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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 ?

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Serving Stratford and Southwestern Ontario
for 27 years.




Thank you for 23 years of support and encouragement !

Guitar Repair and Design


https://youtu.be/bsBUrICXy0c

After 23 years of teaching ...
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, started up their 
own guitar shops, either building
guitars/ repairing guitars,
( or in many instances both )
 or picked up 
gigs as touring Techs. 

Thanks goes out to the hundreds of students 
who came to study with me
 over the past couple of decades.
Wishing joy and prosperity to All.

Gratefully,
Michael McConville









This small gathering of students,
 each bringing guitars to the class; has given everyone
the chance to cover an amazing cross-section of
 Instrument Repair and Design techniques.

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.

They have expanded their knowledge and developed
 these practical 
"hands on" skills, in a safe and 
encouraging atmosphere.


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.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to all,
 for years of support and encouragement.












Dear Michael,
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!

Sincerely,

Sandra Schelling
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.

In the "Guitar Repair and Design Courses" at Conestoga College, we have covered practical, safe, efficient techniques; teaching the students how to develop a logical approach in dealing with all of the various members of the guitar family. In a small class of 6 students; we always covered a wide range of topics and techniques above and beyond the designated curriculum.  The design and fabrication of simple templates, fretting tools and a few other specialised guitar repair tools are covered. The students are  encouraged to "cut to the chase" and "think on their feet", as is so often required, in order to get the job done. When dealing with the multitude of tasks that one faces every day in this field of work; this approach makes the difference; streamlining the process, keeping yourself and your customers happy!

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 ( 20 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.




I will continue to share "with the "Global Guitar Community " 
what I have learned over the past 4 1/2 decades. 

I will continue to produce instructional videos
 as time permits, over the coming years.




Gratefully servicing the guitar industry for 45+ years.  

Thanks goes out to all who have contacted me over the years, 
with encouraging words and suggestions.

"Elevating the Art of Guitar Repair and Design",
continues to be my mission.


Sincerely,

              Michael McConville