Our World Class Repair Shop

McCabe's started as an instrument repair shop, and we've got a team of veteran technicians who know what they're doing. Bring your instrument in and see Doug (M-F, 10-6), Jody (M-Thu, 11-7), or Mike (Tue-Sat, 10-6 except Wed when he works 5-10pm) for a free consultation. You can also call us (310.828.4497) or send an e-mail with any repair questions you may have (but it's usually easier if you just bring it in). Restrings, new gears, pickup installation, troubleshooting - "No job too weird or too small" is what our motto would be, if we had a motto. No charge for estimates or advice.

Some of our repair shop offerings.

Restrings, Install Strap Button, Install Gears, Action Adjustment, Bridge, Neck Work, Structural Repairs and Finish Work, Pickups and Electric Stuff

Repair Specialists

Doug Whitney

Doug (aka the Encyclopedia Britannica behind the counter [see below]) specializes in adjustment and repair of many varieties of acoustic stringed things, including but not limited to guitars, mandolins, violins and resophonic instruments. Doug is also an accomplished banjo mechanic. He can remove a stuck mouthpiece from a brass instrument and would be delighted to oil the valves and grease the slides for you.

You can find Doug Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm.

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Jody Hill

Jody recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City, bringing with him (presumably in the trunk of his car) more than 15 years of hands on experience in guitar building and repair work.

Jody put seven years of elbow grease into the Gibson Custom Shop in Memphis, Tennessee before moving to New York City in 2008 where he worked as a guitar tech and repair person at the legendary Manny's Music on 48th street. He also did tours of duty at Sam Ash and D'Angelico Guitars. Jody brings a well rounded set of repair skills to McCabe's, from basic setups, finish repairs, and re-frets, to electronic modifications, and resets of acoustic bridges.

Come on down and welcome him to the West Coast. He's in the shop Monday through Thursday from 11am to 7pm.

Mike Hawelu

Mike is a McCabe’s fixture. In his nearly 30 years at our shop, he’s encountered just about every kind of repair you can think of -- from restoring a Civil War era Martin, to fishing out desiccated mice and rattlesnake rattles. So if your sound-hole is sounding stuffy, if your saddle has been slumping, if your heirloom needs exhuming, Mike is the luthier for you.

Woodworking is Mike’s favorite part of the job. He’s a sucker for anything that requires a combination of chisels, woods, glues and clamps. He specializes in ukuleles.

Come see Mike -- and his dog Quincy -- on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-6pm or on Wednesdays from 5-10pm.