Guitar Repair, Stringed Instrument Repair

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John Thurston has built a reputation as being the most skilled repairman is South Texas. At Guitar Tex we usually have about 60 guitars and fretted instruments at at given time in for repair. Some very simple; some complete restoration jobs. It’s overwhelmed the space in the store.T with Mandolin

The repair facility will be moving mid-April to a secure space very close by where John can move out of his cubbyhole, set up all of his tools and equipment and handle more repairs more efficiently. This, of course, means he will not be in the shop for immediate consultations without prior arrangements.  He will be glad meet with anyone who needs his expertise when appointments are made. shop number 210 826 1350

Mark RepairsThere will always be someone on hand to discuss your needs. Myself (owner Mark Waldrop), I attended Bryan Galloup’s guitar building and repair school in 1994 and I’m knowledgeable and conversant on all aspects of guitar repair. Gus Wanner and John Michael Ramirez have many years experience with guitars and stringed instruments. Rest assured your instruments will be well cared for at Guitar Tex.                                                                                                                                                    




If you need an appraisal, bring your instrument in. We provide written appraisals for $35. If you want advice on what you should ask for your guitar that you are selling, you may use our referral books free of charge. Please don’t call to ask what your guitar is worth.

The acoustic market is hugely diverse, covering many tastes and styles, but the standards for the a fine instrument are the same regardless of what style of music you play. We offer a great selection at great prices.

Come on in. We look forward to visiting.


A lot has changed since I first began installing acoustic pickups & I’ve tried just about every pickup for acoustic guitar available. Recently, with innovations from L.R.Baggs like their Anthem system & Fishman’s Aura system we’ve moved much closer to the warm, organic plugged in sound we’ve all been seeking for so long.  Either one is minimally invasive & can provide excellent stage sound, giving the player on-board control without the ugly hole in the side of your guitar.

The K&K pickups can be a good choice for solo players wanting to maintain as natural tone as possible, especially so for classical players but I’ve had great results on dreadnoughts, too.  Perhaps not so good, though, for the ensemble player who needs lots of volume & a high threshold before feedback becomes a problem.

We do lots of pickup installations & we’ll be glad to advise you on your choice. However, the choice is yours & we encourage you to do your homework & make your own decision. One particuarly positive aspect of all the choices I’ve mentioned is that they’re all reversible if you should choose something else or just to go back to pure acoustic.

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