Patt's Guitar Repair
Welcome to Patt's Guitar Repair, your local, family-owned guitar repair and restoration shop located in Culver City, CA.
At Patt's Guitar Repair, we offer a wide range of services, from general maintenance and modification of work-horse instruments for everyday players to full restorations of vintage and heritage guitars.
Our team values integrity and consideration in caring for your instruments, and we are committed to providing transparent communication and kind customer service.
We will gladly explain everything we see going on with your guitar during a consultation, so you are informed every step of the way.
Our goal is to be part of the solution to your guitar issues, no matter how big or small, routine or unique, so you can focus on what matters most - enjoy playing music!
With our expertise, experience, and commitment to customer satisfaction, let Patt's Guitar Repair be your partner for your guitar repair and restoration needs.
Paris Gulbro Patt
Owner // Principal Repair, Restoration, and Conservation
Paris, our founder and lead luthier, has been immersed in the world of music since a young age. He began his musical journey with piano lessons at the age of two and later studied classical music at the Colburn School of Music by the age of twelve. He then ventured into jazz, teaching himself electric and upright bass, as well as guitar, and has been exploring various genres of music for over three decades. As a young adult, Paris delved into composition, performing, and collaborating with different bands and recording artists.
Paris honed his repair and lutherie skills at the world-famous McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, where he started as an apprentice and worked his way up to journeyman. What initially attracted Paris to guitar repair was his perspective as a musician who wanted to maintain and understand his own instruments. However, he soon discovered a talent and passion for the craft. In addition to his guitar repair experience, Paris studied and apprenticed as a sculpture and objects conservator, working independently for private clients, museums, and fine art institutions, including LA City, Culver City, and the Marciano Art Foundation.
This unique combination of skills and experience in art conservation and traditional guitar repair informs Paris' philosophy and approach. He treats all objects and instruments with careful consideration, regardless of their value or provenance. From multi-million dollar museum collections to yard sale and flea market finds, Paris sees the worth in all instruments and approaches each repair or restoration project with a meticulous and researched methodology. His expertise and approach set him apart, providing clients with an experience that is hard to find not only in Los Angeles but throughout the United States.
At Patt's Guitar Repair, we invite you to join us on this musical journey, as we strive to provide the utmost care and attention to your cherished instruments. Let Paris' expertise and artistry breathe new life into your guitars, as we become part of their stories.
Owner // Repair and Restoration
Elizabeth pursued music at a young age but followed her love of art to a career in museums. Elizabeth has been working in the art field extensively, having worked for institutions such as LACMA, MOCA, and the Getty.
Her journey in the art field has been extensive, apprenticing in an art conservation studio where she honed her skills in scientific methodology and repair techniques for a wide range of materials including bronze, ferrous metals, celluloid, glass, ceramics, stone, wood, plastics, and painted and lacquered surfaces.
Elizabeth's expertise in art conservation seamlessly merges with her skills in lutherie, as she employs her knowledge to restore and repair guitars with meticulous care. Her specialization lies in physical repairs, tackling challenges such as cracks, broken headstocks, lacquer application, color matching finishes, bridge resets, neck resets, pickguard conservation and repainting, and other intricate surgeries.
Currently, Elizabeth is furthering her education and pursuing a Master's Degree in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria University. Her thesis focuses on Stringed Musical Instrument Collections and Care, showcasing her dedication to continuous learning and pushing the boundaries of her craft.
With Elizabeth's unique combination of art conservation and lutherie skills, you can trust that your cherished instruments are in capable hands at Patt's Guitar Repair. Experience the artistry and craftsmanship of Elizabeth's repairs as your instruments are lovingly restored to their former glory, ready to create beautiful music once again.
Nathanael "Lefty" Maynard
Apprentice Guitar Technician
Lefty, a talented fine artist, painter, and musician hailing from Upstate New York near the majestic Catskill Mountains, joined the team at Patt's Guitar Repair in the Fall of 2022. Under the skilled mentorship of Paris, he is currently undergoing an apprenticeship, honing his skills in the art and craft of guitar repair and restoration.
With a keen eye for detail and a passion for craftsmanship, Lefty is eager to learn the intricacies of guitar maintenance, repair, and restoration from the ground up. From basic maintenance tasks to intricate fretwork and beyond, Lefty is dedicated to mastering the diverse range of skills required in the field of guitar repair.
Lefty's background as a fine artist and painter brings a unique perspective to his work at Patt's Guitar Repair. His keen sense of aesthetics and artistic sensibilities infuse his approach to guitar repair with creativity and attention to detail. His musical background also provides him with a deep understanding of the importance of instruments to musicians, further fueling his passion for the craft. Whether it's chatting about Lace Sensor pickups, the salient characteristics of a partscaster, or how cool your guitar is, Lefty will be there with an open mind and a welcome conversation.
When you visit Patt's Guitar Repair, you can expect to meet Lefty on Thursdays and Saturdays during instrument drop-off and pickup times. His warm personality, artistic talents, and dedication to the craft of guitar repair make him a valuable asset to the team and a trusted partner in helping you keep your instruments in top playing condition.