Why did the guitarist have to give up playing after the traffic accident? It was a fender bender! But no need to fret, Chris at Re-animator Guitars works wonders.
Tell us about your business
I’m offering services, strings, accessories, fretwork, electronic changes, mods…basically all guitar, bass and speaker box work.
It’s a nice place. My good friend Evan has started up Versus Merch HQ here, I’ve known him a long time and toured in bands with him, and he offered me a spot here so I jumped at the chance.
What makes your business unique?
I’ve got a unique ideal of how to care for a guitar. I’ve been a nurse in palliative care so I am respectful about what’s important to the customer and how they personally care for their instruments. I don’t think there’s a musician out there that doesn’t care about their instrument. I will go as far as I need to get a great job done.
If you could speak to your younger self, what advice would you give?
Learn faster. Try to take in as much as you can from mentors. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Put things into practice. It’s one thing to see something done and another thing to actually try to do it.
What is the funniest experience you’ve had here?
Doing a speed job, someone was going on tour very soon and said that they hadn’t seen a repairman in a while. Opening up the guitar I could see that no one had serviced it ever. It hadn’t been touched since it was put together and it was put together so badly. I was surprised it was even working. The person who made it seemed to think they had done a much better job than they had, because they had signed every single part inside the guitar like they thought they were some kind of rockstar. Every single part. We got in contact with the factory it was made in and we actually found the guy who did it. He was just amazed at the repair I had done on the guitar, but he had done such a bad job on it in the first place that he had basically broken it.