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Elevating the Art of Guitar Repair and Design for the last 4 1/2 decades.


Does your guitar always seems to be out of tune ?
Does it seem to be too hard to play ?

Text For Repairs and Setups : ( 519 275 1008 )

Precision work / Fast turn-around / Best price \m/ !

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Serving Stratford and Southwestern Ontario
for 27 years.




Class 4 Level 2 Winter Session 2017 / Thomas Nordegg's "Executive" TechDeck ... ready for the Steve Via Generation AXE tour.




Thomas Nordegg sent this short video clip,
from his California Workshop, of his 
"Full Metal Jacket" TechDeck "Elite" 

Locked and loaded for Steve Vai's 
Generation AXE Tour ....
with Yngwie Malsteem / Zak Wylde 
Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi

Everything gets shipped 
out to Japan next week 
to kick off the Tour.




In total, these Winter Session 2017 
students, have completed
well over $2000 worth of work
in class; while learning !

BTW: 7 out of 8 students now have 
TechDeck workstations, to continue their 
work at home in between classes \m/ !



Robert finished installing the splines 
today, for the neck surgery on this LP.





Jay has a guitar that he built years ago ...
he is doing a neck re-set after 
 the dovetail joint was steamed off
during the neck removal.

He will clean it up this week at home
 on his TechDeck.


Dimitri is re-gluing the loose headstock overlay
on this bouzouki.
He will do a partial refret and set this up
at home on his TechDeck. 



Eric has done a complete refret 
on his Eric Johnson Strat.
He is just removing the nut 
in preparation for his comp-nut
next class. He'll be doing all of the 
final prep for next week's class
at home on his TechDeck.





Dereck has levelled crowned and polished 
the frets and setup his guitar. 
The compensated nut is also installed.
Next week is final tweak.




Jesse has already dressed levelled and polished
his frets / removed the nut and prepared the
compensated nut blank for next class.
He'll finish it up at home on his TechDeck.





Steve removed all of the frets on his guitar and
 prepared all of the new frets for installation
this week at home, on his TechDeck.




Jay steamed the dovetailed neck joint off his 
guitar, to reset the neck angle.
He also fitted the nut blank for a 12-string compensated nut.



Thomas Nordegg's " Full Metal Jacket" TechDeck "Elite" ... ready for the "Generation Axe" Tour !!

Thomas Nordegg 

A lifetime dedicated to “Stoking the Fires” behind the scenes, 
for the World’s most Scorching Hot Guitarists !



 Thomas's "Full Metal Jacket "
version of the TechDeck "Elite"
 .... locked and loaded.








"I’m in the middle of prepping for my upcoming 
(April) Asia run with Vai’s GENAXE Tour,
 but will keep continuously hot-rodding my TECHDECK,
 as it’s already taking over my daily most favorite passion,
 to just open it and set it up for having the best time,
 to dive into the deepest corners of any stringed instrument, 
or having actually a real good time, just changing strings ! "




"Wait till you see what I’ve done so far with TECHDECK,
 rendering a ‘FORMULA ONE' version of certainly
 the ultimate solution for anybody that is serious
 or just really passionate about the guitar !"

" I managed to get loads of tools,
of course ever changing, 
by strategically employing FOUR Magnet Bars,
 offering plenty real estate
for handy tool parking / access ! "


Can’t wait to have it on a Tour ! !



Kindest regards,

Thomas Nordegg


Guitar Tech's Thomas Nordegg and Sid Pryce .... and their TechDeck "Elite" Workstations


 @ Tour Supply 
https://youtu.be/iypBPT4veSM



We are humbled and honoured to have
 both Thomas Nordegg and Sid Pryce !!
"step up to the plate"
and embrace the TechDeck Workstation.


Hi Michael !

"I can tell you that, for the past 2 weeks, and in particular the past 4 days, my passion for the TD has grown, exponentially, by the hour !

TECHDECK is truly brilliant in so many ways and a priceless tool for any guitar person, expert or novice !

I've actually used that 'foam' method for years, and always have custom angled blocks done by my local road case guy, that always last for quite a while, before I replace them with new ones...
This way I can quickly find  and return my tools in an instant, and at 71 years of age, every second matters, haha...

As mentioned, I just worked on 12 guits, basses from the Hollywood School Of Rock, that needed TLC, to be up and running properly..."

Forever thankful,
Kindest regards,

Thomas    N o r d e g g



Video
TechDeck Tips / Components



Thomas Nordegg

- Steve Vai's main Tech for decades
- Tech'd for Yngie Malmsteem
_ Tech'd for Jimmy Page






This was never about price,

 or any type of an "ego-driven" objective.

It was a simple, straight forward mission:

To create the safest 

and most versatile workstation possible. 



Sid Pryce 

-Paul McCartney's Tech ( since the Beatles !! )
-Tech'd for David Gilmour 
-Tech'd for ACDC
.... and countless others




I need to express my sincere gratitude, to all of the students and customers,

who put their trust and faith in us and they laid their hard earned money down. 

I am still humbled, grateful and genuinely excited, Every time 

a new customer receives their TechDeck.

Over and over again I witness the type of excitement they feel,

within the first few hours of using this workstation.  


Wishing continued prosperity to all. 


Gratefully,
Michael

Guitar Repair and Design



The TechDeck's design, 
function and versatility, 
has eliminated the 
 the need for vices, dial callipers  
arbour presses, vice grips,   
or computer controlled
 fret dressing machines,
when working on guitars.
All of your fret-work needs 
are now met,
 in one multi-adjustable package.
Fret work and fret dressing 
 just got a whole lot easier. 


Thomas Nordegg 

A lifetime dedicated to “Stoking the Fires” behind the scenes, 
for the World’s most Scorching Hot Guitarists !



 Thomas's "Full Metal Jacket "
version of the TechDeck "Elite"
 .... locked and loaded.







"I’m in the middle of prepping for my upcoming 
(April) Asia run with Vai’s GENAXE Tour,
 but will keep continuously hot-rodding my TECHDECK,
 as it’s already taking over my daily most favorite passion,
 to just open it and set it up for having the best time,
 to dive into the deepest corners of any stringed instrument, 
or having actually a real good time, just changing strings ! "




"Wait till you see what I’ve done so far with TECHDECK,
 rendering a ‘FORMULA ONE' version of certainly
 the ultimate solution for anybody that is serious
 or just really passionate about the guitar !"

" I managed to get loads of tools,
of course ever changing, 
by strategically employing FOUR Magnet Bars,
 offering plenty real estate
for handy tool parking / access ! "


"Can’t wait to have it on a Tour ! !"



Kindest regards,

Thomas Nordegg

"I've stood back and smiled, and shook my head,
  as the industry has gone around and around,
chasing it's tail over the last decade ...
trying to find a solution ... spending scads of cash;
while I calmly show total beginners how
 to do flawless fretwork on the TechDeck, 
after an hour of training". MMcC




I use 6 TechDecks
 for my College Classes, 
and use 2 daily,  
in my home workshop.



Hello Michael,
Long time, no chat. I hope all goes well in beautiful Stratford.
I have been using my TechDeck regularly since I got it from you. I know you've heard this before, but I really don't know how I got along without it. It just makes everything so much easier.

Best regards from Ottawa. ( May 2015 )
Murray
( Murray Jackson ....  bought his TechDeck in November 2011 )


Thanks for a great product and exemplary service!
R.L. Burns Las Vegas Nevada ( May 2015 )

See the link below for a few examples
 of what you might use this workstation for ....

( click link and  wait 8 seconds for it to load ...... ) 

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The consistent positive sentiment and comments that we receive
 from all of the TechDeck owners, within hours of using 
this workstation for the first time; 
clearly reflects, the sense of empowerment,
 independence, relief, and sense of freedom they experience.
The new ability to be able to handle all of the 
numerous shapes and sizes of instruments ...
( Flying -V shape / Upright Bass / Mandolin / Round Back / Arch-Top )
holding them firmly and safely
in the most advantageous position, for 
all of the various tasks and procedures,
switching from instrument to instrument in seconds;
 this is a very liberating feeling !



With the help of the in-class TechDecks,
my Level 1 students, by their second class, 
are routinely doing fret dresses
 / levelling / re-crowning and polishing .... 




A customer's comment after he picked up his Strat, 
from my shop, this week.
Over the last couple of years my enjoyment of playing the Strat 
has been slowly declining without realizing
 that the instrument needed quality work. 
However, after playing it more today I got back those 
old feelings of satisfaction and contentment.
 Sooo satisfying. To my ear it even has a richer more complex tone.
 Excellent work!
Thank you, thank you and oh yeah thank you,
Brian Hadley


BTW: The students and myself constantly correct jobs 
that were done using other methods ..... including 
jobs that employed the use of $100, 000  ++ CNC machines 
and multi-post dial callipers arrangements ;^ ) 





In the Level 2 GRAD classes we "cut-to-the-chase" 
and execute this job flawlessly, with some very simple, 
inexpensive tools that I make up for the students to
take home with them after the courses are completed.

I routinely make up a selection of 6 sets,
 of 3 sanding blocks each, for my entire 
Level 2 class, and hand them all out 
to my 6 students, for free .
With those free sanding blocks, 
in combination with the TechDeck Workstation;
I demonstrate to the Level 2 students 
how to do a perfect radius or compound radius 
for any guitar on the planet in a few minutes.
 Dollar - for - dollar, 
the TechDeck is the best investment
you'll ever make. 
The TechDeckers from Denmark to Australia, 
Italy to the UK, New York to Toronto, 
LA, BC, Nova Scotia, Calgary, Nfld,
Atlanta Georgia, Ohio, Oregon  etc..   etc..    
they are all easily
" turning over the price of their workstations" 
every month ; while increasing
 the capabilities of their shop,
 and raising the 
profile of their businesses.
Every time a customers see's 
you strap down their guitar 
on the leather padded multi-adjustable TechDeck; 
the word spreads, and your business grows ;^ ) !

When it comes to any type of fret work, 
 fingerboard levelling or  radiusing,
the TechDeck Workstation gives you
serious ROI, in short order !
The fret work,
 fingerboard radiusing  and levelling,
are just a couple of examples
 of the endless list of jobs,
 that the TechDeck turns into 
routine daily work.
Jeff Hayward ( Level 2 student )
just sent this message after trying out his "free" blocks
 at home ... ( Dec 12th 2013 )
Hi Mike,

I'm just finishing the neck to body levelling 
on the harmony fingerboard (the 3 blocks you made rock!)
what would you suggest to finish? Do I scrape, 
800 grit or just leave it? I'll be doing the fret work
tonight and tomorrow to hopefully have her ready by Saturday.

BTW the harmony has a compound radius 9.5 at the head to 12 
at the body. (again, the small blocks rock!)

Cheers,
Jeff Hayward

OK Jeff,
Do not scrape !! ... it will only leave chatter marks
 on the fingerboard and mess up that nice compound radius.
You can finish up with 120 / 240 / 320 grit sandpaper.
See you on Saturday :^ ) ! 
BTW: Jeff bought a TechDeck too ;^ )

TechDeck Order / Purchasing
Sales: 519 796 0332 
info@techdeckworkstations.com
The following accessories are available for all TechDecks:

Mini Neck Assembly $87.50

Extra V-Block $17. 50 
Bridge Slotting Jig $187. 50 

Neck Surgery Kit $265.00 


For International Customers: 
Shipping the BSJ in the TechDeck carton,
can amount to quite a significant 
savings in shipping costs.




TechDeck Workstations Winter NAMM 2017

When it comes to working on guitars ……..


“ Any Job you can imagine, just got a whole lot easier ”

Fret work ....... free from ...

 vices /  clamps /  arbour presses /  computer controlled fret dressing machines /  dial caliper posts 


The Level 1 GRAD students are easily 
levelling re-crowning and replacing frets 
with a minimum of fuss, and super accuracy.


Winter NAMM 2017 California

Purchase @ Tour Supply
Link below 




Jimmy, from Vintage Guitar Magazine, stopped 
by and filmed a wee clip for their Facebook page.
Thanks Guys ! We appreciate your support and encouragement.



The Steve Vai "Passion and Warfare" 
guys Thomas / Jaret / Philip /
all showed up to say hi !!


 Thomas Nordegg showed up to pick up his  "TechDeck Elite " in a custom flight case ;^ ) 






Jaret also stopped to say hello 
 (Jaret was also on tour with the 2016 Passion and Warfare Tour)



Philip Bynoe ( awesome Bass Man ) was laying down the bottom line 
for Steve Via, on the 2016 "Passion and Warfare "tour.



This past 10 years, has seen the development of the TechDeck Workstation. This workstation has gradually spread it's reach around the globe; establishing itself as the "Definitive Guitar Workstation" for many Pro Guitar Tech's, Music stores , Guitar Builders, Guitar Enthusiasts and School Music Departments. 

STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, BY THEIR INHERENT FRAGILITY, ARE ALWAYS SUSCEPTIBLE TO DAMAGE, DURING ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AND RESTORATION PROCEDURES.
THE TECHDECK'S  EVOLUTION IS BASED ON THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF REPAIR AND FABRICATION PROCEDURES, SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED, ON 10'S OF THOUSANDS OF INSTRUMENTS.

Peerless in form and function; the TechDeck continues to revolutionize the possibilities for stringed instrument repair and construction; offering intuitive engineering and sequential indexing ( 8000 + combinations of platform support ) in a single-handed-adjustment format. 




The Level 1 students are easily levelling re-crowning 
and replacing frets with a minimum of fuss, and super accuracy.


Current Guitar Repair and Design Class Jan 2017


The Conestoga College Guitar Repair and Design Courses, have proven to be the ultimate test of the TechDeck's multi-adjustable adaptability and ease of use. The average student ( keep in mind that, in many cases; these are total beginners ), easily completes between $450.00 - $550.00 worth of repairs during their first 18 hours of class time .... while they are learning ! Pro Guitar Techs, will generally flip the entire purchase price of the TechDeck, within the first few days of use.
The Design and Engineering work that has gone into the fabrication of these tools, dedicated jigs, and fixtures; has all been done to help lighten the load, and streamline the process, while lowering the risk, for all who pursue the Art of Guitar Maintenance,  Stringed Instrument Restoration and Fabrication. 

I remain thankful, for the faith and encouragement of my students, customers from Australia / Denmark / Ireland / Italy / UK / New Zealand / Isle of Malta / France / Israel / USA / Canada
and all who have walked this path with me; as we collectively, continue to
 “ Elevate the Art of Guitar Repair and Design "



1930's Martin Guitar Restoration
 ... play by play.



Steve Vai / Thomas Nordegg / and Acoustic Guitar Build Class + Guitar Neck Surgery



 Michael McConville Thomas Nordegg


Winter NAMM 2017 
January 19th - 22nd 
Booth # 1009 


Thomas is aslo Yngwie Malmsteen's Tech,
has Tech'd for Jimmy Page and countless others.













I cut the second dado in the Gibson SG
at the beginning of the acoustic guitar build class today
and installed the second spline





All hands were on deck for the
 acoustic guitar build class tonight








Michael Wilson has 2 guitars on the go ... !




Michael "quenching the soundboard "
sanding, flexing and tapping.



Steve Faber was doing all of the final fitting 
for this parlour guitar sound board
 to the back / side assembly







Darcy "nailed " the Gibson "Keb Mo" finish 
that Peter had requested for his Parlour Guitar.







FYI: The bridge that you see is a faux mdf bridge; 
which is used during the finishing process.




This "faux bridge " will be slipped off next class,
 then the real rosewood bridge will be glued 
directly to the raw wood of the soundboard.




Darcy was so busy helping everyone else today
that he barely had enough time to work on his own guitar.
Although we did manage to lay out the bridge placement
and he trimmed his rosewood headstock faceplate 
flush with the mahogany peg head.