Volume 47 - Repair Classes and DVD

Written by Patrick Podpadec on . Posted in Northcoast Voice



                     Stay in Tune
                                                       By Luthier Patrick Podpadec

It's been a couple of weeks since the last issue was released and we have had nothing but a lot of very wet weather. The rivers and surrounding ground is pretty much filled to capacity. Kind of like my patience with this rain. I know April showers brings May flowers, but enough is enough already. (Listen to me, like I'm telling Mother Nature what to do).
Since I haven't been able to do the outside garden type work that I love to do this time of year, I have had some time to do a little shop reorganizing and get a few projects under way. A few years back I made these very cool little guitars that I sold at Christmas time as small ornaments that could hang on the tree or that could be displayed on a stand on your mantel or other tables. They actually have “solid spruce tops” with real inlayed frets on the fingerboard. Complete with a leather strap and a stand they make great gifts for any aspiring guitar player. I have begun a new production lot of 100 units. They will be a limited edition that will be numbered and signed and I will be selling them through my website www.wood-n-strings.net for $25.00. You can also call me at 440-474-2141 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place an order. I don't expect them to last long so please take a look and get one while they last. Another project that I am getting off the ground is, I'm trying to put together a few videos of certain repairs that can be downloaded (for a fee) off of my site. I'm working with a high end video producer so that the quality of the video and audio will be of the highest quality. There are already many different dvd's of certain repair techniques, but I hope to capture a market that has not been touched yet. I have found in my searches of educational repair videos that there is not a lot of installation videos out there. Things like “How to properly install a acoustic pickup under the Saddle” , or “How to install a new Magnetic Pickup” or how to solve other interesting wiring problems that are common to the electric guitar. There is a whole host of information that is waiting to be released and I'm sure that this summer will prove to be very good to all of you “new Luthiers”.
I am trying to think of ways that I can improve my explanations of my articles so that the readers can learn more . I have found in my experiences that it is easier to learn from sight and actual hands on techniques than just reading about a subject in a book or magazine. I hope to be able to develop a“video system” for the readers of the voice and other interested parties, so they can learn more from my articles.
Last week I was able to set up a booth to show people what it is that I do at The Blue Sky Folk Festival. It was held at the Unitarian Church in Kirtland Ohio on Rt. 306. It was their first event and it went off great! Good musicians, good food, good weather and good times were had by all who attended. Please put a reminder on your calender for it's return next year.
I had a few patrons that asked me if I was ever willing to start a small repair school or classes on how to build your own guitar. I have often thought about it but now that I have found a few willing participants, I think that the time might be right for such a venture. I therefore am officially asking any and all interested parties to send a email to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in regards to what type of classes that you might be interested in . I would be able to put together a full line of special classes that would cater to almost any type of repair or building. I need enough interested students to spark off a “continuing study” of repair classes. I have seen other building schools that are set up for a certain amount of time (say 6 to 8 or even 10 wks) that demand a huge fee. I was hoping to design a program that would be set up more like a “Pay as you Grow “format. Meaning you pay for each individual class or dvd and if you decide that it is not your cup of tea you won't have to put out thousands of dollars to find that out. Most of the classes could be very small ( small in student capacity, so that you would receive close one on one attention)and completed in just a few hours of proper training, keeping the cost low. Other classes can be designed to fit the particular desires of the each individual student..If enough interest is generated in a certain field I could design a class for that purpose. For instance, there could be a class on “how to bend sides”, or “how to put in frets in a guitar”.
Please consider that this venture will take a considerable amount of joint effort to be come a reality. I need the input and feedback from all interested musicians, repairman, luthiers, readers ,etc. so that the 'The Liam Guitar Video Repair School” can become a reality. Please feel free to join in with thoughts and suggestions.
Looking forward to hearing from all of you!

Thanks Again!
Patrick from Wood-n-Strings / Liam Guitars