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At Burning River Guitars, we are committed to providing expert repair services to the guitar community, whether you are a collector, player, or professional musician. We provide the most complete repair and restoration services available, striving to keep the integrity of your vintage instrument.

About Jake

Jake Tuel has lived in Akron, Ohio all his life and is proud to call it his home. He is married, and his wife Susan helps with the day to day operations of the shop. At age 12 he began playing the guitar, and modifying instruments was a passion from early on. He started working at Lay’s Guitar in Akron, Ohio in 1992. There he cultivated his talent under the guidance of Dan Shinn.

On His Own

In 1998 he struck out on his own, armed with the knowledge of guitar repair and restoration and further guidance from experienced luthiers kind enough to share their secrets. Also, respected manufacturers such as the Martin Guitar Company offered further training in the methods of vintage repair. Over the past 20 years, Jake has had the privilege to work on many exciting and wonderful vintage instruments that truly shape today’s modern guitars.

What We Offer

Some of the services offered include complete refinishing, restoration, refrets, neck resets, acoustic structural repairs, binding replacement, and expert touch ups to hide past repairs and match the age and patina of surrounding finish. Martin Authorized Warranty service is also available, and all Martin guitars receive the best care in order to achieve optimum tone and playability. We service Gibson, Fender, Martin, Guild, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, and many other brands as well.

We are ready to help you achieve the results you deserve. Burning River Guitars is experienced in mail order repairs, and your instrument is sure to be treated with the utmost care in the shipping process.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries regarding your repair.

Telephone: (330) 400-4092

By appointment only