Richmond area of Virginia, USA. I had an electronics guy and a luthier I worked with for decades. Long story short - they are no longer with us. So I had to begin the hunt for a luthier and an amp tech in the Richmond area that I could rely upon for service that also did not break the bank every time I needed something done. I had no idea it would take months of searches; phone calls; word of mouth; and finally a little luck to find a couple of guys I could put my confidence in. One of whom is a member of this forum. Now I know a lot of guys here do their own work, or are learning from members how to DIY. Not everyone does tho. I do some of my own guitar work (rewiring; refitting pots; tuners; etc.) but when it comes to fretwork, neck, or nut & bridge - I prefer a practiced hand (plus I'm a picky SOB); and I don't go inside amps anymore, except to swap tubes or speakers. I am hoping you will post the techs you have had good experiences with in your area for others who come here to see. There are plenty of random listings here, along with the residents that offer so much good info - but not collected in one thread (that I have found). So, if you have some local proven guys you go to - please post location and contact info. Here's mine for the Richmond, VA area: Luthier: Jerry Ray Contact: email@example.com Basic Info: Specializes in restoring rare vintage collectible guitars. Bone nuts from carefully chosen stock (no prefab). Fretwork as polished and perfect as any I've ever played or seen. Turn around time is as good or better than his competition... and for standard work, around 25% less expensive. Great guy, too - no attitudes there! Sometimes good deals on interesting equipment come through his shop as well (that's where my JCM 800 4104 came from). Amp Tech: American Viking (yes - one of our own!) Contact: Marshall Amp Forum - View Profile: American Viking Basic Info: Specializes in Marshall amps (but I expect with a schematic, he can handle others as well). Your amp won't disappear for 6 weeks or more like most the techs around town - in fact - if you're a player and the work is not too labor intensive, he will schedule a time for you to bring your amp in and get serviced on the spot (how sweet is that?)! He is also professional and friendly - plus he's happy to have you dime your amp and brutalize it before leaving... loud & proud (there's even a 4x12 cab right at his workbench). His bench charge is half of the best rate I could find here too. I would like to mention that Richmond is home to Lindy Fralin, if you need your favorite pups rewound or want some sweet hand-wound or custom pups for your guitar or bass. He usually will shave a bit off the price for local walk-in musicians (please call before dropping by). Welcome to Lindy Fralin Pickups: How to Order the Finest Guitar Pickups Available Today! Once you contact them, they will supply you with phone numbers and addresses. I prefer to not post that sort of info in open forums because of personal experience. I hope this will help out some other folks in my area. BTW, I have no affiliation with any of the above named techs, other than sheer appreciation for the work they do. Now who are your favorite techs? Cheers!