"I have a 1995 Gibson Studio. I sent Gary my guitar with only my T-Top pickups,
Alum. tail and Roller bridge + pickup switch. Gary installed my new SS frets, all
wiring is vintage, cap Vol. and Tone pots. When the guitar was done. He sent it back
to me. Plug guitar in the Amp. I can tell everyone this is the Best sound and playing
guitar I ever played. This man can be trusted and his work is GREAT.
PRO FUSION XL
"I am one of the happy customers of Mr. Gary Hudson.
I have an old Jackson electric guitar which had quite fret wear and
annoying fret buzz. When I brought my guitar and talked with him, I
soon recognized his passion and professionalism for his work. He did
the refret job with stainless frets and total adjustment of the instrument
for me. I am very satisfied with the quality of his work. He is so amazing!
The stainless frets that most of other luthiers don't like to work with
were installed beautifully and feel great. Refret and adjustment by
him also made my guitar more resonant and sound more constant over the
frets. Literally my guitar was re-born! Thank you so much Gary!!
Again thank you for your beautiful job! My re-born Jackson
is making me smile when I play!"
Fumitake Kametani, Ph.D.
National High Magnetic
Field Laboratory, Florida State University
Research areas of: Applied Superconductivity and Magnets & Materials
LES PAUL GOLD TOP
"My 1969 Les Paul was well overdue to have some work done but I had
always been hesitant about it until I met Gary. I looked over a couple
of his other re-fret and repair jobs and his meticulous workmanship and
careful attention to detail led me to believe that it was finally time
to have the old girl massaged back into shape. We talked over my needs
and expectations for the finished work and decided on stainless frets
among a fairly long list of incidentals such as going back to the original
Kluson tuners, filling in the fingerboard, etc... When I went to pick
her up, the first thing I noticed was the precision of the work. Then
we plugged her in and I fell in love with that guitar all over again!
Thanks Gary, for the job well done and the smile on my face every time
I pick her up and start to play."
the fretboard on a '69 Les Paul Deluxe before reconditioning.
You can see ruts of wear. The first three frets have already
been pulled, which also leaves unevenness on an old fretboard --
same fretboard reconditioned, new steel frets, new binding, and
new bone nut --
FENDER, IBNANEZ, & MARTIN
"It has taken me years to locate a craftsman who I trust totally
leaving my guitars with. Gary Hudson has so far worked on three of my
guitars and one of my daughter's. What I have gotten back has been
exceptional quality and professional work exceeding anything I have seen
in this area. Gary is well worth the trip to Tallahassee. If you are with
in three hundred miles of him there are two things you need to do. Come
his one of her performances and if you have a guitar that needs superb
care, renovations or set up, contact him. If you are not within
three hundred miles, do yourself a favor and move closer. You will need
him eventually. Gary's work is also endorsed by everyone here at Turtle
Pond Music who have benefited from his abilities, and that includes my
Turtle Pond Music
ROAD WORN STRAT
"I have a Road Worn Strat that needed some work. It had fret issues
that interfered with doing a string bend up one step on the high E. Having
repair work done twice lowered the action some and improved it but did
not solve the problem. I had Gary work on both problems with this guitar
and he gave it back to me with action lowered and the High E problem corrected,
and, at a fraction of the cost that covered previous repairs! He straightened
the neck and set the intonation and tremolo completely to my satisfaction.
My guitar now plays and feels beautifully, better than any Road Worn Strat
I have ever played!"
Mike Bailey Scots
On The Rock (band)
"Last year, Gary installed a Baggs I-Beam pickup system in my Takamine
G-10. It had no electric capability prior to this. Then he adjusted the
truss rod and replaced the plastic saddle with a bone saddle, and now
it sounds like a guitar costing much more, and I can plug it in! Gary
transformed my lowly Tak into something that can compete with his Taylor."
Casey Howell, DAC
, Charlotte, NC
"Gary Hudson did a fantastic job on recommending and installing a
new pickup on my Gibson
. At the time, I was playing
at Church and his improvements made a big difference in the way my guitar
sounded and it made it easier to get "plugged in" and the sound
correct. He was very fast and accurate. He also seems to have this
ability to connect with the guitar and know just what is needed to make
the improvements. Kind of reminds me of that car commercial where
the person kind of describes the sound and the repair guy knows exactly
what is needed. I would, without reservation recommend Gary's services
Fred Beckham, Tallahassee
"After meeting Gary at one of his gigs, he was kind enough to let
me perform a short set using his 414ce. The performance of his guitar
is awesome and compelled me to have him convert my 914ce. The modification
looks great and the audio results are immediately noticeable through my
PA. To use an auto analogy, I had a 911 and now I have a 911 Turbo!"
Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you that the work you did on my
Martin HD-28 was unbelievable, quick and very reasonably priced.
I brought it to you for just a fret job but you had additional ideas,
mostly to correct previous work. This was my third fret job and
replacing them with stainless was a fantastic idea and the bolder profile
made a nice difference in its playability. I was told by several
repair shops, Martin included, that this would change the sound of the
guitar and was not suggested, but I can't tell any dramatic difference
acoustically or plugged-in. The detailing of the ebony fret board,
smoothing the ruts, made the neck look and feel brand new again.
Changing the nut and saddle made a definite difference in the way the
guitar rings on single notes and chords making the use of the capo much
less noticeable both acoustically and plugged-in. Giving updates
on the work as it progresses gave me confidence that you were taking care
of the 'baby". Although, it was a bit stressful to see some
of the pics of it in the disassembled condition these all came together
as the finished success was displayed. You truly love and respect
the instruments you work on and being a musician yourself gives you an
advantage on how you approach these major repairs and upgrades. You'll
definitely get my future work!
COLLINGS MF-5 MANDOLIN
"Hello Gary...thank you for the re-fret job you did on my Collings mandolin.
the workmanship is excellent, as is the set up. I appreciated your visual
e-mail progress reports. I also appreciated your attention to detail-the
new bone nut you carved was beautifully done. And, I thank you for the
way you expedited matters in order to conform to my schedule. When another
one of my toys goes down I shall be calling on you."