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.
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.
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.
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~
In addition to my technical capabilities related to stringed instruments, I have garnered sponsorships for pro musicians including a relationship with Moog and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. Circa 2000 Nick Rhodes, Herbie Hancock and Rick Wakeman all created and contributed sound patches for the signature run of Voyager Synthesizers. I was happy to do it … Nick is an immensely talented musician.
These “Tech Guru” shots were taken by Patty Palazzo for use on John’s (now de-funked) “Trust the Process” website. This was the eve of the release of the “Astronaut” album. I was fortunate to work with Yoshi Faruta and Bob Ito of Aria Pro Instruments in Japan, two of the nicest men in the music business, in securing the re-issue of the Aria Super Bass 1000. In my opinion John Taylor singlehandedly put this SB1000 on the map and many of his contemporaries in the 1980’s also followed suit and began to play this bass for its wonderful ringing sustain, unique electronic circuit and slightly compressed sound when recorded. Although I don’t know the exact number, they only made a few of the JT 1000’s, however currently in 2010 they continue to make the SB1000. This was one of the happiest moments of my professional life, working with Yoshi and Bob was cultural and learning experience, add to that John Taylor and the SB1000 bass … it doesn’t get much better.
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.
To say thank you for your awesome work I wanted to spread the word about your great service and bring you as much business as I can so I added your business on yelp.com.
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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.
My friend Greg needs a second upright for his gigs in Southern California. He found a gem that needs some work. I have it in good shape soon. First order of business is getting top, back and sides secured.
JAMES KNOPP is THE GUITAR DOG … and he is YOUR GUITAR’s BEST FRIEND!
James has worked with pro musicians including John Taylor of Duran Duran, Warren Cuccurullo of Missing Persons, Cris Kirkwood of The Meat Puppets, Earl Slick of David Bowie band and Cyril Niccolai. Repairs include guitar, bass, acoustic, electric, uprights/double bass, mandolin, violin, cello, amplifiers, electronics and restorations. All repairs are by appointment and are booked online via email. The shop is located in north central Phoenix.
The Guitar Dog / Guitar Repairs and Restorations/ Amplifier Repairs / Phoenix, AZ
Guitar – Bass – Acoustic – Electric – Uprights – Mandolin – Cello – Violin – Amplifiers
This is a glimpse of the instruments that have come and gone.
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.
This is a Japanese Jag/Stag neck and a mint 70’s Mustang body painted Fender Coral Pink.
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.
We were banging our heads against a mediocre bass sound. Sounds Fantastic, you are a hero!”
John Taylor, Duran Duran.
“Yo man, that gear is totally smokin, totally retro!” Thanks! W.
Warren Cuccurullo, Missing Persons