I took my 20-year-old Takamine Classical to Cherokee Guitar works (my most precious guitar and possession). I stressed the importance of this guitar and asked about the luthier's experience working on a classical - the claim did not meet the work I received. The primary work needed was body work (crack repairs). The cracks were not smoothed out or sealed at all. All he did was put a cleat on the inside back of them. There were two braces loose as well that a "master" luthier would later identify at another reputable shop. The other shop actually mended the cracks while preserving the sound (they knew how to execute this with quality and care). They number one sign that I knew I was in trouble is when I picked up my guitar... the dude did not know how to string a classical... not close to being tied and wound correctly and further more not close to being tight enough to show that he checked his work. I would never take my classical or another acoustic to this man. He showed no respect to my instrument, thus me! I was too pissed to go back to him to address the issues and the waste of my money. I just got my guitar back from another shop... what a difference!!!
Posted: 5/04/2011 • Last edited: 2/02/2012 • Link to this review
I had a Warmoth Stratocaster copy that had been sitting in my house in a case for a while, and I almost never played it. I took it to Bruce at Cherokee Guitar Works and he helped me turn it into a dream guitar. Refinished it and stained it, glued in the neck and shaved off the heel, fixed the electronics, and dressed the frets. All for about 150$ I'd say all in all the work took about a week and a half. That guitar has gone from sitting in my closet to being my main squeeze in my band. Fantastic work, great service, and very reasonable prices. I'd definitely recommend Bruce to any player out there.
Posted: 10/21/2010 • Link to this review
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