What people are saying...

"The best luthier I ever met!"

the legend that is Mundell Lowe

"Steve Neal has been my repairman for over thirty years...

And I've never been anything other than ultra satisfied with his workmanship. He's as comfortable with wood as he is with wire and can build and restore in the finest tradition. There may be a half dozen or so as good as Steve on the planet but I've only known one and that would his mentor, Yuris Zeltins. Truly, experience does win out in this field. I would and have trusted him with my most valuable pieces and someday soon I hope he will find the time to build me the ultimate arch-top..."

~Art Johnson - Guitarist/Studio Musician

on Oscar and Grammy Award-winning recordings 


"The guitar you made for me is absolute proof you were the right guy.

It exceeds every expectation I had. To summarize, I love it!"

~Chris Jones - California


“Thanks so much for making a good guitar into a great guitar...” 

~Steve Laury - Jazz Guitarist/Recording Artist


"During the great days of cutting-edge jazz, I worked with some remarkable artists. Some were virtuoso soloists, some were incredible support artists. And some were in categories by themselves.
Steve Neal is in this third group---in his own category. Through his art and sensitivity he kept us guitarists going. He listened, he heard, he repaired and he supported. Without him we all would have been at a loss. I am proud to call him a friend of almost 40 years
and I salute his high standards of excellence..."

~Stephen O'Connor - Jazz Guitarist/Composer


“In 1988 I was a college student and got a part-time summer job at The Blue Guitar. I watched the best players in town come through the door, asking Steve for instrument repair and advice.

After that, he quickly became my go-to person for information on acoustic guitar construction, setup and amplification. Over the years I’ve probably learned more about guitars from Steve than anyone else, as well as a few pointers on life. He’s that rare combination of the approachable expert who truly loves what he does.”

~Paul Abbott - ZenMastering


"Steve is a superb luthier.

His original creations are masterpieces and he has done fantastic work on my vintage Gibson arch-tops. You can trust him with your finest instruments or a custom order.

You will not be disappointed."

~ Kris Aasted 


"My concert was a great success because of Steve..."

~Arthur Golden


“Steve has always done outstanding work for me. In particular, his neck and intonation work is superior to what others were able to do on my guitars. I was so happy with his work, I referred a friend whose 30-year-old Martin HD-28 needed major repairs. Steve transformed that guitar.
So much so that almost everyone who hears her play in public performance comments on how great the guitar sounds.”

~ Ken Hassman, Owner - Hassman Book Indexing Services


"Everyone who's seen this instrument... thinks it quite remarkable. The sound is exquisite. Every time I pick up my new guitar, I am transported..."

~Greg Smith – California


"I've always played dreadnoughts. Then Stephen built me this smaller body instrument, kind of a 000. It has a powerful voice, very clear, beautiful tone and balance, with great sustain. And it's a beautiful guitar visually as well. He installed a Fishman Ellipse Aura in it...
and it sounds as good amplified as not. I love this guitar."

~Tony Gilliam – Challis, Idaho



"Just one ukulele brought me an opportunity to make great new friends!"

~Koji Shimada ~Collector – Tokyo, Japan


 "I use Steve for all my work."

~Ken Smith – Stanley, Idaho


"Stephen is a superb guitar repairman. He's a diamond among guitar repair/makers. The absolute best I've ever known. I've been playing professionally for almost 40 years, and he is the ONE!

He has done major repairs on four of my guitars and they all came out absolutely fantastic.

The thing I like the most is that when you ask Stephen to do something a certain way, he does it even if he disagrees (with no negativity) and with perfection. So you always get what you want and that is a really big deal."

~Wayne Worthen - Boise, Idaho


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