maintenance on early 1950's Epiphone archtop guitars with pickups?

I promise to post pics when I find the right guitar. Thanks and have a nice weekend!
Hi Rob. You might have better luck getting recommendations if you mention where you're located.
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Where are you located - general geographic region OK if you don't want to get specific...
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Old 08-05-2022, 12:36 PM
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Ah okay, good thought .. I live in Houston.
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1955 Gibson Country Western
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...I live in Houston.
This guy is the Grand Poobah of guitar techs - nothing (literally) that he can't fix, and well worth a day trip from your parts:

https://www.erlewineguitars.com/
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Old 08-05-2022, 04:08 PM
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Many thanks, Steve. 👍
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Old 08-06-2022, 02:52 PM
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You might want to check on the wait list with Mark Erlewine. He may have “Trigger” in the shop!

If you’re thinking of making the trip up to Cap ‘o’ Texas, you might consider Pete Skermetta as an option. I’m waiting for an opening for a similar era Gibson, in fact.

Good luck with it!
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Old 08-06-2022, 03:15 PM
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Gracias Mark! Part of my concern is I'd like a repair person to perform an in-hand inspection before I close any deal. I may end up going to an archtop builder, such as Tad Brown, for help.
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1939 Martin 000-18
1951 Martin D-28
1955 Gibson Country Western
1969 Grammer G-20C
2000 Martin D-42
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2021 Martin 000-28 Authentic
2022 Tad Brown, Skytop, 2 Hatcher
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Yes, find the absolute right person for that job!
I’m looking for an inspection and possible refret of a ‘54 ES125, for reference.

Best wishes!
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Old 08-06-2022, 09:42 PM
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Hey Mark, speaking about Gibson guitars, I was reading that Pete Moreno (Moreno Guitar Clinic, Kalamazoo, MI, 269-372-1126) was a trusted archtop repair/maintenance/setup person).
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1939 Martin 000-18
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1955 Gibson Country Western
1969 Grammer G-20C
2000 Martin D-42
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Old 08-06-2022, 10:42 PM
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Thanks for that Rob!
I’m going to give Pete first crack (bad metaphor!) since he’s in the ‘hood and has a stellar rep. He worked at Collings for quite a while before going off on his own career in lutherie and repair. Haven’t met him but we’ve spoken and I’m very optimistic.
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Old 08-06-2022, 10:51 PM
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Good luck, Mark. Love to know how it goes! 👍
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1939 Martin 000-18
1951 Martin D-28
1955 Gibson Country Western
1969 Grammer G-20C
2000 Martin D-42
2018 Gibson Hummingbird
2020 Gibson J-50
2021 Urlacher Parlor
2021 Martin 000-28 Authentic
2022 Tad Brown, Skytop, 2 Hatcher
2023 2 Turnstone, Noemi
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Old 08-07-2022, 04:51 PM
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Mark , In Houston …..grab your guitar and take it to Neil Sargent . Neal is superb on all guitars . He did an old Epiphone Casino and A Fender Coronado for me. He does most of the local stars work . Check him on the Net , I don’t think he advertises but people write about him a lot.
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