Claude was recommended to me 3 years ago by a friend/guitar enthusiast in the area as the man to help me maintain and service my new Gibson Hummingbird guitar. We visited his workshop and he was very generous, genuine, and encouraging with his help and advice. Our next stop to Claude was for some help with my Father in Laws 1965 D-18 000 Martin, which needed some TLC. Claude was excited and happy to help with the transformation! Understand, as a fairly intermediate guitar player, I was playing some very, very nice guitars and was NOT in the market for anything new… until we made a stop at Claude’s shop. We went just as an outing with an uncle in town who was doing some preliminary guitar shopping. Claude offered me one of his guitars he had in the shop to test – and the rest is history. Welcome “Miss Maple” whom I purchased one year ago and have not put down for any of my other collection since! It sounds as beautiful as it looks. The unexpected reward when buying from Claude is the lifetime of service and help he provides in caring for his guitars (and he always thinks of them as “his”). One of my favorite things in the world is taking the guitar to Claude’s shop, then waiting while he opens the case and gently says “Well, Hello!” to the guitar. It is obvious the love and caring he puts in his craft and watching that unfold is priceless. I sing a song with the line, “I’m holding more than strings and wood” and think of Claude every time that line appears, as his guitars are obviously very personal and close to his heart. If you have the chance to stop in and check out Claude’s space, do
it! The added bonus is that he is such a great guy and one we are very happy to now call our friend.