Guitar Repair of Tampa Bay

at 6001 Johns Rd Suite 226, Tampa, 33634 United States

Guitar Repair of Tampa Bay is a professional, full-time, full-service fretted instrument repair facility.

Guitar Repair of Tampa Bay
6001 Johns Rd Suite 226
Tampa , FL 33634
United States
Contact Phone
P: (813) 304-2560


This is not a hobby for us. We are a dedicated, full-time, professional repair facility. Guitar Repair of Tampa Bay (formerly the repair department from Legends Guitars) has relocated to a new workspace that allows them to not only do the simple repairs that are done at places like Guitar Center and Sam Ash but is fully tooled for more intense repair work. We can do everything from simple fret work to custom builds. The new space is not quite as easy to find as their old location at Legends but it's worth the trip. It's interesting to see instruments actually being built. With a combined experience of over 60 years, there's very little we haven't already seen in the way of stringed instrument repair. Please take the time to seek us out for the best possible repair work in the area. Professional, working players get priority. .......and remember: We always stand behind our work. FOLLOW-UPS ARE FREE We're dealers for: Graph Tech Floyd Rose EMG Fishman L.R. Baggs Wilkins Custom Guitar Finishes Moe Colors Custom Guitar Finishes Babicz Full-Contact Hardware TonePros Cleartone Strings DiMarzio The new shop is located on Johns road off of Benjamin just north of Hillsborough near the airport. 6001 Johns Road Suite 228 Please call for hours: 813-304-2560 Our website has a blog and directions to the shop. Come on by and see our new expansion. Ask us about "The Crackercaster"

Opening time

  • Mondays: 12:00- 19:00
  • Tuesdays: 12:00- 19:00
  • Wednesdays: 12:00- 19:00
  • Thursdays: 12:00- 19:00
  • Fridays: 12:00- 19:00
  • Saturdays: 12:00- 18:00

General Info

Ben Chafin: I started working on guitars when I was about 13. I had just started playing and I found a guitar that someone had thrown out. The body was smashed so I took all the parts off. This is where it all started for me. I would have to acknowledge credit to Steve Carr for giving me the basics of guitar building. Steve was the Builder and tech for KISS back in the early days. Steve had moved down from NY and we worked together to repair and build guitars in Orlando, Florida. Steve was a great and creative builder. He taught me how to do everything from carve tops and setting in necks. Over the years I was also heavily involved in guitar repair. I especially enjoyed working on vintage guitars. Taking those classics apart allowed me to really understand their construction and their essence. The classic instruments probably have influenced my building and design style more than anything else. In 1995 Dean was under new ownership and they wanted to bring the then dormant brand back from the grave. They had set up a small factory in Plant City, Florida. I was lucky enough to get on board with that and get my first experience in large scale guitar building. Over the years Dean evolved and my responsibilities also evolved. I became the head builder and designer. I regularly had the opportunity to work with touring musicians to develop custom instruments. This daily exchange with world renowned players is another important influence for me. I learned so much about the specific demands of these very demanding musicians. After my tenure at Dean Guitars I decided to start my own company Chafin Custom Guitars. This business is still growing and so far I've had many great experiences building custom instruments. Maybe you've always wanted to experience the difference a custom guitar can make. If you have, then please visit my web site and take a look around. If you have some great ideas or find something you like feel free to give me a call. I'd be excited to hear from you! I am here to serve the Tampa Bay guitar community. I will continue to listen to your wants and needs and be totally player driven. I want to be sure that even as we grow that we continue to provide a positive customer experience. I have a solid foundation in traditional guitar building and repair, I enthusiastically strive to improve those skills to better serve you. Mick Donner: I started repairing and building instruments in 1980 apprenticing first with master guitar builder, Lyle Haldy and continuing on with John Allison. I am a thirty year veteran of the Music Industry having worked for Washburn Guitars from 1986 to 1989 (desinging the Washburn AB40 and AB20 acoustic bass guitars), Gibson Strings from 1989 t0 1990(helping to develop the artist string and restring clinic programs), Peavey Electronics from 1990 to 1996 (Working with Brian Bromberg and Rudy Sarzo on signature instruments and custom-building instruments for various endorsing artists as well as developing the Cyberbass, designing the Cirrus Bass, and performing as an Artist Relations liason. As Product Manager for the guitar division I oversaw the release of the the Cirrus Bass and Wolfgang programs), Parker Guitars from 1996 to 2002 (helping to streamline production and develop the Fly Bass) and Dean Guitars/Luna Guitars from 2002 to 2006 (working on the development and implementation of both lines including the invention and development of the Pace Bass).

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We'll be closing an hour early today (Saturday, August 16th). We're headed down to 3 Daughters Brewing to once again help out Mark, Paul and Patrick Wilson raise money for a worthy cause. Check out The Wilson Van. Great guys with huge hearts.

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