Building and repairing guitars is my way of paying it forward.
I’ve been earning a living at building, repairing and restoring guitars, basses, ukuleles, banjos and fretted instruments for over 25 years. I feel blessed to be able to earn a living doing what I love. My instruments have been featured in newspapers, magazines, books, network and cable news shows, and even a short film made by TIME for Lincoln Motors, where I was showcased in a series featuring innovative designers. My shop has been a factory-authorized service/warranty center for Martin, Taylor, and Gibson guitars for over 25 years. Of course, I work on instruments made by all manufacturers. I repair everything from modern instruments to vintage and historic instruments.
I enjoy taking on projects that others see as hopeless, and love saving the life of these instruments for my customers. I also have written feature columns in several guitar magazines, but decided to stop writing columns a few years ago because I realized I’d already talked enough for a lifetime, and just wanted to work.
Scott featured in a series of short films about designers, by Lincoln Motors
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From 1991 until Spring of 2017 my shop was located on Long Island, New York. It’s not a place where I ever felt particularly at home, and life there simply got too noisy and crowded. I’ve returned to my New England roots, purchasing a property in Chester, Vermont. The lifestyle I want is here, where I can breathe clean air, give my family a better quality of life, grow food, and help people out in a quiet way. My new 875-square-foot guitar making and repair studio is perched in the middle of a forest, and is the workshop of my dreams. It’s a modern post and beam building with flawless climate-control and a diverse range of interesting tools and fixtures. I’ve worked hard to make it among the best-equipped independent guitar building and repair shops in the world.
I know that your instruments are an important part of your life, and that matters to me. I treat every guitar repair and restoration project as if the instrument were my own. Many customers send me instruments that have been passed down from family members; these have so much sentimental value, and are precious to you for obvious reasons. This is not lost on me, and I consider it an honor to be part of such an important process for people.
Thanks for taking the time to visit. -Scott
To read more about my journey to Vermont, please read this blog post.