Repairs and Modifications

If you are in the local Southeast British Columbia area, I am available to discuss your stringed instrument’s issues in person. Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Banjos & mandolins are my specialty. Inquire about work on other instruments.

Call or text 250-421-1550 or email jamie@wiensmandolins.com for a brief consultation and to arrange an appointment.  Working hours are irregular, but your call will be returned.

Examples of services available:

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Re-fretting a Fender ’62 reissue Precision Bass

Setups- Optimize your instrument’s playability. Re-stringing & tuning, truss rod adjustments (critical when changing to different gauge of strings) Saddle, nut, and intonation adjustments.

Fretwork- Full or partial re-frets using your choice of new fret wire . Levelling and dressing your existing frets, or just fixing that stubborn fret that’s popped up and causing a dead note or a buzz.

Pickups- Troubleshooting, height adjustment, installation or removal. Electric or Acoustic. I am also a dealer for Highlander Pickups.

Custom Saddles and Nuts- Upgrade your instruments tone and feel with a new bone nut & saddle. Change your string spacing to better fit your hand and playing style.

Bridge re-gluing or replacement. Fix that lifting bridge on your acoustic and get your guitar playing it’s best. Custom fabricated replacement bridges.

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Replacing the bridge on an old Gibson Acoustic.

Finish issues and touch-ups- I don’t  recommend repairing every little nick & scratch, nor repairing playing wear, as I think it’s a beautiful thing. However sometimes there’s a dent or  blemish that drives you nuts.  I can do everything from filling buffing out scratches, to refinishing larger portions of your instrument. I specialize in the craft of french-polish finishes.

 

Acoustic guitar neck-resets- Give new life to older guitars by restoring the neck geometry and thus their action & playability, which diminishes over time due to the forces of string tension.

Structural- Everything from cracks and breaks to broken pegheads. Shaving necks down, new fingerboards etc.

 

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Badly broken peghead on a 50’s Epiphone Acoustic.

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Same Peghead after repair

 

 

 

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