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It is well-known among musicians in this area that Dana is an expert in guitar and mandolin repair. He has worked on two nice acoustic guitars of mine, plus a mandolin. But he also is great with more obscure things – my Turkish Baglama and Afghan rubâb have also received high-quality care from him. It is very hard to find qualified people to work on these instruments, and Dana does them all. He is also well-connected in the business, and recently helped facilitate a major overhaul of one my amplifiers, free of charge by the manufacturer. This is not something I could have made happen on my own. Perhaps just as important as his expertise is his consistent professionalism. Dana always picks up the phone when I call and is always cheerful and punctual with jobs. The follow-up tweakings he does are much appreciated. His price estimates are always accurate. He picks up my instruments and delivers them back to me at my home. That’s certainly a nice perk! It has been very good working with him.
Dana did major repair work, refretting, reshaping of the neck, etc. to a 1917 Gibson A-4 Mandolin that I inherited from my uncle. The thing is a total antique, and Dana made it completely playable, while maintaining it’s original integrity. He’s incredibly knowledgeable, timely and responsible, a true lover of the music that these instruments can make. I never hesitate to call him with a question or concern. For a while now, I’ve been looking for an excellent and affordable mandolin mic, and Dana will routinely send me web pages unveiling the newest mics and info. I couldn’t recommend Dana Sutcliffe more highly for his professionalism, care, and attention to detail. You will not be disappointed.
My Aunt had recently given me my grandfather's mandolin. It was a Martin Mandolin from about 1923. It had big cracks along the length of the bowl and several other issues. I thought nothing could be done for it. I met with Dana who was friendly and very knowlegeable. I felt very confident that I found the right man. Dana was able to clean up an earlier home attempt at glueing up some damage, re-hydrated it. and put a thin rosewood insert to finish the bowl. I know this is just a portion of what Dana did, but the result is a wonderful sounding Mandolin. I played a few strums for my Aunt over the phone and she was completely delighted. I can't believe I was so blessed to have such a skilled Luthier living in my area. I can't recommend Dana enough! :)
IF YOU LOVE YOUR GUITAR,TAKE IT TO DANA
Dana first worked on my Takamine 12-String and did an amazing job bringing it back from the dead. It now sounds and plays better than it ever has in the 20+years I've had it! When I recently purchased a Rickenbacker 4003 bass I took it directly to Dana. It now plays better than any bass I've ever had! Unbelievable what a difference he made. I would definitely recommend Dana to anyone near and far. Would certainly be worth a trip to get this high quality of work!
My vintage guitars prefer Dana's magic touch. For the best in restoration work, Dana is the man. Thanks.
Dana has restored and repaired many instruments for me. He is honest and thorough. He has brought back some instruments from the dead.
Dana continues to astound me with the quality of his work! He's worked on quite a few of my guitars, new and old, and each one sounds much better when he is through. The most recent work he performed was on an old Martin guitar that I purchased with the intent of having him restore it. The guitar had been abused by prior owners. He looked it over and gave me an estimate that I considered reasonable given the condition of the guitar. He gave me weekly updated on progress. Along the way he called me with choices, explaining each one very patiently. The work he did on the bridge and neck worked so well, that he was able to avoid some of the more costly repairs the we had anticipated might be needed and the project came in under budget. After a few weeks he delivered the guitar to me in excellent condition. I’ve been playing it every day since and want to thank him every time I pull it out of the case. Dana has done other fine work for me including straightening the neck on a carbon fiber guitar, and cleaning up some relatively new guitars. I was surprised that the relatively new guitars could sound and play better than before. He adjusted the action on each one to the right height for the playing style and use of that guitar, and got each one to sound its best. Because of his incredible knowledge of instruments he is able to discuss each instrument with you, understand your needs, and then put the instrument in the condition you desire. Dana has also restored the fingerboard and neck of a used mandolin I purchased. Before he touched it, it was unplayable. Now it is a dream. He also helped me sell another mandolin, cleaning it up so that it was in good condition for sale and then bringing it to the attention of other customers. He went way beyond the call of duty.
Several years ago I took a 1975 Guild F150 with fret bindings falling off to a large music chain(Accent Music) to be worked on. They basically butchered the fretboard of the guitar and when I went to finally pick it up there were no strings on it in an effort to hide their mistakes.@!#$ Subsequently, I took the guitar down to Dana and actually felt embarrassed by what had happened to this poor instrument, but I thought I would give him a shot. When he opened the case he was not horrified but immediately saw the potential for this instrument. He miraculously brought it back to life and it is one of my favorite instruments that was handed down from an uncle. Since then Dana has worked his magic on several more of my guitars. His craftsmanship is AMAZING!
Dana was fantastic start to finish. He analyzed the problem(s) with my Fender Tele and expertlly turned it back into an instrument that is fun to play. He was also very prompt and reliable. After delivery he gave me expert advice on how to properly maintain my guitar. His service far exceeded any expectations I may have had. I was so impressed that I also had him work on my niece's guitar as a birthday present for her. She could tell a major difference right away and it increased her enthusiasm for playing. Thanks Dana!