Making your stringed instrument the best for you!

  • Stringed Instrument Set-ups

    Most commonly the biggest issues our clients face with their instruments is simply a result of wood being wood. Calgarys’ climate can wreak havoc on even the highest quality wood. Let us explain to you the advantages and disadvantages associated with different style set ups, so you can make an informed decision and get your baby playing to match your individual style perfectly.

  • nut saddle

    Nut and Saddle Replacement

    One of the most popular as well as cost efficient way to immediately improve the sound and tone or your instrument is nut and/or saddle replacement. By upgrading the nut and saddle to a much denser, more consistent material, hand made to fit each unique instrument, we are able to enhance the transfer of energy. This gives you an instrument that will sound better, sustain longer, with an improved ability to project.

  • mods

    Stringed Instrument Modifications

    Mods can be any modification to your instrument. Whether its changing the tuners, bridge, frets or finish of your guitar you can achieve a lot of great results. However in my experience mods most often refer to changes to the electronics. With mods there are lots of options. We’re more than happy to talk to you so we can figure out exactly what you’re looking for. There are lots of new directions your guitar can go when dealing with sounds.

  • dove-neck-reset-004

    Neck Resets

    One of the bigger jobs we do at Guitar O.R. is a neck reset. Over the life of any wooden instrument, the pull from the strings can actually move the neck forward. This causes the string height to be much higher, effecting pitch and greatly increasing the amount of physical pressure you have to apply with your fingers to play. A neck reset involves removing the neck from the body of the guitar and sanding off just enough wood from the heel of the neck to change the pitch or angle of the neck.

  • 0052


    Accidents happen, things break, and we can fix them! This is an example of rebracing a Fender Kingman acoustic guitar.

  • PA255493


    Guitar O.R also is one of the few shops in Canada that offers refinishing. Whether it be small touch ups to existing instruments or special circumstances requiring full refinishing.


  • man-1-800x800

    "Great job on my Fender Strat. Easy action, no more noise from the pickups. I’ll recommend you to anyone that plays."

    Dan M.
  • man-1-800x800

    “Thanks for getting my axe in so quick. Its a completely different guitar now.”

    Josh P.
  • man-1-800x800

    “Great job on my Fender acoustic. Its never played better!”

    Steve P.
  • man-1-800x800

    “Thanks for all the work you did on my baby (’73 Gibson). I cant believe how much sweeter it sounds.”

    Ron D.
  • woman-1-800x800

    “Hey just wanted to let you know that you did a great job with the crack on my Martin. I was devastated when it happened. Thanks for easing my fears, with your high quality repair.”

    Chelsey R.
  • woman-1-800x800

    “Just wanted to thank you for getting my bass back to me before my gig. I appreciate the extra effort. I’ll recommend you no problem.”

    Janice J.
  • man-1-800x800

    “Great Job guys. Thanks SO MUCH!”

    Rick B.
  • man-2-800x800

    I thought my mothers mandolin was beyond repair. It’s an amazing instrument now. Thanks a lot for the work and care you put into it. My entire family thanks you.

    M. Jones

Meet the team

  • bella



    Bella Mascot

    Bella is an American Bulldog. She has been with Guitar O.R. since March of 2011. Her specialty is greeting our many clients, destroying various toys, giving kids kisses and generally sleeping, mixed in with sudden bursts of energy resulting in laps around the shop.

  • jarin

    Jarin Winterhalt Owner/Operator

    Jarin has been involved with music since he was a young boy. Growing up in small town Saskatchewan, it was a struggle to get lessons, but once hes was able...

adminHome Main