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Anything concerning building, tuning, theory of construction. Specialist in finishing (40 years' experience); extensive knowledge of Rickenbacker instruments of all vintages. Rickenbacker factory connection on personal level; ONLY licensed Rickenbacker luthier in the world.

Experience in the area

Extensive. I build and restore electric and acoustic guitars (steel string and nylon classicals). I build all of Rickenbacker's acoustic instruments in my own shops in San Francisco and Healdsburg, CA. I write two online columns with a total of over 15,000 posts since January, 2005. Google my name or my screen name, "jingle_jangle".


American Guild of Luthiers.


Mostly automotive and hobby (in the past).


Manage the University Department workshops(Industrial Design) in SF, also have taught and written design and fabrication classes for almost a decade. Have produced online classes, written curricula, syllabi, etc. Run an online forum for my students (500 in number).

Awards and Honors

Awards won for product, vehicle, and preschool toy design in the past.

Past/Present Clients

Rickenbacker International Corporation, Waterstone Guitars LLC, many Fortune 500 companies before I worked in guitars (I ran a design studio for 22 years). I have hundreds of individual--private party--customers.

What do you like about this subject?

It allows me to use virtually everything I have learned in my 40-year career in design and fabrication, from the physical and aesthetic design of beautiful musical instruments, to the challenge of constructing new projects in order to see results and "push the envelope".

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Learn new technologies as they arrive, and continue to refine my skills and tax my patience.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

It's easier than you might think, but a lot harder than it looks, at first glance!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

A great looking guitar may not be the best-sounding guitar, and vice-versa. The challenge is in accommodating both utility and aesthetics in the same instrument. A good deal of this is the luck of the draw with regard to the specific pieces of wood chosen and the way they're put together.

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Recent Answers from paul wilczynski

2016-02-20 4001 ric truss rod repair:

Hi, Mike:    1. Using a hack saw with a metal blade (24-32 TPI), cut off the threaded portion of the rod. You must also shorten the unthreaded portion by cutting off the same length. Grind the shorter

2015-10-29 Johnson JM 991 Neck Repair:

Hi, Kerry!    Yes, this is a repair that can be accomplished by a patient pro with the proper equipment and materials.     Yes, I do this sort of repair. If you'd like to contact me off-list, send some

2015-07-21 Oily hands:

You have won my award for the most esoteric question asked in the last few years!    Here's my take on it:    Since the magnesium can pass from outside the body to be absorbed through the skin barrier

2015-06-25 cracked SG guitar body.:

Great! Now you have two professional opinions!    I tend to think of things in an adult way; it's obvious from your answer that you're younger than I thought (early teens?) as you do have more time on

2015-06-22 cracked SG guitar body.:

Philip, do you want to play this guitar or spend far beyond its value and the value of your time repairing it?    If your plan is to learn a bit of guitar repair, and it's dirt cheap, go for it.    Otherwise


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