Regardless of your body type – we can make it sing!
Regardless of your body type – we can make it sing!
Paint job by the legendary Earl Slick.
This is a custom build. Constructed with a highly figured swamp ash body, one piece maple neck and both were finished in vintage amber. Neck has been shaped to a 50’s, V shape contour. Custom wound pick-ups with an Emerson preamp, stutter switch and to top if off amber LED’s in-laid in the fingerboard. Custom engraving by Masa of Japan.
This guitar was owned by Ronnie Woods of the Rolling Stones. My customer brought it to me with a broken neck and I made it new again.
This bass needed extra love … the neck had broken completely off. As with any neck repair my goal is to make it look like nothing ever happened.
“James saved me! I broke the neck of my upright bass on Sunday and he got my bass in, fixed, and out by Friday for my gigs starting Saturday. He did a great job, fast, friendly, and at a great price.”
Thanks so much again! I really appreciate it! The bass is playing great!
Repaired seam separation and many cracks, new bridge, true finger board, chin rest and lot’s of TLC for this very neglected instrument. Now it plays wonderfully and sounds brilliant.
This family heirloom was brought to me in rough shape. Extensive heat damage, several splits, sound hole was crumbling into pieces, but the neck was straight so it was worth restoring. After this repair it’s in playable condition!
70’s Style P Bass in Olympic White
Long time customer brought his father in with this family gem. He didn’t want to change the overall look but needed it structurally repaired. Sounds like a cannon and plays like a dream!
Maple neck, gold anodized pick guard … incredible sound and feel.
The tremolo wasn’t working correctly and we were able to get it repaired without modifying the original circuit.
Pedals in any configuration … any foundation custom or prefab. This one even has a recorder! Your ideas are our business!
This came to me from a talented, young gentleman along with another acoustic with separation.
This 1959 Gibson EBO Bass arrived to me with a badly broken neck (horribly failed repair attempt) and only 2 working banjo keys. As you can see there was an abandoned attempt to convert this right handed instrument to a left handed instrument. The front was routed for P Bass pickups and the back was there was an attempt to create a control cavity using hand tools I assume.
For a man on the road …
Washburn Parlor Guitar for my customer who requested that I install this nifty, tortoise Dimarzio sound hole pickup. The install required a modification to the pickup due to the small scale of the parlor style guitar. Looks good and sounds fabulous!
1938 Gibson Mandolin
This instrument arrived in the shop with an old “BAD” repair, my customer wanted it done right. Repair to center seam separation on the back of the instrument was the first order of business, followed by a refin of the back and sides, fresh strings and a set-up. This oldie is singin again!
Another happy Guitar Dog story~
Customer brought this cool XM series bass from the 1980’s with electronic issues. The headless bridge tuning system had a broken tuning mechanism, so 2 of the strings could not be brought to pitch. With some spare Steinberger parts and new electronics, the bass was singing in no time.
This beautiful 50’s Kay Mandolin doesn’t need much, but will get a new nut and bridge plus a total set-up. This will have my customer singing “that’s amore! ”
This vintage bass is ready to hit the road with Gregory McGlothen. Sounds sweet … especially when played by Greg.
To sum up the restoration the instrument had seam separation everywhere so the front and back were completely re-glued, the neck was reset, the fingerboard was removed, resorted and reinstalled and we replaced the bridge, tail piece and end pin.
This is the vision of a promising guitarist, Kyle Pratt, or “K” as I call him. Custom Dimarzio pickups and custom green inlay fret markers.
Well deserved props and press for Cris as well as THE GUITAR DOG!
Cris talks about his Guitar Dog custom built by James Knopp.
We’ve got a body for you!
Client has requested a black finish over this nice piece of ASH.
The restored fingerboard is now in place.
“ I needed a pickup installed on my Martin HD 28V. This guitar is my “baby” the one I’m very particular about. The Guitar Dog did an excellent job on the installation and also did the set up on my guitar so it plays better than before. I would not hesitate to recommend the Guitar Dog to anybody; even you “fussy” pickers out there”
Now the top, back and sides are all sound and secure. Time to prep the neck for instillation of the restored finger board. While I’m doing this I will also remove the old tuners to see if they can be salvaged.
“The Dog (or James, if you prefer) has always provided my guitars with the utmost care and professional service; and always with a smile and a cup of coffee.”
“The Dog understands that my guitars are like my children. He always treats them with the greatest personal care. Whether a re-string or a repair, he keeps my guitars smiling.”
“I come from all the way Wickenburg to James, because I know he’s the best; and I always look forward to my next visit.”
Peter Paige, Wickenburg, Arizona
Pedal board custom built for the Meat Puppets.
Photos courtesy of Jamie Butler.
The Guitar Dog / Guitar Repairs and Restorations/ Amp Repairs / Phoenix, AZ
Guitar – Bass – Acoustic – Electric – Uprights – Mandolin – Amplifiers
Broken – Fixed it – Customer Happy.
69 Les Paul Custom – Broken Headstock – Reattached.
Cyril Niccolai’s was gifted this guitar, but needed it electrified for his European tour. I installed a Fishman Matrix pickup system, a set of strap buttons and sent him on his way.
Body damaged by an amp the fell and landed on the guitar. Repaired – customer happy.
A customers favorite classical. Bridge pulled up. Fixed. Customer Happy.
This is a Japanese Jag/Stag neck and a mint 70’s Mustang body painted Fender Coral Pink.
Taylor broken by one of the major airlines who would be named if I could remember it. Repaired it and as you can see from the photos it turned out beautifully. Airline didn’t pay for it.
A customer had her guitar knocked over for a second time after a performance in church. I was able to repair the damage which included broken headstock and damage to the front, lower bout as pictured here.
Although not wet and smelly, this little Vox Cambridge needed some love and a new speaker. The amp was restored with original parts including the grill cloth, logo and black & gold detailing and finished off with a new Jensen speaker.
We were banging our heads against a mediocre bass sound. Sounds Fantastic, you are a hero!”
John Taylor, Duran Duran.
The original request from this customer was to have new tuning keys installed, because the guitar was not staying in tune. The tuners had been replaced once already (not by The Guitar Dog) . I chose to install Gibson factory tuning keys, the correct style for this guitar. The repair required replugging of the original tuning key mount holes. All tuning and vibration issues were resolved.