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Were it not for the fact that, once upon a time, a young Terry Straker did not have the money to pay for repairs to his broken Martin guitar and therefore decided to master the methods to fix it himself, there would be no Guitar Works. Repairs are our raison d'être and a major reason to purchase an instrument from us instead of some faceless online discount dealer. We will make sure that when you purchase an instrument from us, it plays and sounds its best before it leaves the store!

We take great pride in the workmanship of our full-service repair shop, which is an authorized Fender Warranty Repair Center. We service electric and acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, basses, amplifiers, effects pedals, and more. Over the years we have been entrusted to repair and maintain the gear of amateurs, intermediates and pros alike, including Tommy Tedesco, Styx, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Steve Albini, Bob Mould, Larry Coryell, Jethro Burns, David Bromberg, Sam Bush, Ezra Furman, Smashing Pumpkins, Urge Overkill, Liz Phair, Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Doyle Dykes, Pete Huttlinger, Poi Dog Pondering, Nicholas Tremulis, Dave Specter, Harvey “The Snake” Mandel, Eddy Clearwater, Son Seals, Pete Cosey and David “HoneyBoy” Edwards. From installing a strap button to a simple set-up to the most delicate repair job on a vintage instrument, we pretty much do it all.

Most instrument set-ups and minor amp repairs are completed in one week or less, depending on how busy the shop is at the time. More intensive repairs can take longer.

Repair estimates for instruments are free. Repair estimates for electronic gear are $25, which can then be applied to the repair fee. Our labor rate is $80 per hour, billed in 15-minute increments plus the cost of parts, with payment due at time of service completion.

Typical prices for the most common instrument repairs are listed below. However, prices can vary considerably upon in-hand examination of the instrument.

Terry Straker repairs an acoustic guitar at Guitar Works in Evanston, IL.
Erwin Yasakawa repairs a bass guitar at Guitar Works in Evanston, IL.
Conor Madigan repairs a mandolin at Guitar Works in Evanston, IL.

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