It is a
source of great relief to have Stuart Palmer in my
neck of the woods. Whether it's figuring out
how to install banjo pick-ups or put railroad spikes
in formica fingerboards or overhauling electric
guitars, or repairing or setting up acoustics,
Stuart is excellent.
By the way, I'm really
Yes it is true. Stuart
Palmer is the best guitar repairer in the UK for
sure. Just fitted a Highlander to
my Collings OM......He also did my 001, Gibson SJ45
and Taylor GA-RS....Not only is he good, but he is
efficient doing what he says, when he says it.
I picked my guitar up
today after you had done a fret dress, set up and
re-string. So, tonight I decided to re-visit a load
of Paul Kossoff's and Jimmy Page's old licks for a
bit of fun, (much to my wife's dismay!). Can I say,
many thanks for the expert job that you carried out,
its like a completely different guitar now and plays
and sounds out of this world, just like the one that
I owned in the late 70's.
Thanks again, and take
Hi Stuart, just to say
what a fantastic job you have done on my guitar, you
are the man! so glad i took it to you, thanks again.
has looked after my guitars for nigh on 20 years.
Over that period some of the best guitars in the
world have had their ultimate potential realised on
my behalf by his "touch".
His repairs display
master grade cabinet making skills. His
improvements and set ups exhibit how his artist
grade playing, his total knowledge and feel for
woods, for sound and tone, when focused on an
instrument turn good guitars into unique and great
His ability to translate
the dream of what you want in your head into reality
is almost supernatural. It's not a question of
"not trusting" anyone else with my guitars - if the
absolute best is available, why look anywhere else?
I've been lucky enough
to be in this business 16 years, working for amongst
others the U.K. importers of C.F. Martin.
Stuart was the man I always asked when nobody else
could answer my question.
I can think of only a
handful of people in the U.K. with his broad spread
of expertise. Not only is his building and
repair work top notch, he also has an encyclopaedic
knowledge of the evolution of our instrument and the
woods and techniques used in its construction.
What is even more remarkable about Stuart is that
all that expertise and knowledge was shared happily
for free, without pomposity and in a straightforward
Now as the U.K. importer
of the Japanese maker K Yairi, I use Stuart for all
my work and I'm positive you'll be delighted with
the man and his work.
Tom Harrison - 440
Stuart - Good luck with
the new website. In case anyone is wondering,
Stuart is the best in the business for guitar
repairs and maintenance.
He looks after all my
guitars, which include vintage Martin's and Gibson's
- D45, J200's etc. and also my one of a kind Ren
Ferguson custom shop babies. He has done lots
of work for me, from neck resets to standard setups.
I've been playing and
collecting acoustic guitars for many, many years and
have used many luthiers with varying degrees of
success, I know I am very particular and want the
best. After finding Stuart some years ago, I
will now trust no one else. He's good!
I've known Stuart for
over 20 years. He is the only guy I would
trust with any type of guitar I own - he is "the
Stuart carried out an initial examination of my
1971 Martin D35. There were a number of
problems to sort out, i.e. a total ref-ret was
required, a new pick-guard to fit, loose binding to
re-stick. But the major problem was a neck
which was not quite straight.
We discussed at some length how this might be
straightened. The difficulty with a Martin of
this vintage was the lack of an adjustable truss
rod. Stuart initially suggested a complete
dismantling of the neck and the fitting of an
adjustable truss rod. After further
consideration he decided that the same result might
be possible without such drastic measures.
As a result of some imaginative workshop
techniques he achieved the object and the neck is
considerably improved. The action is much
better and there is a noticeable improvement in the
tone and sound of the guitar All the work was
carried out professionally and to the timetable
quoted. Good communications were maintained
throughout the process. I was very pleased
with Stuart's work and I highly recommend him.
Andrew Gilliver, Leeds.
Just wanted to thank you in writing for the
repair to my cherished workhorse Takamine acoustic.
I thought the fall from the strap might have killed
it off. The repair is virtually invisible,
certainly no-one who didn't know there was a
diagonal snap and splinter from just behind the nut,
removing the headstock completely to behind the
third fret, would be non the wiser.
Intensive orthopaedic luthiery has brought the
bits back together very successfully considering
that it is not a top of the range machine.
However, I bought it in the World Trades Centre in
Bangkok some years ago and as such, it has a
sentimental value to me far in excess of it's "book
price"! Now its back!
The tactile satin neck finish blends the colour
in a light burst to the headstock and the heel and
the feel of the instrument is as god as new.
Super job, more power to you!