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Lay's Guitar Shop

Lay's Guitar Shop We here at Lay's Guitar Shop restore, repair, custom build guitars, basses We also repair most banjos and mandolins. We are by APPOINTMENT ONLY

Saturdays we are open by appointment only.

Operating as usual

A cad drawing of the rosette to be cut or on the cnc   #larriveeguitars #luthiery #luthier #acousticguitar #acoustic #gu...
03/24/2022

A cad drawing of the rosette to be cut or on the cnc #larriveeguitars #luthiery #luthier #acousticguitar #acoustic #guitar

A shot of the original. It was a mess. Larrivee top #larriveeguitars #luthiery #luthier #acousticguitar #acoustic #guita...
03/24/2022

A shot of the original. It was a mess. Larrivee top #larriveeguitars #luthiery #luthier #acousticguitar #acoustic #guitar

I know it has been a minute since we last posted…. just a shot of a acoustic guitar top replacement. This is for a Larri...
03/24/2022

I know it has been a minute since we last posted…. just a shot of a acoustic guitar top replacement. This is for a Larrivee #larriveeguitars #luthiery #luthier #acousticguitar #acoustic #guitar

more or Les Paul conversions on the way
11/12/2021

more or Les Paul conversions on the way

A few recent additions to the inventory at The Loft !!! 1958 Stratocaster, 1973 Les Paul Standard, 1998 Stratocaster, 20...
07/12/2021

A few recent additions to the inventory at The Loft !!! 1958 Stratocaster, 1973 Les Paul Standard, 1998 Stratocaster, 2017 Gretsch Chet Atkins and 2021 Knaggs Sheyenne. You can view all the inventory at https://theloftatlays.com/

Don't know if you knew this or not...but...The Loft upstairs is now a dealer for Victoria Amplifiers. We currently have ...
04/30/2021

Don't know if you knew this or not...but...The Loft upstairs is now a dealer for Victoria Amplifiers. We currently have three different models in stock. You can view all of the specs and photos at the following link. https://theloftatlays.com/.../products/victoria-amplifiers/
#theloftatlays #victoriaamplifiers

New Arrivals to The Loft showroom, upstairs here at our shop !!! Give us a call at 330-848-1392 to schedule a time to co...
04/23/2021

New Arrivals to The Loft showroom, upstairs here at our shop !!! Give us a call at 330-848-1392 to schedule a time to come in and check them out !!!

JUST ARRIVED in The Loft at Lay's !!! Call today to schedule a time to come in and check them out !!!330-848-1392
04/16/2021

JUST ARRIVED in The Loft at Lay's !!! Call today to schedule a time to come in and check them out !!!
330-848-1392

Photos from The Loft at Lay's Guitar Shop's post
04/01/2021

Photos from The Loft at Lay's Guitar Shop's post

03/31/2021

Wes taking our new microwave on its maiden voyage...

This beautiful guitar was built by one of customers and then brought in to us to spray in this blue burst. He did a grea...
03/31/2021

This beautiful guitar was built by one of customers and then brought in to us to spray in this blue burst. He did a great job…very cool design. See more photos on our site.

https://laysguitar.com/portfolio/custom-built-blue-burst/

#laysguitarshop #guitarrefinish #customguitar

This Les Paul came into the shop with a headstock that had been repaired, but the repair wasn’t really complete. We cut ...
03/29/2021

This Les Paul came into the shop with a headstock that had been repaired, but the repair wasn’t really complete. We cut the old repair out, fashioned a new piece of wood to fit nice and tight, glued it up and refinished the neck and headstock. We also touched up a few other blemishes on the guitar and gave it an overall detail.

https://laysguitar.com/2021/03/29/les-paul-headstock-repair-repair/

#laysguitarshop #guitarepair #headstockrepair #gibsonlespaul

We’ve expanded The Loft upstairs at the shop. We’ve made more room for amplifies and guitars and thought a cool color sc...
03/26/2021

We’ve expanded The Loft upstairs at the shop. We’ve made more room for amplifies and guitars and thought a cool color scheme like Eddie Van Halen’s Frankie guitar would add a nice touch. What do you think?

https://laysguitar.com/2021/03/26/evh-inspired-wall-art/

The Loft is expanding. Moved all of the guitar cases out of the back room there to make more room for amps and accessori...
03/18/2021

The Loft is expanding. Moved all of the guitar cases out of the back room there to make more room for amps and accessories. Can you guess what the back wall is going to end up looking like? Let us know.

Do you remember when we posted in early February on this Les Paul that came in with tons of thick paint that looked like...
03/18/2021

Do you remember when we posted in early February on this Les Paul that came in with tons of thick paint that looked like someone brushed on?...well, we've got it completely scraped and finish sanded. We added updated a few updated photos at the bottom of the original blog post...check it out.

https://laysguitar.com/2021/02/02/gibson-les-paul-refinish/

This Les Paul came in with random bottle caps glued all over the top and had been burnt. We removed the bottle caps, pie...
03/18/2021

This Les Paul came in with random bottle caps glued all over the top and had been burnt. We removed the bottle caps, pieced in the damaged binding, over prayed the back and matched the color and relic'ing of the rest of the guitar. You can see all of the photos at the following link.

https://laysguitar.com/portfolio/les-paul-refinish/

More new arrivals in The Loft at Lay's !!!!! Please share with all your guitar playin' friends...-1996 Gibson Les Paul C...
03/04/2021

More new arrivals in The Loft at Lay's !!!!! Please share with all your guitar playin' friends...

-1996 Gibson Les Paul Classic
-2006 Guild D-55
-2015 Gibson Firebird
-2016 Gibson ES-335 1959 re-issue
-2016 Gibson Les Paul HP Traditional
-Epiphone 65 Casino, John Lennon clone

You can view the complete inventory at https://theloftatlays.com

#laysguitarshop #theloftatlays #usedguitars #guitarsforsale #gibsonlespaulforsale #guildacoustic #gibsonfirebirdacoustic #gibsones335 #gibsonlespaulhp #epiphonejohnlennon

Here are a couple photos of the Jerry Jones guitar that we posted about a few days ago. All refinished and new logo on t...
02/25/2021

Here are a couple photos of the Jerry Jones guitar that we posted about a few days ago. All refinished and new logo on the headstock.
Jerry Jones Guitars was a musical instrument manufacturer (mostly guitars) based in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The company specialized in making electric guitars and basses based on Danelectro's designs from the 1950s and 1960s. They also made some more unusual instruments such as six-string bass guitars, baritone guitars, sitar guitars, the shorty octave 12-string and the guitarlin, which is a hybrid of a guitar and a mandolin. Many of the company's instrument designs borrowed heavily from the early designs.

Please hop on over to The Loft at Lay's page and give it a Like. We are always getting fresh inventory of acous...
02/25/2021

Please hop on over to The Loft at Lay's page and give it a Like. We are always getting fresh inventory of acoustics, electrics, basses and amplifiers. The Loft at Lay’s is located at 974 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, Ohio, on the second floor of our shop.

https://www.facebook.com/theloftatlaysguitarshop

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974 Kenmore Blvd
Akron, OH
44314

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10:45am - 5pm
Thursday 10:45am - 5pm
Friday 10:45am - 5pm

Telephone

(330) 848-1392

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About Us

Virgil Lay started Lay’s Guitar Shop in Akron, Ohio, in 1962. Our store has been serving amateur and professional musicians nationwide ever since. Virgil worked on instruments for such players as Jack Bruce, Phil Keaggy, Joe Walsh and bands such as Bad Company and The Outlaws. Jimmy Page‘s Les Paul #1 had its neck shaved in our shop.

Dan Shinn, the current owner, started working for Virgil Lay in 1979. He acquired the guitar repair shop from Virgil in the late ’80s and to this day upholds the reputation for high quality repairs and restorations that have been the hallmark of Lay’s Guitar Shop. Under Dan’s management, Lay’s Guitar Shop has not only upheld the high standards set by Virgil Lay, but has expanded the business to accommodate an international market. The is due to our finish and restoration department, headed by Joel Shinn for over 25 years.

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Custom Indian Rosewood/European Spruce F Model with Adirondack bracing/hot hide glue, herringbone rosette & top purfle, sunburst top and Gotoh 510 gold tuners with black k***s, just shipped to Lay's Guitar Shop in Akron, OH. Give Steve a call if interested! #scgcjustshipped #santacruzguitars #acousticguitar #acoustic #lutherie #customshopguitar #guitaroftheday #sunburst #designyourown
Custom Figured Indian Rosewood/Adirondack 1929 OO Model with Adirondack bracing/hot hide glue, tortoise bindings, cowboy rope rosette & top purfling, 45 style fingerboard inlays and our Georgia Peach sunburst top, just shipped to Lay's Guitar Shop in Akron, OH. Give Steve a call if interested! #scgcjustshipped #santacruzguitars #acousticguitar #acoustic #lutherie #figuredwood #designyourown #customshopguitar #customguitars #guitaroftheday #sunburst #parlorguitar
Taking the classic T-style design and putting their own spin on it, Dan and Joel Shinn of Lay's Guitar Shop in Akron, OH craft electrics with show-stopping good looks, and sound and playability to match. They use classic woods like swamp ash and uncommon ones like black korina and redwood, then use their expert finishing skills to give them ultra-hip looks, like that green paisley and that subtle 'burst. Both of these guitars are outfitted with exclusive BrandonWound Custom pickups, a slightly overwound set compared to traditional Tele pickups. Check them out now: https://thenorthamericanguitar.com/products/lays-custom-t-style-natural-burst-thinline https://thenorthamericanguitar.com/products/lays-custom-t-style-green-paisley
YOU ROCK AKRON! Thank you so much to everyone who performed, attended, worked, promoted, and helped make the inaugural Kenmore Winter Break weekend a success! We think we should do this again, maybe even quarterly, how does that sound? Special thanks to Jason Chamberlain for capturing these moments last night while pulling double duty helping to run sound. ________________________________ Big Pop A Band Named Ashes Detention Live Jim Ballard Chrissy Strong Brian Lisik Music Thank you to our sponsors and co-presenters: The Summit SIT Strings EarthQuaker Devices The Guitar Department Lay's Guitar Shop #kenmorerocks #therialtotheatre #thesummitfm #sitstrings #earthquakerdevices #theguitardepartment #laysguitarshop #kenmorewinterbreak #musicfestival #festivalannouncent #showannoucement #akronmusicscene #clevelandmusicscene #youngstownmusic #livemusic #akronsmusicrow
We’re only a few hours away from the first ever Kenmore Winter Break Music Festival! Doors open at 5pm, and the music starts at 6pm in the brand new Rialto Living Room. Speaking of The Rialto Living Room, we’d like to thank our Living Room co-sponsors The Guitar Department & Lay's Guitar Shop. 100% of their generous contributions go toward paying the Kenmore Winter Break performers. Tickets are available in very limited quantities, so grab yours now at the link in comments. ________________________________ @thesummitfm @sitstrings @earthquakerdev @theguitardept @laysguitarshop 
#kenmorerocks #therialtotheatre #thesummitfm #sitstrings #earthquakerdevices #theguitardepartment #laysguitarshop #kenmorewinterbreak #musicfestival #festivalannouncent #showannoucement #akronmusicscene #clevelandmusicscene #youngstownmusic #livemusic
Custom Figured Indian Rosewood/Adirondack OM Grand Model with Adirondack bracing/hot hide glue, 45 style fingerboard inlay, buttered toast sunburst top and nickel Waverly tuners with ivoroid k***s, just shipped to Lay's Guitar Shop in Akron, OH. Give Steve a call if interested! #scgcjustshipped #santacruzguitars #acousticguitar #acoustic #lutherie #rosewood #designyourown #customshopguitar #sunburst
👇👇👇 CHECK IT OUT! Huge thanks to Cleveland Scene Magazine for the Kenmore Winter Break! Music Festival article! _________________________ Big Pop JD Eicher The Heavy Hours A Band Named Ashes Candace Campana Detention Live Jim Ballard Music Brian Lisik Music Jeff Klemm Chrissy Strong Madison Cummins Barry Carroll Vince Giles The Summit SIT Strings EarthQuaker Devices The Guitar Department Lay's Guitar Shop 

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The Happy Traum HT/13 Signature Model with Mahogany back/sides, old growth Redwood top, Adirondack bracing with hot hide glue, abalone rosette and top purfling, 42 style fingerboard inlays with Happy’s signature at the 18th, ivoroid bindings and custom finish, just shipped to Lay's Guitar Shop in Akron, OH. Give Steve a call if interested! #scgcjustshipped #santacruzguitars #acousticguitar #acoustic #happytraum #homespun #lutherie #redwood #salvagedwood #guitaroftheday #customshopguitar #designyourown
The word is out - The Rialto Theatre is hosting a music festival and celebrating the grand opening of The Rialto Living Room December 17 & 18! Kenmore Winter Break! Music Festival features 12 bands/solo artists over two nights and is presented by The Rialto Theatre & The Summit and Sponsored by SIT Strings, The Guitar Department, and Lay's Guitar Shop . Tickets and full lineup details are available NOW at https://www.therialtotheatre.com/calendar/2021/12/17/kenmore-winter-break-music-festival-1217-1821 #kenmorerocks #therialtotheatre #thesummitfm #sitstrings #theguitardepartment #laysguitarshop #kenmorewinterbreak #musicfestival #festivalannouncent #showannoucement #akronmusicscene #clevelandmusicscene #youngstownmusic
Our guitar player got his rare Gibson ES-775 back from Lay's Guitar Shop after major neck surgery to repair a broken truss rod. It. Is. Perfect. Are the guys at Lay’s world-class master luthiers? Or is it some kind of weird sorcery? Or both? #jazz #jazzguitar #jazzmusic #akronmusicscene #guitarporn #guitarlife #vintageguitar #vintageguitars
Custom Indian Rosewood/Adirondack @bradpaisley Signature BPW Model with Adirondack bracing/hot hide glue, vintage tinted top and cowboy hat peghead inlay, just shipped to Lay's Guitar Shop in Akron, OH. Give Steve a call if interested! #scgcjustshipped #santacruzguitars #dreadnought #acousticguitar #acoustic #bradpaisley #customshopguitar #lutherie