n : a craftsman who makes stringed instruments
(as lutes or guitars or violins)
One that makes or repairs stringed instruments, such as violins.
[French, from luth, lute, from Old French lut ]

We set up and repair any stringed instrument from double-bass to ukulele

double-bass repairs and set upsall guitars set up and repairedmandolins and other stringed instruments repairedukuleles and banjos violins and cellos we mend them

over the years we have mended or set up all of these stringed instruments:

and most recently -
A Bolivian Charango made from an Armadillo shell.
The owner told me that he got it in Bolivia after
successfully completing some hostage negotiations!
Had to replace the top - very difficult - the armadillo was most uncooperative.

How to string a guitar to get Pat Metheny's " Baritone  Nashville tuning  "

The tuning from top to bottom goes A-E-C-G-D-A with the middle two strings tuned an octave higher than the rest.
This means that in terms of chord shapes it is just like conventional tuning but the voicing of chords is much different and obviously the overall tonality is lower and kind of wider.
It's great fun to play with and definitely not just for jazzers - blues sounds great in this tuning - as long as you can leave out all your usual lead runs as they can sound a bit odd when you jump an octave.
To hear a quick sample of me doing some fingerstyle noodling with this tuning go  here .

These are the string gauges I used to do my conversion.

from top to bottom.
A = 16
E = 28 wound
C = 14
G = 26 wound
D = 56 wound
A = 80 - this is an A bass string which I converted by removing the bass ballend and replacing it with a guitar one, and also removing some of the wrap at the machine head end in order to get the string through a guitar machine post
This setup is for an acoustic guitar and I just found that the bass string gave a better sound - you could use a heavy guitar string such as those in a 7string or baritone set particularly on electric guitar.

Now the tricky bit: guitar nut

You need to enlarge the nut slots for the outside four strings
(you could do this yourself but it's a little bit hazardous and you
might want to entrust this job to your local luthier)

For some other interesting tunings see my  Tunings page 


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