John Carruthers Guitar Repair

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  • 4700 Calle Carga

    Camarillo, CA 93012

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  • 805-482-9696

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I drove from Torrance,ca. to Carruthers Guitars in Camarillo. It took about an hour and a half. I wanted to replace a broken guitar neck. However, after meeting John Carruther i decided not to have the guitar fixed. He's a mean and

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I drove from Torrance,ca. to Carruthers Guitars in Camarillo. It took about an hour and a half. I wanted to replace a broken guitar neck. However, after meeting John Carruther i decided not to have the guitar fixed. He's a mean and

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Someone once told me Carruthers could clone a guitar neck easily so I called the shop. He said he would accept the job so I drove the 30-odd miles one way and dropped it off. John took care of me personally, as we examined the neck

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Someone once told me Carruthers could clone a guitar neck easily so I called the shop. He said he would accept the job so I drove the 30-odd miles one way and dropped it off. John took care of me personally, as we examined the neck

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About 15 years ago I took my guitar in for a refin and refret. They assured me it would be done in "six weeks." For THIRTEEN YEARS of letters, e-mails, and hundreds of phone calls, they told me "we're just finishing up now." After

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About 15 years ago I took my guitar in for a refin and refret. They assured me it would be done in "six weeks." For THIRTEEN YEARS of letters, e-mails, and hundreds of phone calls, they told me "we're just finishing up now." After

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My 11 year old son and I have been trying to "build" a custom guitar for some time when we got referred to John Carruthers. After a brief phone call confirming that he could help us, we went down to John's Venice workshop filled with anticipation and a little trepidation that we were in way over our heads. We found John alone in his workshop. He spent the next few hours personally guiding us and educating us through every step as he BUILT OUR GUITAR BEFORE OUR EYES!!!
From the routing, to the design, to the cutting and sanding. All the while allowing us complete access to the process and teaching us what his 45 years of experience allowed. It was like we both went to GUITAR MAKING GRAD SCHOOL.
Throughout, John Carruthers was thoughtful and philosophical, funny and inspiring.
We left his workshop with a sense that we had been in the presence of a master... And with a guitar that far exceeded our wildest dreams. Thank you, John.

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My 11 year old son and I have been trying to "build" a custom guitar for some time when we got referred to John Carruthers. After a brief phone call confirming that he could help us, we went down to John's Venice workshop filled with anticipation and a little trepidation that we were in way over our heads. We found John alone in his workshop. He spent the next few hours personally guiding us and educating us through every step as he BUILT OUR GUITAR BEFORE OUR EYES!!!
From the routing, to the design, to the cutting and sanding. All the while allowing us complete access to the process and teaching us what his 45 years of experience allowed. It was like we both went to GUITAR MAKING GRAD SCHOOL.
Throughout, John Carruthers was thoughtful and philosophical, funny and inspiring.
We left his workshop with a sense that we had been in the presence of a master... And with a guitar that far exceeded our wildest dreams. Thank you, John.

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Met John in 1988; he'd handmade a Tele around a Fender Tele neck I'd given a friend who'd had his guitars stolen. John's work was striking and I just had a feeling Carruthers would one day make one for me. In 2001, John made a mahogany Tele with some Les Paul specs, Seymour Duncan p/ups, vibrato, etc. To me, it's a beautiful thing. So, I asked him to make a second Tele; based on the '51 Nocaster & Jeff Beck's Esquire. Players notice it and comments have been so favorable that one guy has me passing on it to him in my will. Thirdly, John made a Strat neck with Jeff Beck's "baseball bat" specs. Never, during the years I've been taking other players to his shop, has anyone spoken rudely to me; given a surly attitude; presented shoddy work; made me feel like I was a second class citizen. I'm only a high school English teacher and he treated me with more respect than California's present administration. I've always found John Carruthers to be an artist, a gentleman, and a class act.

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Met John in 1988; he'd handmade a Tele around a Fender Tele neck I'd given a friend who'd had his guitars stolen. John's work was striking and I just had a feeling Carruthers would one day make one for me. In 2001, John made a mahogany Tele with some Les Paul specs, Seymour Duncan p/ups, vibrato, etc. To me, it's a beautiful thing. So, I asked him to make a second Tele; based on the '51 Nocaster & Jeff Beck's Esquire. Players notice it and comments have been so favorable that one guy has me passing on it to him in my will. Thirdly, John made a Strat neck with Jeff Beck's "baseball bat" specs. Never, during the years I've been taking other players to his shop, has anyone spoken rudely to me; given a surly attitude; presented shoddy work; made me feel like I was a second class citizen. I'm only a high school English teacher and he treated me with more respect than California's present administration. I've always found John Carruthers to be an artist, a gentleman, and a class act.

Pros: Superior craftsmanship to me

Cons: Takes a couple of months

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I brought my guitar in to get the intonation corrected. I was told it would be done in a few days and that they would call when it was ready. I called after a week, and they seemed annoyed . . . "we'll call when it's ready." I only called because I was told 2 days. I then noticed the repair ticket had a much wider time frame. Fine, no big deal. But when I eventually got my guitar after 2 weeks, the intonation was way off. I called and asked if they would take another look and was met with a clearly annoyed John Carruther. "It's as good as it's going to be, but we'll take a look." I brought it in and he worked on it for a minute . . . said he made a "slight adjustment." I asked . . . "a truss rod adjustment?" and he didn't want to acknowledge that it wasn't right in the first place and changed the subject. Bottom line, he corrected it in a half-ass quick and annoyed way, and my guitar is still not properly intonated. Wasted my money and time. I need to find somewhere else, this place suck.

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I brought my guitar in to get the intonation corrected. I was told it would be done in a few days and that they would call when it was ready. I called after a week, and they seemed annoyed . . . "we'll call when it's ready." I only called because I was told 2 days. I then noticed the repair ticket had a much wider time frame. Fine, no big deal. But when I eventually got my guitar after 2 weeks, the intonation was way off. I called and asked if they would take another look and was met with a clearly annoyed John Carruther. "It's as good as it's going to be, but we'll take a look." I brought it in and he worked on it for a minute . . . said he made a "slight adjustment." I asked . . . "a truss rod adjustment?" and he didn't want to acknowledge that it wasn't right in the first place and changed the subject. Bottom line, he corrected it in a half-ass quick and annoyed way, and my guitar is still not properly intonated. Wasted my money and time. I need to find somewhere else, this place suck.

Pros: know about guitars

Cons: annoying "know it all" personality and bad customer service

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Hands down, John Carruthers is one of the finest luthiers in America. He builds his own like no other and he fixes other company's instruments better than out of their own factories. When I heard my first Carruthers guitar onstage, I was hooked! It made the two other Fenders onstage that night sound like poor distant relations from Arkansas. I'm writing this review to disuade anyone thinking about visiting Guitar Center-DON'T. If you want to play better, the secret is to practice and buy a better instrument. That's why I've got two Carruthers sitting right here next to me.

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Hands down, John Carruthers is one of the finest luthiers in America. He builds his own like no other and he fixes other company's instruments better than out of their own factories. When I heard my first Carruthers guitar onstage, I was hooked! It made the two other Fenders onstage that night sound like poor distant relations from Arkansas. I'm writing this review to disuade anyone thinking about visiting Guitar Center-DON'T. If you want to play better, the secret is to practice and buy a better instrument. That's why I've got two Carruthers sitting right here next to me.

Pros: Best guitars and basses on Earth

Cons: Gotta go to their shop; not in chain stores; but that's cool

 

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