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Guitar Repairs in Berks & Montgomery and a rare 23 fret Peavey (?)…

Posted in guitar repair, Store News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2012 by Coyle's Richboro Music

Breaking News…we are expanding our presence West!  Don’t worry, we’re not moving, just offering pickup and drop off services at the High Street Music Company in Pottstown.  Located at 135 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.  Phone is 610-906-3357 .  Just drop off your instrument with Louis at the studio and we’ll get you a free estimate by phone or email within a day or so.  Right now it’s a 5-day turnaround, but it sure beats driving all the way to Richboro from Berks and western Montgomery county.  For directions and hours, check them out at

 Our guitar repair shop is busier than ever and we want your business!  Plus that pesky urge for world domination, but that’s another post.  And not  just guitars, but your violin, mandolin, dobro, bass, amplifiers, PA gear, you name it. Setups, refrets, pickup installations, structural repairs, electronic mods, trem installations, nuts, saddles…you get the idea. We do it all, satisfaction guaranteed.

Here’s a link to our repairs page with some basic services and pricing info.  All other jobs by quote. Hope to hear from you soon.  Email us at or call 215-355-6711.

Now on with the show.

Here’s an interesting one.  First I’ll say that we’ve noticed an increase in Strat owners leaving the back plate off of their guitars. Nothing new, but seems to be more common. At least for the last 3-4 weeks. So that made us think of offering customized trem cavities. Yes, we are serious. First we sunbursted the cavity on a black strat. Looked cool. No pics. Sorry.  Then we did a stencil. Looked nice too. Today’s pic features a burled maple laminate over the ash body to match a stunning burled maple neck. Think about it. Nothing says custom like a personalized trem cavity. And if you don’t have a trem cavity, we’ll route one for you. Then we’ll stencil it.  Just think about it.

Here’s a killer Tele that we installed one of our all time favorite pickups in, the G&L MFD. It’s the soapbar looking jobbie in the neck position. To do this, we had to expand the route in the neck position and route the pickguard.  Sounds incredible on this guitar.  Pares nicely with the bridge pickup and a nice 2007 Monte Antico Rosso red.  This Tele has a 3- way toggle on the upper horn for pickup selection and the conventional spot for the selector is now a 3-way for the humbucker for Split/Parallel/Series.

Peavey Mystic. I know. I want one too. Super cool guitar from the mid 80’s with Peavey’s little understood T-60 tone circuit. I don’t know if that’s the formal name but that’s what we’ve always called it. When the tone control is on ’10’, it’s a single coil. Back it off a little and it’s a humbucker. Back it off a little more and the tone control starts doing its job.  So usually when people plug these in, they complain the pickups are weak. But back that tone to ‘9’ and the hum goes away, the volume goes up and the low mids arrive to the party.  So what’s the problem with this one?  It’s the bridge. Can’t intonate it. See here…

Even with the saddles all the way forward, still too flat at the 12th.  What we guessed was that the bridge placement was done with a 22 fret neck in mind. So after some careful measuring, we decided to cut down the neck to allow for proper intonation.

Here we are after some time with my old Ginsu knives. They can even cut a penny. Saw a Ginsu salesman do that when I was about 9.  Or maybe that was Cutco. No it was Cutco, I was 8, and they were scissors that cut the penny. My saw cut this neck. Then we smoothed it out on the belt sander, gently rounded the edges and refinished the end of the neck.

We also had to re-drill the neck screw holes.  Nice clamp shot. My favorites.

Now it’s the very rare 1985 23 fret version.

And now a glamour shot of that Mystic…

Here’s another of our Custom Carve Necks coming off the line. Well, the bench. We don’t have a production line. Yet. Lightly flamed and gunstock oiled for our favorite blend of feel and sheen. Sounds like a hair color commercial.

Thanks for looking and check us out at

And if you happen to work east of Reading along the 422 corridor or east of King of  Prussia on the PA Turnpike, give us a call and take us up on our  complimentary pickup/delivery service to your business or office.  Pickup and delivery between 10am and 11:00 am Monday thru Thursday only.

Thanks for watching!


This week in Guitar Fixin’…

Posted in Store News with tags , , , , on February 28, 2011 by Coyle's Richboro Music

It’s been a little while since we had a minute to update here, so let’s see what’s transpired recently.

This first number is an answer to the question, “How many knobs can we fit on that strat?” 

This is a Squier Strat brought to us by a heck of a nice guy, Haider. He requested some custom routing and to bring a pickguard tracing to life.  It’s pretty ambitious and we were happy to be part of the project.  Those offset ‘bucker holes are actually cut to fit (6) individual single coils. Lots of independant switching is in store for them. Hopefully we get a picture when it’s done.

Here’s a re-bound Guild archtop who’s original binding had shrunken and broken off badly enough to need replacement.  So off came all of the old binding and heel cap, to be replaced with fresh plastic and an over-spray of semi-gloss lacquer around the edges to match the sheen of the finish.  We don’t want the new binding to look out of place.

The finish on this guitar was very thin and worn in a few spots near the binding as it was, so we used lots of rope and avoided taping anything to preserve it. We trimmed it as level as possible without disturbing the finish too much.  Our good buddy Dan can now enjoy playing it without fear that the binding will fall off any more.

What else, what else…hmm. Oh yeah. We almost forgot to post this picture of one of our favorite customers with his prized new G&L.  Thanks for all the pretzels Mike. And we’ll soon have a lefty Custom strat done for this fine gentleman in Green Burst with matching headstock. But that’s another conversation.

Neck resets and a Tele with a trem…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2010 by Coyle's Richboro Music

Well, what we’ve got here are two great sounding acoustics from the late 70′ – early 80’s that have rendered themselves nearly unplayable.  The action’s high, the fingers hurt, the guitar gets put in the case. To prevent this from happening, we’ve decided to take ’em apart and put ’em back together. It’s what fancy talkers call a neck reset.

When the saddle has been cut down and the truss rod cranked and you still have a high action, this proceedure corrects the neck pitch for optimal playability. When set properly, the fingerboard should be in line with the top of the bridge, right where it meets the saddle. Sight down the neck of your guitar and you’ll see it.

So…what’s supposed to happen is that you remove the 15th fret, drill the hole, steam the joint and the dovetail comes loose enought to remove and we proceed. However, what makes these two guitars (Guild dread and Alvarez 12) interesting fodder for this stuff is that the joints were a little more complicated.

On the Alvarez, we hit metal. Ouch. Turns out that the dove tail is a bit tighter on these guys than your typical Martin-style joint. Since we were flying blind, the only way to prevent unnecessary damage was to remove the lip of the fingerboard completely and find a new method of attack. As you can see, there’s almost no gap between the neck and body and this joint was made to last forever.  So we drilled some holes on each side of the joint and patiently steamed them seperately while keeping lots and lots of pressure on the neck.  It finally  popped after 10 minutes of steaming. Luckily we knew what we were in for and taped off the lables and put lots of towels inside the body to project the bracings and seams.

Here we are after cleaning up the gluing surfaces, gluing and clamping. What follows next is re-fitting the fingerboard section, fret leveling, crowning polishing, finish touch-up. Can’t find any of those pics.  But I already typed all of this, so I’m not stopping now. Lets just say it turned out great.

If anyone’s wondering about the Guild, I’m glad you asked. Just substitiute the word “Guild” for “Alvarez” above and you’ve got the idea. The Guild’s issue was that the gap in the dovetail joint was located almost exactly between the 14th and 15th fret. After 3 small angled pilot holes didn’t his pay dirt, we removed the top portion of the board on that one as well.

We removed a larger portion of the board on this one to also address a truss rod rattle. We’d usually just drill a tiny hole and get some wax in there as a filler, but since we were already doing something drastic, what’s another couple frets?

Here’s a nice action photo of a chisel.  I don’t think it’s from either of these jobs, but it looks cool.

On to another topic…

So our good friend Steve came in the other day with a cool Mighty Mite parts Tele for trde that he got at a guitar show a few years back. Nice ash body, great feeling neck. Just one problem. The guy who assembled it used a rear loading bridge and drilled the ferruls by hand.  The holes had finish chips and were very uneven. I couldn’t even take a picture. And we definitely couldn’t sell it as is out of self respect. So here’s what we did.

Routed for a trem. Note the old ferruls. In an effort to make it look better, two of them were filed so they’d fit together in a tight space. Ugh.

Out came the stock pickup (whatever it was) and in went a Duncan Hotrails for Tele.

Yup, those are flat head screws on that pickup buddy.  There’s always room for cool points. We also went with a mis-matched gold vintage-style trem and graphtech saddles.

And bursted headstocks are in for 2010.

The dice knobs came with the guitar, and I’m not going to be the one to take ’em off.