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Elevating the Art of Guitar Repair and Design for the last 4 1/2 decades.


Does your guitar always seems to be out of tune ?
Does it seem to be too hard to play ?

Text For Repairs and Setups : ( 519 275 1008 )

Precision work / Fast turn-around / Best price \m/ !

StringTech / TechDeck Workstations

 @ Tour Supply 
https://youtu.be/iypBPT4veSM



We are humbled and honoured to have
 both Thomas Nordegg and Sid Pryce !!
"step up to the plate"
and embrace the TechDeck Workstation.


Hi Michael !

"I can tell you that, for the past 2 weeks, and in particular the past 4 days, my passion for the TD has grown, exponentially, by the hour !

TECHDECK is truly brilliant in so many ways and a priceless tool for any guitar person, expert or novice !

I've actually used that 'foam' method for years, and always have custom angled blocks done by my local road case guy, that always last for quite a while, before I replace them with new ones...
This way I can quickly find  and return my tools in an instant, and at 71 years of age, every second matters, haha...

As mentioned, I just worked on 12 guits, basses from the Hollywood School Of Rock, that needed TLC, to be up and running properly..."

Forever thankful,
Kindest regards,

Thomas    N o r d e g g



Video
TechDeck Tips / Components



Thomas Nordegg

- Steve Vai's main Tech for decades
- Tech'd for Yngie Malmsteem
_ Tech'd for Jimmy Page

Neck Surgery Kit

Thank you for 23 years of support and encouragement !


Jackson Guitar
CGCFAD Tuning



Video: TechDeck Tips / Components

https://youtu.be/ufZyR-crOPI


After 23 years of teaching ...
Guitar Repair and Design Courses,
it has become clear, 
without exception, that
the students who purchased
TechDeck workstations,
are the ones who have 
succeeded and endured 
in the trade ... opening 
up music stores, working for 
music stores, starting up their 
own guitar shops, either building
or repairing guitars,
( in many instances both )
 or picked up 
gigs as touring Techs. 

Taylor Guitar Neck Re-set Video:
https://youtu.be/uIG0254cg4Q


Thanks goes out to the 300 + students 
who came to study with me
 over this past couple of decades.
Wishing joy and prosperity to All.


Thanks also goes out to the100's of
 TechDeck Workstation customers,
 from around the World.

We are very excited to be rolling out 
the new Family of Workstations
over the next few months. 

We look forward to meeting many of you 
on our travels as we hit the road this coming year.

Be sure to check the blog and the 
StringTech Workstations YouTube channel
... we'll keep you in the loop ...
as the story continues to unfold.

No-nonsense Guitar Fret Dress Video: 

https://youtu.be/JMvzBajvD4g


 
Steve Vai's Guitar Tech 

https://youtu.be/Vt2d4wYfhLE






The guitar family extrapolates in many directions ...

12 string / Arch top / solid body /
fretted and fretless basses / nylon string classicals
Strats / Tele / Les Paul / etc... etc ...

This opportunity, for the students to examine 
and adjust so many different types of guitars, 
and to observe the idiosyncrasies and "rules of physics"
for each member of the guitar family;
this is what has made these courses so enduring.

Restoring, repairing, building, teaching and playing guitar
has been my journey, this past 45 years.

Every year we continue to "raise the bar",
in a constant quest for new and better ways to
 Elevate the the Art of Guitar Repair and Design.


It has always been my mission, to enlighten and inspire 
all of those who have taken the time to attend
 the Conestoga College courses,
and to those from the Global community
who continue to peruse my musings
observations and instructions
here on the McConville Guitars Blog,
and now through the

StringTech Workstations YouTube Channel !



My heartfelt thanks goes out to all,
 for years of support and encouragement.












Dear Michael,
You have been delivering this training through Continuing Education at Conestoga College for over 15 years ( actually 23 years ! ) now.  The quality of your courses and the feedback from your students is nothing but exceptional.  Your passion is contagious.  Your students respect your knowledge and you inspire them to further develop their skills and allow them the opportunity to apply what they have learned.  Conestoga College is proud to have you as a Professor.  You are expert in your field, reliable, punctual and a pleasure to work with!

Sincerely,

Sandra Schelling
Dean, Continuing Education and Corporate Training
Conestoga College
( October 2010 )




Back in the mid 1960's, when I first got into the guitar repair scene, there wasn't much to choose from as far as supplies, information and tools. The only places I could find at that time were Franz Dotzauer in Erlangen West Germany and Bill Lewis Musical in Vancouver ( which was eventually bought out and moved to California and re-named Luthiers Mercantile ). 

When the early Guild of American Luthiers issues came out (1972 ) , things finally started to open up. Now of course, thanks to the internet, there are numerous sources to choose from for tools, wood, bodies, necks, hardware, fret supplies, finishing supplies and instructional videos on various repair and fabrication techniques. Realistically, like any trade or craft, it still takes hands-on experience to develop these skills to a level of excellance.


Like any other trade or craft, 
it is not enough to be good ....
 you need to be good and efficient 
in order to turn over the work 
in a timely fashion.   


 These old shots ( before the advent of digital cameras ) taken at my Brunswick St. shop, will give you all a glimpse into a time ( 23 years ago ) where I had just started to teach my first Conestoga College "Guitar Repair and Design" courses and had retro-fitted an old chair-factory into a fully functional Guitar Design / Restoration and Teaching facility .



I am very grateful for this period. 
All of this became possible due to the help, 
faith and encouragement of countless customers,
 students and  friends who shared 
the vision and contributed in so many ways.








Gratefully servicing the guitar industry for 45+ years.  

Thanks goes out to all who have contacted me over the years, 
with encouraging words and suggestions.

"Elevating the Art of Guitar Repair and Design",
continues to be my mission.


Sincerely,

              Michael McConville

Sir Paul McCartney's Guitar Tech Sid Pryce

Sid Pryce 




-Paul McCartney's Tech ( since the Beatles !! )
-Tech'd for David Gilmour 
-Tech'd for ACDC
.... and countless others








I am still humbled, grateful and genuinely excited, Every time 

a new customer receives their TechDeck.

Over and over again I witness the type of excitement they feel,

within the first few hours of using this workstation.  


Wishing continued prosperity to all. 


Michael McConville

Butterscotch Tele ... mmmm




Video


Fret dress comp nut / retro fit bridge saddles




Retro fitted 3-way saddles for perfect intonation


Thomas Nordegg's "Executive" TechDeck ... ready for the Steve Via Generation AXE tour.

Thomas Nordegg sent this short video clip,
from his California Workshop, of his 
"Full Metal Jacket" TechDeck "Elite" 
Locked and loaded for Steve Vai's 
Generation AXE Tour ....
with Yngwie Malsteem / Zak Wylde 
Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi









Dimitri  re-glued the loose headstock overlay
on this bouzouki.
He finished up the partial refret 
at home on his TechDeck. 



Eric has done a complete refret 
on his Eric Johnson Strat.
In this shot, he was just removing the nut 
in preparation for his comp-nut
next class.

 He did all of the 
final prep for next week's class,
at home on his TechDeck.





Dereck levelled crowned and polished 
the frets and setup this guitar.



Jesse dressed levelled and polished
his frets / removed the nut and prepared the
compensated nut blank for next class.

He finished it up at home, on his TechDeck.





Steve removed all of the frets on his guitar and
 prepared all of the new frets for installation
 at home, on his TechDeck.




Jay steamed the dovetailed neck joint off his 
guitar, to reset the neck angle.
He also fitted the nut blank for a 12-string compensated nut.



Thomas Nordegg's " Full Metal Jacket" TechDeck "Elite" ... ready for the "Generation Axe" Tour !!

Thomas Nordegg 

A lifetime dedicated to “Stoking the Fires” behind the scenes, 
for the World’s most Scorching Hot Guitarists !



 Thomas's "Full Metal Jacket "
version of the TechDeck "Elite"
 .... locked and loaded.








"I’m in the middle of prepping for my upcoming 
(April) Asia run with Vai’s GENAXE Tour,
 but will keep continuously hot-rodding my TECHDECK,
 as it’s already taking over my daily most favorite passion,
 to just open it and set it up for having the best time,
 to dive into the deepest corners of any stringed instrument, 
or having actually a real good time, just changing strings ! "




"Wait till you see what I’ve done so far with TECHDECK,
 rendering a ‘FORMULA ONE' version of certainly
 the ultimate solution for anybody that is serious
 or just really passionate about the guitar !"

" I managed to get loads of tools,
of course ever changing, 
by strategically employing FOUR Magnet Bars,
 offering plenty real estate
for handy tool parking / access ! "


Can’t wait to have it on a Tour ! !



Kindest regards,

Thomas Nordegg


Guitar Tech's Thomas Nordegg and Sid Pryce .... and their TechDeck "Elite" Workstations


 @ Tour Supply 
https://youtu.be/iypBPT4veSM



We are humbled and honoured to have
 both Thomas Nordegg and Sid Pryce !!
"step up to the plate"
and embrace the TechDeck Workstation.


Hi Michael !

"I can tell you that, for the past 2 weeks, and in particular the past 4 days, my passion for the TD has grown, exponentially, by the hour !

TECHDECK is truly brilliant in so many ways and a priceless tool for any guitar person, expert or novice !

I've actually used that 'foam' method for years, and always have custom angled blocks done by my local road case guy, that always last for quite a while, before I replace them with new ones...
This way I can quickly find  and return my tools in an instant, and at 71 years of age, every second matters, haha...

As mentioned, I just worked on 12 guits, basses from the Hollywood School Of Rock, that needed TLC, to be up and running properly..."

Forever thankful,
Kindest regards,

Thomas    N o r d e g g



Video
TechDeck Tips / Components



Thomas Nordegg

- Steve Vai's main Tech for decades
- Tech'd for Yngie Malmsteem
_ Tech'd for Jimmy Page






This was never about price,

 or any type of an "ego-driven" objective.

It was a simple, straight forward mission:

To create the safest 

and most versatile workstation possible. 


Guitar Repair and Design



The TechDeck's design, 
function and versatility, 
has eliminated the 
 the need for vices, dial callipers  
arbour presses, vice grips,   
or computer controlled
 fret dressing machines,
when working on guitars.
All of your fret-work needs 
are now met,
 in one multi-adjustable package.
Fret work and fret dressing 
 just got a whole lot easier. 



Thomas Nordegg 

A lifetime dedicated to “Stoking the Fires” behind the scenes, 
for the World’s most Scorching Hot Guitarists !



 Thomas's "Full Metal Jacket "
version of the TechDeck "Elite"
 .... locked and loaded.







"I’m in the middle of prepping for my upcoming 
(April) Asia run with Vai’s GENAXE Tour,
 but will keep continuously hot-rodding my TECHDECK,
 as it’s already taking over my daily most favorite passion,
 to just open it and set it up for having the best time,
 to dive into the deepest corners of any stringed instrument, 
or having actually a real good time, just changing strings ! "




"Wait till you see what I’ve done so far with TECHDECK,
 rendering a ‘FORMULA ONE' version of certainly
 the ultimate solution for anybody that is serious
 or just really passionate about the guitar !"

" I managed to get loads of tools,
of course ever changing, 
by strategically employing FOUR Magnet Bars,
 offering plenty real estate
for handy tool parking / access ! "


"Can’t wait to have it on a Tour ! !"



Kindest regards,

Thomas Nordegg

"I've stood back and smiled, and shook my head,
  as the industry has gone around and around,
chasing it's tail over the last decade ...
trying to find a solution ... spending scads of cash;
while I calmly show total beginners how
 to do flawless fretwork on the TechDeck, 
after an hour of training". MMcC




I use 6 / 8 TechDecks
 for my College Classes, 
and use 2 daily,  
in my home workshop.



Hello Michael,
Long time, no chat. I hope all goes well in beautiful Stratford.
I have been using my TechDeck regularly since I got it from you. I know you've heard this before, but I really don't know how I got along without it. It just makes everything so much easier.

Best regards from Ottawa. ( May 2015 )
Murray
( Murray Jackson ....  bought his TechDeck in November 2011 )


Thanks for a great product and exemplary service!
R.L. Burns Las Vegas Nevada ( May 2015 )

See the link below for a few examples
 of what you might use this workstation for ....

( click link and  wait 8 seconds for it to load ...... ) 

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The new ability to be able to handle all of the 
numerous shapes and sizes of instruments ...
( Flying -V shape / Upright Bass / Mandolin / Round Back / Arch-Top )
holding them firmly and safely
in the most advantageous position, for 
all of the various tasks and procedures,
switching from instrument to instrument in seconds;
 this is a very liberating feeling !



With the help of the in-class TechDecks,
my Level 1 students, by their second class, 
are routinely doing fret dresses
 / levelling / re-crowning and polishing .... 




A customer's comment after he picked up his Strat, 
from my shop, this week.
Over the last couple of years my enjoyment of playing the Strat 
has been slowly declining without realizing
 that the instrument needed quality work. 
However, after playing it more today I got back those 
old feelings of satisfaction and contentment.
 Sooo satisfying. To my ear it even has a richer more complex tone.
 Excellent work!
Thank you, thank you and oh yeah thank you,
Brian Hadley


BTW: The students and myself constantly correct jobs 
that were done using other methods ..... including 
jobs that employed the use of $100, 000  ++ CNC machines 
and multi-post dial callipers arrangements ;^ ) 





 The TechDecks that we use in GRAD classes allow us to
 "cut-to-the-chase" 
and execute these jobs flawlessly, with some very simple, 
inexpensive tools that I make up for the students to
take home with them after the courses are completed.

I routinely make up a selection of 6 sets,
 of 3 sanding blocks each, for my entire 
Level 2 class, and hand them all out 
to my 6 students, for free .
With those free sanding blocks, 
in combination with the TechDeck Workstation;
I demonstrate to the Level 2 students 
how to do a perfect radius or compound radius 
for any guitar on the planet in a few minutes.
 Dollar - for - dollar, 
the TechDeck is the best investment
you'll ever make. 
The TechDeckers from Denmark to Australia, 
Italy to the UK, New York to Toronto, 
LA, BC, Nova Scotia, Calgary, Nfld,
Atlanta Georgia, Ohio, Oregon  etc..   etc..    
they are all easily
" turning over the price of their workstations" 
every month ; while increasing
 the capabilities of their shop,
 and raising the 
profile of their businesses.
Every time a customers see's 
you strap down their guitar 
on the leather padded multi-adjustable TechDeck; 
the word spreads, and your business grows ;^ ) !

When it comes to any type of fret work, 
 fingerboard levelling or  radiusing,
the TechDeck Workstation gives you
serious ROI, in short order !
The fret work,
 fingerboard radiusing  and levelling,
are just a couple of examples
 of the endless list of jobs,
 that the TechDeck turns into 
routine daily work.
Jeff Hayward ( Level 2 student )
just sent this message after trying out his "free" blocks
 at home ... ( Dec 12th 2013 )
Hi Mike,

I'm just finishing the neck to body levelling 
on the harmony fingerboard (the 3 blocks you made rock!)
what would you suggest to finish? Do I scrape, 
800 grit or just leave it? I'll be doing the fret work
tonight and tomorrow to hopefully have her ready by Saturday.

BTW the harmony has a compound radius 9.5 at the head to 12 
at the body. (again, the small blocks rock!)

Cheers,
Jeff Hayward

OK Jeff,
Do not scrape !! ... it will only leave chatter marks
 on the fingerboard and mess up that nice compound radius.
You can finish up with 120 / 240 / 320 grit sandpaper.
See you on Saturday :^ ) ! 
BTW: Jeff bought a TechDeck too ;^ )

TechDeck Order / Purchasing
Sales: 519 796 0332 
info@techdeckworkstations.com
The following accessories are available for all TechDecks:

Mini Neck Assembly $87.50

Extra V-Block $17. 50 
Bridge Slotting Jig $187. 50 

Neck Surgery Kit $315.00 


For International Customers: 
Shipping the BSJ in the TechDeck carton,
can amount to quite a significant 
savings in shipping costs.