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..."
After 23 years of teaching ... Guitar Repair and Design Courses, it has become clear, without exception, that the students who purchased TechDeck workstations, are the ones who have succeeded and endured in the trade ... opening up music stores, working for music stores, starting up their own guitar shops, either building or repairing guitars, ( in many instances both ) or picked up gigs as touring Techs. Taylor Guitar Neck Re-set Video: https://youtu.be/uIG0254cg4Q
Thanks goes out to the 300 + students who came to study with me over this past couple of decades. Wishing joy and prosperity to All. Thanks also goes out to the100's of TechDeck Workstation customers, from around the World. We are very excited to be rolling out the new Family of Workstations over the next few months.
We look forward to meeting many of you on our travels as we hit the road this coming year. Be sure to check the blog and the StringTech Workstations YouTube channel ... we'll keep you in the loop ... as the story continues to unfold. No-nonsense Guitar Fret Dress Video: https://youtu.be/JMvzBajvD4g Steve Vai's Guitar Tech
The guitar family extrapolates in many directions ... 12 string / Arch top / solid body / fretted and fretless basses / nylon string classicals Strats / Tele / Les Paul / etc... etc ... This opportunity, for the students to examine and adjust so many different types of guitars, and to observe the idiosyncrasies and "rules of physics" for each member of the guitar family; this is what has made these courses so enduring.
Restoring, repairing, building, teaching and playing guitar
has been my journey, this past 45 years.
Every year we continue to "raise the bar",
in a constant quest for new and better ways to
Elevate the the Art of Guitar Repair and Design.
It has always been my mission, to enlighten and inspire
all of those who have taken the time to attend
the Conestoga College courses,
and to those from the Global community
who continue to peruse my musings
observations and instructions
here on the McConville Guitars Blog,
and now through the
StringTech Workstations YouTube Channel !
My heartfelt thanks goes out to all,
for years of support and encouragement.
You have been delivering this training through Continuing Education at Conestoga College for over 15 years ( actually 23 years ! ) now. The quality of your courses and the feedback from your students is nothing but exceptional. Your passion is contagious. Your students respect your knowledge and you inspire them to further develop their skills and allow them the opportunity to apply what they have learned. Conestoga College is proud to have you as a Professor. You are expert in your field, reliable, punctual and a pleasure to work with!
Dean, Continuing Education and Corporate Training
Conestoga College ( October 2010 )
Back in the mid 1960's, when I first got into the guitar repair scene, there wasn't much to choose from as far as supplies, information and tools. The only places I could find at that time were Franz Dotzauer in Erlangen West Germany and Bill Lewis Musical in Vancouver ( which was eventually bought out and moved to California and re-named Luthiers Mercantile ).
When the early Guild of American Luthiers issues came out (1972 ) , things finally started to open up. Now of course, thanks to the internet, there are numerous sources to choose from for tools, wood, bodies, necks, hardware, fret supplies, finishing supplies and instructional videos on various repair and fabrication techniques. Realistically, like any trade or craft, it still takes hands-on experience to develop these skills to a level of excellance.
Like any other trade or craft,
it is not enough to be good ....
you need to be good and efficient
in order to turn over the work
in a timely fashion.
These old shots ( before the advent of digital cameras ) taken at my Brunswick St. shop, will give you all a glimpse into a time ( 23 years ago ) where I had just started to teach my first Conestoga College "Guitar Repair and Design" courses and had retro-fitted an old chair-factory into a fully functional Guitar Design / Restoration and Teaching facility .
I am very grateful for this period.
All of this became possible due to the help,
faith and encouragement of countless customers,
students and friends who shared
the vision and contributed in so many ways.
Gratefully servicing the guitar industry for 45+ years.
Thanks goes out to all who have contacted me over the years,
Dear / Students / Customers / Guitar Techs + Builders,
Over the past 4 1/2 decades of Guitar Repair and Design; I have worked on 10's of thousands of guitars, for touring musicians, guitar manufacturers, schools, collectors, wholesale instrument distributors, music stores and guitar enthusiasts.
During the past 22 years, as Professor of the Guitar Repair and Design program at Conestoga College ( Stratford Campus ) ; I've been training students from across the province and beyond. Many of these students are now contributing to the Industry in a professional capacity.
"Elevating the Art of Guitar Repair and Design" continues to be my mission.
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 TechDeck eliminates the handling guess work, as it instantly adjusts, to "cradle" all of the various shapes and sizes of stringed musical instruments. With quick one-handed adjustment, you can now support the Neck , along it's entire length AND / OR the body along it's length, width and depth, in any configuration imaginable, for any job imaginable.
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,
and all who have walked this path with me; as we collectively, continue to