Testimonials
 
 
 
 
"Integrity. Passion. Luthier Extraordinaire. Stuart is a Pittsburgh gem. With a very cool little shop newly opened in a very cool little neighborhood in south Pittsburgh, Stuart provides a level of mastery our town sorely needs. And while he's pushing the boundaries of luthiery in both aesthetics and form, he lends repair work that extends his craft to just about any instrument. His guitars are an art of brilliant tonality -- they are both unique and inspired, and you owe it to yourself to experience them first-hand. But the best part of Stuart is the way he lets you in, and listens, and has such enthusiasm for what he sees and hears on the basis of an experienced pedigree that includes the elite builders of this golden age of luthiery. It's intoxicating. And refreshing. If you need something fixed, or setup, or you're just curious -- go see him. And if you want something that truly honors, commission a guitar. I hope to one day. But in the meantime, there is nowhere else I'll go to have my guitars tweaked, honed and fixed. A very, very exciting resource and a guitarist's gentleman to engage, highly recommended." - Patrick (Guitar Repair)
 
 
 
 
"After spending several months researching the different archtop guitars on the market, the pros and cons of name brands vs. artisan luthiers, the vast price ranges in both, I made the decision to find a younger luthier who had an impressive background and training, and give him the opportunity to build me my dream guitar. Stuart's name came up on a few social media sites, so I found his web address and checked it out. After reading about his background, his apprenticeship under Tom Ribbecke, and his philosophy for is own company going forward, I emailed an inquiry for two of his archtop models. His prompt response and detailed description of the differences in the two models I had inquired on, made it clear to me that A; he was the right guy to build my guitar, and B; his Church archtop was the right model.
 
After exchanging a few emails on the details of what I wanted, including the different options, the only other thing I requested was that it be a "natural" finished guitar. In every correspondence we exchanged, his professionalism as a knowledgeable luthier and his sincere appreciation for the opportunity to do this build, made me feel at ease even though we never met in person and were on opposite sides of the country.
 
Once the build started, I was able to follow it's progress through posts on Instagram. The raw materials selected for the build were extraordinary, and the craftsmanship in every component of the guitar is incredible. His passion for building instruments is apparent by how he incorporates his own special ideas into the build, making each one unique. I was fortunate to be able to take delivery of my guitar and meet Stuart in person. The finished product is an amazing instrument. Aesthetically beautiful, with a rich acoustic voice, great intonation, and perfectly balanced with an outstanding playability and feel. I would highly recommend to anyone who is in the market to have a "dream" instrument built for them, to consider Stuart Day. He's a great guy, and a gifted luthier." - Mike (Guitar Build)
 
"I first met Stuart Day when he came to work at my friend Tom Rebbecke’s shop in Healdsburg, California. Tom’s shop being a favorite stop on my way home from work, I had the good fortune to watch Stuart grow from the new kid in the shop, who got to do the jobs nobody else wanted, to shop foreman. Every job was done with the same care and enthusiasm, no matter how small, or how large, it was most impressive to say the least. After Stuart had reached foreman status I approached Tom about having Stuart build a guitar for me, with Tom’s approval, I approached Stuart about building a 12 string acoustic. Then I gave him the wood that I wanted the guitar built out of, an old set of Brazilian Rosewood which I had purchased a long time ago in hopes of building my own guitar. The one thing I have learned from hanging around luithers, is that I don’t possess the patience to build a guitar.
I gave Stuart a lot of room to do what he wanted to do, and I am very pleased that I did. The instrument he delivered to me is spectacular, the attention to detail is incredible, the sound amazing.
Not long after Stuart left California, I was working with one of my customers, Vince Strauss of Pacific Coast Woods. It was at Vince’s shop where I was introduced to Tiger Myrtle. When I saw the Tiger Myrtle, I knew I needed one more guitar for my collection. The one guitar I was missing was a telecaster, and who better to build it? Stuart Day. I contacted Stuart and ran the idea passed him, he was up for it. I worked out a deal with Vince and the wood was on its way to Pittsburgh. Once again, Stuart did not disappoint, it is an amazing instrument.
I am very pleased and impressed with the work Stuart has done for me, I would not hesitate to recommend him."- Robert Buzz Jackson
 
 
"I will always fondly remember the great 5 years Stuart Day was second in command in my shop. Not only is he gifted visually and multi dimensional in his vision and execution of Luthiery, and very natural in this theatre, with an early background in painting and other disciplines of art, He also is an individual of the highest integrity, and was a genuine pleasure to work with. I thoroughly enjoyed The "Stuart Day" era in my private shop, I was blessed to have his creative focus and intellect and have genuinely missed having his quiet focused companionship here in the shop, I think he will have a brilliant and long lasting career. I expect great things from Stuart, and am sure he will not disappoint! " - Tom Ribbecke
 
"I have the good fortune to have several guitars, which means I have the bad fortune of having guitars in need of attention. I first met Stuart in Tom Ribbecke’s Healdsburg, CA. I learned he was a fellow Pittsburgher, but more importantly, I found out that he intended to return to Pittsburgh. As soon as he relocated, I took advantage of his skills. He has repaired finish flaws, corrected electrical problems, replaced a poorly intonated, improperly positioned tune-o-matic with a perfectly intonated carved ebony bridge and performed a tour-de-force truss rod transplant in a Lace Helix twisted neck guitar. His approach to instrument problems is thoughtful, prices have been reasonable and his craftsmanship of the highest order." - Mike (Guitar Repair)
 
 
If you’d like to drop schedule a repair drop off or consultation please call to make an appointment, or fill out the repair form
 
 
 
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