Welcome to Maurice Adams' Guitar Repair. I specialize in Repair and Service for all Acoustic, Electric, Bass, and Classical guitars, and can handle all guitar repairs big and small.  For more information click on any of the Page Links listed above.  In Addition:

 Classical Guitar Players - Buzz Feiten tuning system can be installed on your guitars with no permanent alterations of guitar. Call for details!

  • We stock the premium CLEARTONE electric and acoustic guitar strings from Everly, and now have Cleartone bass strings as well. Also, stocking Cleartone's Seville series classical strings in standard and heavy tension.
  • NEW for 2014!!  FOR SALE PAGE that has lots of cool guitar parts, guitar building material, music gear, and other misc guitar related items. 
  • Extensive Links section has info on music lessons, studios, guitar and amp building resources and more.
  • I offer 1/2 day individual training sessions to learn Guitar Setups and Fret Dressing,  and for those of you who hate to put new strings on, we have a short course on guitar restringing. You can do it! See Services section for more details!!
  • I am a certified Level II Buzz Feiten Tuning installer which means we can handle electric, acoustic and classical guitar retrofits. 
  • Call or Email to set up an appointment days or evenings.

Maurice Adams Guitar Repair & Service (626)-590-6982

Great Banjo Upgrade: 5th string tuner

Posted by admin on August 2nd, 2014

Customer brought a banjo in recently complaining that the 5th string tuner would just not stay in tune.  That string is the one which is shorter than the rest of the strings, starting at a higher fret and is usually tuned to a high G.  It really throws guitar players off because it is “lowest” on the neck but tuned the highest.  Does make for fun patterns when arpeggiating chords.

I don’t get too many banjos through the shop so I had visually inspect the instrument first to see what might be going on.  I found that the tuners on the banjo were friction tuners.  These are a cheap type of tuner used very often on banjos, and ukeleles. I do not recall seeing the on guitars.  This tuner in particular would just not hold the note at the high G and so as useless.


Old friction tuner and puller tool that I used to remove it from its post.

After some quick research online I found what I was looking for, a retrofit 5th string tuner that was geared like a regular tuner.  Since the other four tuners were working fine, we decided to leave those and just replace the offending unit.  Here you can see the difference between the two tuners.


New gear operated tuner on the right. Notice the install post is larger than the original

So once I had the correct replacement part, I removed the old tuner.   What was left was a hole in the side of the banjo which was too small to install the new tuner.  I had to use a specialty reamer with the end ground off to enlarge the hole enough to fit the new tuner into. This is the trickiest part of the repair:  make the new hole too large and the tuner will not stay in there.  You want a very tight fit but not so much that you may split the neck wood when installing.  Once I was where I needed to be, I also used some slow set wood glue in the hole to help bind the new tuner.  Another important consideration is to get the proper angle of the spring post so that the string has some fall away from the fretboard, but also does not end up rubbing against the tuner body and causing a different tuning issue.  20140510_092001


After letting the glue set for 24 hours, I strung up the banjo, checked the intonation, and tested the new tuner. Everything worked out perfectly and this budget banjo was better than when it was new.  Here you can see the happy customer with her new friend.  I highly recommend this upgrade for anyone who has a budget banjo and wants an inexpensive way to upgrade their playing enjoyment.  Who wants to keep tuning when you can be playing.



Rescue of the Guitar Project Gone Bad

Posted by admin on July 16th, 2014

Customer brought this baby in recently to finally have all those parts put back on the guitar, along with some new pickups. A (now ex) boyfriend had promised to upgrade the electronics. He got as far as  stripping the old parts of the guitar, and then the project sat in the closet for a long time. Fast forward 10 years and my customer finally decided to bring it to me after I had repaired another guitar of hers. She was impressed enough to trust me with her “baby” apparently, and felt it was time for this rocker to finally roll again.

20140621_134041The trickiest part of course was dealing with getting the electronics back into this hollow body guitar.   With the help of some surgical tubing and a hemostat I was able to guide each of the pots back into the proper hole after prewiring everything before putting it in the guitar.  I did this for each pickup and then wired the output jack and added a ground wire to the bridge to reduce noise. 20140621_143935Then the guitar got a restring and complete set up.  It was during the setup that I realized the floating saddle had no radius, while the fretboard had a 12″ radius. So when the outer E strings were set properly the inner strings were way too low and buzzing against the frets. If I set the inner strings correctly then the outer strings were way too high.  To fix this issue I sanded a curve in the top of the saddle to match the fretboard radius and then added in some new fretwire on the top of the saddle.  Came out perfectly.  Adjusted the intonation as best as possible after that and tested it all out. That guitar sounded really good. I guess those upgraded pickups from the ex-boyfriend really did do the trick after all.