Kevin Catalano : The Tube Doctor
If you are looking for someone to repair, modify your guitar or amp, read on for more information, price list, and contact numbers:-
Who is The Tube Doctor?
I got my first guitar when I was 9 years old. It was a huge (for my small hands) acoustic dreadnought that my Grandfather bought for me as a get-well gift. Having a cast on both legs for that summer limited my mobility, but the upper half was thankfully unaffected. This assembly of wood, metal, wire and plastic brought me a lot of solace that summer, but when I used it as a club against the back of my eldest brother, the resulting cracking and splintering meant that my musical education was going to take a different direction than what Grandfather had intended.
Electric guitars are astonishingly complex, for being
such outwardly simple machines. Just six strings, a neck and a body, right?
Six strings of finely drawn metal, some of which have an additional layer
of wire wound tightly down their entire length. Tolerance that is precise
to 0.0001". And these precisely-sized wires have to remain in place,
from 0.04" above the first fret, to 0.0625" above the body fret.
Some like it higher, some like it lower. Oh, and they have to play cleanly,
without rattling or buzzing against the 22 or so precisely ground fretwires.
Simple bits of nickel/copper alloy, that range in height from 0.032"
to 0.055", mounted in slots that are cut according to a simple, mathematical
calculation that allows for less than 0.05% of deviation. A multitude
of really tiny details, which can mean the difference between good and
I've served as a machinist's apprentice, studied solid-state electronics in university, worked as a design engineer for a loudspeaker manufacturer and have designed and built my own vacuum tube amplifiers. When our house needed rennovations, my Father showed us how to build it. When furniture needed to be built or repaired, the only shopping we did was for the right kinds of wood and tools.
Trust the Tube Doctor. My reputation is your guarantee.
Here are my contact numbers and e-mail address :-
(Sorry, folks, just cannot get the e-mail address to link directly to the e-mail. You have to type in the address by hand. Can someone help? Tommy)
Price list for some of the jobs I undertake
Level and Recrown Frets- $1000
$2000 Bound neck, oiled fingerboard.
$2400 Bound neck, retain plastic fret ends (Les Paul et al)
$2800 Maple neck, bound or plain. (includes fingerboard refinish)
$3200 Scalloped neck. (maple, or raw finish)
$300 Replace single frets. (minimum charge)
Action set to your specification.
Except for partial refrets, all work in this section includes setup.
$700 Custom wiring and switching options.
These are some of the more usual jobs I undeartake. If you have any specific requirements, please contact me to discuss your needs.
$ 30 Each additional meter.
Custom Builds $7000 Minimum Charge. Bolt on neck. Tele-style guitar.