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    Default Found a great luthier in the Bay Area

    Just wanted to sing the praises of Robert Sherman's repair work.
    If you are in the bay area, and you are looking for a luthier for mandolin work, or any instrument really, he is awesome.
    He is located in Napa, but it is a beautiful drive up there, and he is a really cool guy.
    He does mando work for Mike Marshall, so you know he must be great.

    I brought in my Northfield for fretwork and a setup.
    I thought it played great before, but now it is unbelievable.
    He dialed it in to perfection.

    Let him work on your instrument.
    You will not be disappointed.

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    Default Re: Found a great luthier in the Bay Area

    Good to know. There's some good luthier/techs in SF, especially south of Market but they're in kinda sketchy neighborhoods

    (Just to name names: Gary Brawer that everybody knows, SF guitarworks, Real Guitars (at least they used to have good techs there when i lived there)
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    Default Re: Found a great luthier in the Bay Area

    Quote Originally Posted by gtani7 View Post
    Good to know. There's some good luthier/techs in SF, especially south of Market but they're in kinda sketchy neighborhoods

    (Just to name names: Gary Brawer that everybody knows, SF guitarworks, Real Guitars (at least they used to have good techs there when i lived there)
    SF Guitarworks still has good techs - they do all the work on my mandolin/guitar.
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    Default Re: Found a great luthier in the Bay Area

    Though he is primarily known for his work in Kenny Hill’s guitar shop and as an electric bass builder, San Mateo peninsula luthier Ben Lamden has done excellent work for me. He replaced tailpieces on both of my instruments and good setup on one.
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