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The Guitar Specialist is a full service guitar repair and restoration facility located in Bedford Hills, New York.

The term guitar repair would be an inaccurate euphemism for what we do. Basically if it's got frets, we work on it.

Our facility can take care of all of your instrument needs, whether you play acoustic or electric guitar, bass, lute, banjo, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, cittern, balalaika - well you get the idea.

We are widely regarded as the best guitar repair and restoration center in the New York Tri-State area and the country.


Some clients testimonies....

"Doug - Keep them playing the way you do - Great Work. Doug Proper - The Guitar Specialist - is definitely the one guy to see about your guitar work. He makes them play just the way I like. Great Work!"- John Abercrombie


"Doug - Thanks For All The Great Work. Doug has worked on every one of my guitars, from a one of a kind D'Angelico Electric, to my traveling Cort Joe Beck Models; from a Martin Acoustic to a rare Esteso Classical. They all sound great and the workmanship is second to no one!"- Joe Beck


"Doug and Sharon - Thanks! Doug Proper does excellent work. He worked on my guitars and it's playing great ! I Highly recommend The Guitar Specialist !" - John Scofield




We are proud members of The Guild of American Luthiers and The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans.

We currently are or have been an authorized guitar repair and service center for most manufacturers including: Gibson Musical Instruments, Fender Musical Instruments, Taylor Guitars, Guild Guitars,C.F. Martin, Gretsch Guitars,, American Archtop, Jackson/Charvel, Santa Cruz Guitar Company, Epiphone, Ovation, Takamine, Hamer Guitars, Tacoma Guitars.



If you're interested in having your instrument play better than you ever thought it could, we encourage you to find out more about us.

Many musicians consider us not only the best place to have their instruments maintained, but the only shop they trust with their instruments.


Artists like Joe Beck, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Paul Simon, Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash), Chris Brubeck and Tim Burris, among others bring all of their instruments only to The Guitar Specialist.



Types of work we routinely handle at our shop :

  • Set Up Work & Misc.
  • Saddle Work
  • Nut Work
  • Bridge Work
  • Fingerboard & Frets
  • Electronics
  • Structural Repairs


Notable clients

  • KEVIN BRIODY and many many more !!!


If you have any questions about a particular problem you're having do not hesitate to contact us through the contact form on this page, we will be happy to help !


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