What are they saying about Graham Parker Luthier?
Here’s a selection of the many thank you emails that arrive weekly.
Hi Graham, Just a quick thanks for the great job on the guitar it plays beautifully and I have written a couple of new songs because it plays so easy.
John (Neck Reset)
Apologies for the random email – but I can’t remember actually contacting you after you had finished working on my Fender Precision.
Work was manic and as unbelievable as it might sound, I didn’t actually even get to take the bass out of the case for a few months.
I just wanted to send you a note to say that it is perfect – absolutely perfect. It feels better than ‘brand new’, and the action is literally the best I’ve experience in about 20 years – really good.
Great work. Thank you again and apologies for the delay in getting in touch.
Andrew (refret – N. Ireland)
I just wanted to drop you a quick line of thanks for the wonderful set-up that you did on my Gibson Byrdland. My hands were so cold when I came to pick it up from you, that I didn’t fully appreciate how good your work was. However, now that my hands have warmed up – and with a week of noodling under my belt – I have to say that the guitar feels and sounds fantastic. I was seriously thinking of selling it, but thanks to you it is an absolute ‘keeper’ now!
Thanks for all your first rate work on the guitar, certainly worth the journeys from St. Albans to Lewisham. You diagnosed the issues very easily from my description and it was an education to chat at your workbench. I would recommend your work to anyone.
All the best
Gibson ’75 J45
Just to say again thank you for such excellent service repairing my Gretsch. From the initial contact to collection, your service was first class.
It was a pleasure meeting you.
Very best wishes
Stephen Crabb MP
Thanks again for setting up the telecaster and making the new nut.The guitar sounds amazing and is so much easier to play. I haven’t been able to put it down all day.
Great job as always,
Just wanted to say thank you again for the extraordinary job you did on my mandolin: I really didn’t think it would be possible to achieve such good action and playability given the limitations of the original construction. Your efforts have proven absolutely transformative!
In 1973 I bought a Martin D28S in San Francisco.
Now the embarrassing bit: 43 years later I still hadn’t learnt to play it.
What happens to an old, even unplayed, guitar is that eventually it needs the neck resetting. I was lucky enough to find Graham. Apparently lots of professional guitarists go to him; but I, who refer to guitar parts as “the thin end” and “the big end”, was treated by Graham as a human-being.
Don’t be afraid to get this guy’s expert advice. His prices are fair… In fact, fantastic value for the excellent quality of his work.
This man is honest.
Cheers Graham from Patrick.
So I’ve had time to play the guitar properly now and I just wanted to say thank you!
Great job and it plays perfectly – it’s just right!!
Alex 50’s Gibson J50
Don’t know what you did to my Les Paul but you’ve transformed her into a real player! Absolutely superb I can see why people like these guitars now.
Many thanks, and hope you have a good weekend!
Just want to say that the guitar sounds and feels amazing! Better than it has ever done.
I’ve been playing for almost 4 hours straight.
I know who to call whenever my guitars needs a professional hand.
Thanks for the great work you’ve done.
Jonathan. Heritage 535
Just wanted to say thank you very much for an excellent service and a great job.
The J-45 with your new bridge has been un-puttadownable since I got it home, its strumming/ rhythm tone is exceptionally warm and resonant, thanks again,
James ’60s Gibson J45
Hi Graham. I just wanted to say thanks again for the wonderful job you’ve done in my guitar. It is dramatically improved!
Guy ’60s Guild M20
Thank you so much for fixing my bass!
I really should have spent more time with you testing out the extent of your work, probing the wood, strings and feel, but I appreciate that you must see hundreds of people pretending to ‘test’ their gear, when the reality is that they are simply trying to impress you with their ‘hot licks’ or whatever. Either way, and nerves aside, my bass plays better now than it ever has, and I’m thrilled!
Paul Fender Fretless P.bass
Another massive thank you for the work you did on the guitar.
Sounding awesome and playability is excellent.
All the best Sean ‘43 Martin 000-18
That’s great Graham, and thanks for doing such a top job on the guitar. I’ll certainly be using you again.
Nick Tucker ’50s Martin 00-17
Just a note to express my deep thanks for sorting out my Epiphone ES345.
You have done a wonderful job on making what I found an unplayable instrument into one of my favourites.
Thank you very much and I’ll be in touch soon enough re more work.
Hope you are keeping well.
Just wanted to say thank you for the work you carried out for me on my Gibson Acoustic SJ200.
I have had the guitar from new since 2010 and have been trying to find someone to make it the instrument it should have been, you have more than achieved that where others have failed.
You replaced the saddle and nut as I requested and carried out a full set up with a fret re-profile.
The guitar really plays and sounds as it should have now and the intonation is 100% accurate.
The bass notes are a joy to play.
One of my concerns that others could not rectify was the E string moving on the saddle, you have corrected that and increased the break angle.
I went from being very frustrated with the guitar and ready to carry out a Pete Townsend on it to never wanting to part with it !
Thanks again for all your hard work and advice.
Hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Steve (Gibson Acoustic SJ200)
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the awesome work you just completed on my guitar. It’s sounding wonderful….well especially when you played it!
All the best until next time…..
Sean Marsh (1955 Martin 00-17)
THANKS SO MUCH !!!
It sounds and plays lovely, I’m heading off for the tour tomorrow a very happy man.
Cheers and hope all is well with you
Ted Barnes (Birkett Acoustic)
Guitar is amazing, sounds better then ever, thanks. Alek
Alek Coroner (Les Paul)
Dear Graham, just played the old lady for an hour, she is in fantastic shape… Thanks a lot for brushing her up, I am very happy. See you soon P
Philip Goeth (1964 Hofner President)
I want to thank you for the excellent work you did on my 1965 Levin. The intonation, which had never been right, is now absolutely perfect. It also sounds and plays better than ever. I think it will be the first guitar I pick up from now on – even before my Martin 00028ec. Great job!
I ran into big difficulties trying to fit new pickups to my Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster. Graham took on the mess I had made and rewired the guitar and installed the pickups. He also set up the guitar involving truss rod adjustment, corrected intonation, resetting the action and got the tremelo to float perfectly. It has never played so beautifully. Graham’s work is of the highest standard and anybody seeking his help can have the confidence that their guitar is in very good hands. I think he offers great value for money.
Thanks for the great job you did on what was an old standby guitar that I hardly ever played. Its a different guitar now and a pleasure to play
Colin Fielding (Takamine)
All I think I need to say is that my Gibson 60s J50 has been in the hands of a true master craftsman.
Many many thanks for a truly great job I am unbelievably pleased with all you have done and the guitar feels and plays beautifully.
Just like to say thanks for the lovely job you made of my Larrivee. Been playing it this weekend and it feels and sounds great.
Many thanks Ray
Hi Graham, Ive been playing the guitar alot since I picked it up from you, and it is sounding and playing beautifully. Thank you.
Bob (Ovation Viper)
A quick note to thank you very much for the excellent work you did on my Tokai. It plays beautifully!
Just a quick note to thank you for the work you did on my 335 recently, the neck is now simply seamless all the way along and this means smoother solos and less strain which equals a great deal more playing pleasure and better music. Thanks again.
Just wanted to say thank you for the great setup on my les Paul. It feels easier to play, and sounds fantastic – chords in particular sound much cleaner now.
saulashby Saul Ashby
Thanks @gparkerluthier for making my Gibson play like the hot shit. Can’t put it down.
Gibson J 160E
A quick note to thank you for your excellent work on the Squier: it has transformed it from a decent but rather ordinary guitar to one that feels, plays and sounds very good indeed.
Thanks, too, for making us so welcome.
Just a note to thank you for the transformation you have made to my guitar. It’s improved in pretty much every way and plays like a dream and I’m sure will keep opening up even more as I’m playing it even more now; in fact it’s hard to put down!
A quick one to thank you for the work you did on my No.2 strat the other week. First class job as always.
Les has asked me to convey his gratitude for his bass set up – he’s very pleased and will be bringing you some other axes. (left hand ones of course)
Thank you once again for your high standard of work, hope all is well with you and yours,