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Personal Luthier offers guitar repair services as well as one-on-one and remote guitar consulting. Our consulting service answers questions and provides resources for guitarists and luthiers (guitar-makers). It is an extension of Learning to Speak Guitar: A Luthier’s Thesaurus, the only book surveying the experiences of owning, playing, repairing, and building guitars.

Together, Personal Luthier and Learning to Speak Guitar clarify complex topics, offer repair schedules and pricing guidance, support builders as they experiment with new materials or methods, and create an industry-wide language around the guitar to create more harmonious experiences for all.


Personal Luthier offers individual, remote consulting for all fretted instruments including guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, and more. Along with consultations, Personal Luthier also offers In-Home Repair Services for clients living in (or visiting) Maine. Personal Luthier also offers Guitar Fitting services for clients considering the purchase of a new or used instrument. Please visit our services page (at for more information and pricing.

Personal Luthier, an extension of Learning to Speak Guitar: A Luthier’s Thesaurus, exists to support guitar-lovers, regardless of industry, musical ability, or background. As such, Personal Luthier provides the repair pricing on our Guitar Repair Service Prices page at

All new consulting clients receive one free initial consultation* which consists of one email or one five-minute phone call.* After the initial consultation, clients pay hourly for services based on method of communication, length and volume of consulting, and a rate based on complexity of service

Consultations start at $20. All rates are based on a standard $90/hour rate for non-routine guitar service. **

Personal Luthier encourages students, including those learning to play guitar and those learning to build/repair guitars, to ask questions. Lots of questions. For this reason, all students receive additional free consultations annually. ***

*Free consultation is one email, or one five-minute phone call. The initial consultation is free and carries no obligations.

**Standard bench rate of $90.00/hr was applied to all non-routine repairs and services by Mr. Richardson while servicing guitar-family instruments as part of operating Richardson Guitars LLC. Routine repairs include but are not limited to setups, fret dresses, electronics or hardware replacements, and nut or saddle fabrication. Non-routine repairs include but are not limited to finish repairs, tone consultation, buzz mitigation, and crack repairs. Many, but not all, guitar questions fall under the non-routine category and this rate is provided as reference for Personal Luthier users.

***Free consultations for students are limited to four (4) consultations per student, per year. That is four emails or 20 minutes of call time. Students may select a mix of methods (i.e.: three emails and one five-minute phone call). All clients, including students, under the age of 18 must submit questions with parent/guardian consent. Proof of such consent, and/or student enrollment will be requested prior to any response from Personal Luthier.

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