Luthier services...

Lots of lovely vintage and high end guitars from far and wide pass through our workshops in need of varying degrees of surgery! Many customers find us via word of mouth recommendations and we are also pleased to be recommended by Luke Hobbs, head of the guitar dept - auctioneer and valuer at the UK's premier guitar auction house. Gardiner Houlgate.

Check out some of our services detailed below.

Gibson LG1, 1954 © 2020 Guitar Angel

Restoration and repair

As specialists in vintage restoration work we are well versed in both acoustic and electric guitar construction. Our traditional approach to repair techniques uses appropriate materials and tooling and we always advise the repair and servicing of existing parts where possible to retain originality and value.

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Painted bodies in the drying room © 2020 Guitar Angel


The success of all finish work is dependent on the quality of the preparation. Our dedicated paint department is fully equipped with professional prep and top notch spray equipment to ensure consistent results, with all processes performed traditionally. When a full refinish is requested, stripping existing finishes back to bare wood is essential and is done very carefully by hand to retain original contours.

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Other services © 2020 Guitar Angel

Tech services

We offer a full range of tech services to keep your guitar or bass in top playing order. All aspects of fret work....refrets, fret levelling and crowning, setups and servicing, new nuts and saddles, modifications, electical component upgrades and pickup swaps.

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Custom builds

Alongside restoration and refinish work we also custom build high quality guitars under our brand name "42nd street guitars", available direct or from UK stockists Vintage and Rare guitars Bath. We have a standard model range or we can build to your own specs. Alternatively we can supply nitro finished bodies and necks along with hardware kits as a basis for your partscaster guitar build or to upgrade an existing instrument.

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