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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/ !


Serving Stratford and Southwestern Ontario
for 27 years.

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

 @ Tour Supply 
( link below )

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

Hi Sir 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 !
It's rivaling with my most prized possession, my SUZUKI BURGMAN'650 Executive scooter, that makes me the fastest man in LA traffic, allowing me to be ON TIME, anywhere within greater metro LA, Hell or High Water...

Again, thank you so much for all your expert support, watched the video clips and am learning a lot !
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

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. 

Sid Pryce 

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

I need to express my sincere gratitude, to all of the students and customers,

who put their trust and faith in us and they laid their hard earned money down. 

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. 


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. 

I use 6 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 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 ...... ) 


The consistent positive sentiment and comments that we receive
 from all of the TechDeck owners, within hours of using 
this workstation for the first time; 
clearly reflects, the sense of empowerment,
 independence, relief, and sense of freedom they experience.
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 ;^ ) 

In the Level 2 GRAD classes we "cut-to-the-chase" 
and execute this job 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!)

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

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 $265.00 

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

TechDeck Workstations Winter NAMM 2017

When it comes to working on guitars ……..

“ Any Job you can imagine, just got a whole lot easier ”

Fret work ....... free from ...

 vices /  clamps /  arbour presses /  computer controlled fret dressing machines /  dial caliper posts 

The Level 1 GRAD students are easily 
levelling re-crowning and replacing frets 
with a minimum of fuss, and super accuracy.

Winter NAMM 2017 California

Jimmy, from Vintage Guitar Magazine, stopped 
by and filmed a wee clip for their Facebook page.
Thanks Guys ! We appreciate your support and encouragement.

The Steve Vai "Passion and Warfare" 
guys Thomas / Jaret / Philip /
all showed up to say hi !!

 Thomas Nordegg showed up to pick up his  "TechDeck Elite " in a custom flight case ;^ ) 

Jaret also stopped to say hello 
 (Jaret was also on tour with the 2016 Passion and Warfare Tour)

Philip Bynoe ( awesome Bass Man ) was laying down the bottom line 
for Steve Via, on the 2016 "Passion and Warfare "tour.

This past 10 years, has seen the development of the TechDeck Workstation. This workstation has gradually spread it's reach around the globe; establishing itself as the "Definitive Guitar Workstation" for many Pro Guitar Tech's, Music stores , Guitar Builders, Guitar Enthusiasts and School Music Departments. 


Peerless in form and function; the TechDeck continues to revolutionize the possibilities for stringed instrument repair and construction; offering intuitive engineering and sequential indexing ( 8000 + combinations of platform support ) in a single-handed-adjustment format. 

The Level 1 students are easily levelling re-crowning 
and replacing frets with a minimum of fuss, and super accuracy.

Current Guitar Repair and Design Class Jan 2017

The Conestoga College Guitar Repair and Design Courses, have proven to be the ultimate test of the TechDeck's multi-adjustable adaptability and ease of use. The average student ( keep in mind that, in many cases; these are total beginners ), easily completes between $450.00 - $550.00 worth of repairs during their first 18 hours of class time .... while they are learning ! Pro Guitar Techs, will generally flip the entire purchase price of the TechDeck, within the first few days of use.
The Design and Engineering work that has gone into the fabrication of these tools, dedicated jigs, and fixtures; has all been done to help lighten the load, and streamline the process, while lowering the risk, for all who pursue the Art of Guitar Maintenance,  Stringed Instrument Restoration and Fabrication. 

I remain thankful, for the faith and encouragement of my students, customers from Australia / Denmark / Ireland / Italy / UK / New Zealand / Isle of Malta / France / Israel / USA / Canada
and all who have walked this path with me; as we collectively, continue to
 “ Elevate the Art of Guitar Repair and Design "

1930's Martin Guitar Restoration
 ... play by play.

Steve Vai / Thomas Nordegg / and Acoustic Guitar Build Class + Guitar Neck Surgery

 Michael McConville Thomas Nordegg

Winter NAMM 2017 
January 19th - 22nd 
Booth # 1009 

Thomas is aslo Yngwie Malmsteen's Tech,
has Tech'd for Jimmy Page and countless others.

I cut the second dado in the Gibson SG
at the beginning of the acoustic guitar build class today
and installed the second spline

All hands were on deck for the
 acoustic guitar build class tonight

Michael Wilson has 2 guitars on the go ... !

Michael "quenching the soundboard "
sanding, flexing and tapping.

Steve Faber was doing all of the final fitting 
for this parlour guitar sound board
 to the back / side assembly

Darcy "nailed " the Gibson "Keb Mo" finish 
that Peter had requested for his Parlour Guitar.

FYI: The bridge that you see is a faux mdf bridge; 
which is used during the finishing process.

This "faux bridge " will be slipped off next class,
 then the real rosewood bridge will be glued 
directly to the raw wood of the soundboard.

Darcy was so busy helping everyone else today
that he barely had enough time to work on his own guitar.
Although we did manage to lay out the bridge placement
and he trimmed his rosewood headstock faceplate 
flush with the mahogany peg head.

Spring Session Guitar Repair Classes 2017

Guitar Repair and Design

Level 1

Saturday Class
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
April 8th - May 13th

Monday Class
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
April 10th - May 15th

Registration Link:
Introduction to Guitar Repair and Design

Dayna, setting up her Gibson J-185 

Two more students, purchased
 their TechDecks today. 

Dayna / Steve / Tyler / Peter 
I'm sure that all of you, will all be putting
those workstations to good use \m/ !

Gibson Songwriter
 getting ultra-tweaked, for open tuning.

Ryan honing in on the Jackson.

Master Cabinet-maker Steve Faber,
 completed the Acoustic guitar build;
and now he's got the guitar-bug too !!

Both Steve and Dayna picked
up their TechDecks today
to take home to their 
own workshops.

Christmas comes early for 5 
new TechDeck owners,
the past week .

Chris is doing a complete re-fret 
on this old Guild Classical;
levelling the brazilian rosewood fingerboard,
 in preparation for the new frets.

Jamie, studio guitarist, and long time Pro Musician
is giving his AM Strat the AAA setup;
starting with a fret dress / crown / polish. 

Tyler, masking off his Tele
 for a fret dress.

Ryan and I discussing his 
Jackson Guitar as Dayna
finesses her Gibson 185

Store owner, multi-instrumentalist
  is driving up from Buffalo New York
to hone his already considerable skill.

Acoustic Guitar Build 

Hybrid Dreadnought 

Quilted Mahogany Back
Rosewood sides !

The Thump AND the Sparkle
all in one guitar  \m/  !

 Lucas's Nick Lucas

Crazy Maple !

Barry's Mini-Jumbo 

Michael Wilson's 
one of a kind Brazilian+Ebony 
9-Piece back.
Flawlessly executed.

Darcy + Steve tag-teaming the binding purling install.