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.
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We are seriously considering adding a Plek Station to our shop, but would like to get your feedback on this…please follo...
03/09/2020

We are seriously considering adding a Plek Station to our shop, but would like to get your feedback on this…please follow this link...
http://www.laysguitar.com/plek-station/
...read more about the Plek Station and take our short survey. Thank You so much !!! #plekstation #plekdguitar

This is not so much a post about working on guitars or anything but, more so to show you the capture of the rarely seen,...
03/03/2020

This is not so much a post about working on guitars or anything but, more so to show you the capture of the rarely seen, lumbersome but yet graceful, resident jokester Larry enjoying some Chinese food from down the street. This is Larry’s first full meal since he’s been on a strict diet of nothing but bacon cheeseburgers. You can really tell how the bacon cheeseburger diet has been working for Larry by his his slim figure and six pack abs. We are just kidding…we love Ol’ Larry. He stops in every now and again to work on his own guitars and fill the shop with his witty humor.

http://www.laysguitar.com/2020/03/02/larry-eating-chinese-food/

03/02/2020

Sanding frets !!! Joel Shinn and Wes McCraw

One of the projects we are working on...restoring this 1960's Martin acoustic. Dan Gable is busy in the spray booth righ...
03/02/2020

One of the projects we are working on...restoring this 1960's Martin acoustic. Dan Gable is busy in the spray booth right now putting a coat of clear on her.

#laysguitarshop #martinguitars #martinacoustic

Here's Ol' Wes McCraw working on a Schecter Diamond Series. You might know Wes from our YouTube videos...we rarely show ...
02/24/2020

Here's Ol' Wes McCraw working on a Schecter Diamond Series. You might know Wes from our YouTube videos...we rarely show Wes's face in the videos...but today...you get to see his ugly mug...ENJOY !
#laysguitar #laysguitarshop #wesmccraw #mrtickles

Installing a little pre-amp in this Wolf 5 string bass.#laysguitar #laysguitarshop
02/24/2020

Installing a little pre-amp in this Wolf 5 string bass.
#laysguitar #laysguitarshop

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02/10/2020

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If you have been following our blog, here is the final result on the LTD 5 string bass that we used super glue as the fi...
02/10/2020
LTD 5 string bass – super glue fret board

If you have been following our blog, here is the final result on the LTD 5 string bass that we used super glue as the finish on the fret board.

http://www.laysguitar.com/2020/02/10/ltd-5-string-bass-super-glue-fret-board/

#laysguitarshop #guitarshop #5stringbass

Lay's Guitar Shop has been serving amateur and professional musicians nationwide since 1962, providing quality repairs, custom builds, restoration and Les Paul Standard Guitar Conversions

Believe it or not…we are using a final finish of Super Glue on the fret board of this 5 string fretless bass. Dan Shinn ...
02/07/2020
Super glue finished fretboard

Believe it or not…we are using a final finish of Super Glue on the fret board of this 5 string fretless bass. Dan Shinn says that this is the most durable/hardest finish you can put on a fret board, even harder than boat epoxy. Once the glue is dry, we will wet sand and buff the surface. It will be smooth as glass and withstand tons of slapping.

http://www.laysguitar.com/2020/02/06/super-glue-finished-fretboard/

#laysguitarshop #fretlessbass

Lay's Guitar Shop has been serving amateur and professional musicians nationwide since 1962, providing quality repairs, custom builds, restoration and Les Paul Standard Guitar Conversions

As seen at the 2020 NAMM show. This 000 Model was customized by Steve of The Loft. The old-growth Sinker Redwood top we ...
02/06/2020
2020 Santa Cruz sinker redwood 000

As seen at the 2020 NAMM show. This 000 Model was customized by Steve of The Loft. The old-growth Sinker Redwood top we selected for this particular 000 was salvaged from the Pacific Northwest.

https://theloftatlays.com/product/2020-santa-cruz-sinker-redwood-000/

#theloftatlays #laysguitarshop #santacruzguitars #2020namm

This 000 Model was customized by Steve of The Loft. The old-growth Sinker Redwood top we selected for this particular 000 was salvaged from the Pacific Northwest.

A lot of folks might not know this, there are several ways to pound new frets into the fret board. This is one of the te...
02/05/2020

A lot of folks might not know this, there are several ways to pound new frets into the fret board. This is one of the techniques that we use here at the shop. You rest your arm and wrist on a fixed location of the neck to make sure you are driving them in perfectly straight and not hitting the fret board. This is a photo of Wes, one of the newest team members. Our veteran technician, Dan Gable showed this technique to Wes real quick.

http://www.laysguitar.com/2020/02/03/installing-frets-the-proper-pound/

#laysguitarshop #guitarrepair

Dan Gable just finished working on getting this old Gibson acoustic back in shape. The thing is such a beautiful old gui...
02/03/2020
1940’s Gibson acoustic

Dan Gable just finished working on getting this old Gibson acoustic back in shape. The thing is such a beautiful old guitar that we felt we had to shoot some photos of it in our little photo area upstairs…this thing dates back to the 1940’s. Dan had to remove the back in order to repair and re-glue most of the bracing. We also had to make a new bridge for it and cut and glue new binding on the old girl.

http://www.laysguitar.com/2020/02/03/1940s-gibson-acoustic/

#laysguitarshop #laysguitar #gibsonguitar #vintagegibsonguitar

Hello friends !!We have been really busy at the shop building, repairing and refinishing all sorts of strings instrument...
01/30/2020
Lay's Guitar Shop

Hello friends !!

We have been really busy at the shop building, repairing and refinishing all sorts of strings instruments. Along with that we have been working on shooting videos of our custom builds and also guitars that are for sale up in The Loft. Go ahead and check out our YouTube channel by clicking on the link below...and please subscribe to keep posted on new videos that we upload. We really appreciate your interest and support and look forward to taking care of your stringed instrument needs in the future.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb7THEkKOgbnjnHGpL64tlA

Welcome to Lay’s Guitar, one of America’s finest Vintage Guitar Restoration and Repair Services. Virgil Lay started Lay’s Guitar Shop in Akron, Ohio, in 1962...

Check out Asia's fun wall behind her work bench. How many musical acts can you name that you see here? Feel free to comm...
01/30/2020

Check out Asia's fun wall behind her work bench. How many musical acts can you name that you see here? Feel free to comment below.

This Strat is getting a complete make over. Getting taken all apart now and will be getting refinished in white. Stay tu...
01/27/2020

This Strat is getting a complete make over. Getting taken all apart now and will be getting refinished in white. Stay tuned for progress photos.

We just finished up this red T-Style relic....check it out !Catalpa Wood BodyFinished and aged in Fiesta RedBamboo Neck ...
01/20/2020

We just finished up this red T-Style relic....check it out !

Catalpa Wood Body
Finished and aged in Fiesta Red
Bamboo Neck and Fret markers
Richlite Fretboard
10" RadiusBone 1 11/16" Nut
Double action truss rod
6105 Frets
Vintage Kluson Tuners
Brandonwound Custom Pickups
CTS 250K Pots
Orange Drop Capacitor
CLR Switch
Switchcraft Output Jack
Wilkinson Bridge with compensated brass saddles
Solid steel ferrule block made by Grainger Guitar Parts in the UK

https://theloftatlays.com/product/2020-lays-red-t-style-relic/

#laysguitar #laysguitarshop #customguitar #tstyle

Meanwhile…as Joel Shinn and Wes McCraw are upstairs in The Loft shooting guitar videos...http://www.laysguitar.com/2020/...
01/16/2020
Busy at the benches

Meanwhile…as Joel Shinn and Wes McCraw are upstairs in The Loft shooting guitar videos...

http://www.laysguitar.com/2020/01/16/busy-at-the-benches/

#laysguitar #laysguitarshop

Lay's Guitar Shop has been serving amateur and professional musicians nationwide since 1962, providing quality repairs, custom builds, restoration and Les Paul Standard Guitar Conversions

Check out a few of our most recent builds as "Featured Guitars" on the home page of The Loft.https://theloftatlays.com/
01/14/2020

Check out a few of our most recent builds as "Featured Guitars" on the home page of The Loft.

https://theloftatlays.com/

So...we recently purchased a new planer...and we thought that maybe the pine wood crate that it came in would make for a...
01/13/2020

So...we recently purchased a new planer...and we thought that maybe the pine wood crate that it came in would make for a cool looking guitar body. Here are photos of us ripping the crate apart and the progress of the guitar so far. We machined a prototype aluminum bridge for this project and cut a prototype body with a unique jack configuration and body bevels. Let us know what you think !!
#customguitar #laysguitarshop

Weekly Special in The Loft at Lay's. Click the link to see all of the photos and video. This came to us a stock Paul Ree...
01/13/2020

Weekly Special in The Loft at Lay's. Click the link to see all of the photos and video. This came to us a stock Paul Reed Smith. The finish was pretty rough, so we decided that it needed a makeover. We have had success with our custom made T-casters covered in fabric and felt this one was a candidate for this cool fabric top. The back has been painted in trans blue. It also comes with the hard shell case.

https://theloftatlays.com/product/paul-reed-smith-custom-paisley/

We've posted about this before but can't stress enough how important it is to keep your guitar humidified. This winter w...
01/09/2020
Lay's Guitar Shop humidifiers | Akron, Ohio

We've posted about this before but can't stress enough how important it is to keep your guitar humidified. This winter weather and low humidity can do a number on your acoustic and even electric guitars. We proudly carry the Music Nomad humidifiers...you can order them right from our website.

String instrument wood needs moisture to play and look its best. Dry wood can warp, shrink and worse yet, crack! Music Nomad, the leader in equipment care products, has developed an easy to use, no mess and low maintenance instrument case humidifier, The Humitar. It safely releases moisture evenly to eliminate these potential problems. Works great for Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Semi Hollow Guitars, Mandolins, Cellos and other large case instruments. Their innovative Humid-i-Bar sponge holds a lot more water than their competition. This means less monitoring on your end while resting assured your fine instrument is being cared for. Time to check the Humitar? Easy! Pop the top, touch the insert; if it’s wet leave it, if it’s dry, it’s time to rehydrate. Rehydrating is a cinch – simply remove the Humid-i-Bar sponge, soak it in distilled water and you’re back in action – easy, no mess and low maintenance.

http://www.laysguitar.com/humidifiers/

#laysguitar #laysguitarshop #musicnomad

Here’s a shot of our newest team member, Wes McCraw removing the frets from a Blue Rock 6 string bass. Wes will then pla...
01/06/2020
Wes removing frets from a Blue Rock 6 string bass

Here’s a shot of our newest team member, Wes McCraw removing the frets from a Blue Rock 6 string bass. Wes will then plane and flatten the neck and install new frets.

http://www.laysguitar.com/2020/01/06/wes-removing-frets-from-a-blue-rock-6-string-bass/

#laysguitar #laysguitarshop

Lay's Guitar Shop has been serving amateur and professional musicians nationwide since 1962, providing quality repairs, custom builds, restoration and Les Paul Standard Guitar Conversions

Just finishing up this SG Custom conversion for our great customer Jerry Centifanti.#laysguitar #laysguitarshop #gibsons...
12/30/2019

Just finishing up this SG Custom conversion for our great customer Jerry Centifanti.
#laysguitar #laysguitarshop #gibsonsg #gibsonguitar

New video of Wes McCraw playing the Bourgeois JOM Cutaway....check it out !!!https://theloftatlays.com/product/bourgeois...
12/19/2019
Bourgeois JOM Cutaway

New video of Wes McCraw playing the Bourgeois JOM Cutaway....check it out !!!

https://theloftatlays.com/product/bourgeois-jom-cutaway/

#bourgeois #bourgeoisguitars #theloftatlays #laysguitarshop

  Bourgeois JOM Cutaway in Mahogany , with a bear claw sitka spruce top. Tortoise binding, Ebony head stock veneer, 14 fret ebony fret board, 1 23/32 nut width, long scale.

NEW ARRIVAL !!!LP295 gold top, Bigsby, 57 classic pickups, comes with original hard shell casehttps://theloftatlays.com/
12/06/2019

NEW ARRIVAL !!!

LP295 gold top, Bigsby, 57 classic pickups, comes with original hard shell case

https://theloftatlays.com/

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974 Kenmore Blvd
Akron, OH
44314

Opening Hours

Monday 10:45 - 19:00
Wednesday 10:45 - 17:00
Thursday 10:45 - 17:00
Friday 10:45 - 17:00
Saturday 10:45 - 14:00

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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Three Lay’s beauties. Looks like Neapolitan ice cream.
Master-built by Lay's, designed by CreamTone, and inspired by Elvis! 😎 https://www.creamtone.com/products/creamtone-speedway-jazzcaster-original-build-by-lays-and-creamtone
Thanks for setting up my Samick Greg Bennett Altramatic I played out with Hudson Run on Winks Family Restaurant s last weekend of business. Thanks for making this guitar so amazing
The gang at Lay's Guitar shop knocked this re-finish out of the ball park!! Many thanks the the team in the shop and to Todd for putting up with nagging phone calls every week for pics of the progression. Cheers fellas! Thanks SO much!
Legit services from extremely knowledgeable technicians and craftsmen! I moved further away from Akron and still make the drive to have my guitars serviced here (or drool in the Loft)!
Thanks Dan !!!
Join us in October!
Wow.. they took my 1979 Les Paul and made it sound better than I ever thought capable with their complete set up...these guys are worth every penny! They also take the time to chat with you and never rush you out of the store even though they are mega busy..
thankyou for the great work you did on our taylor today-it plays awesome! the mccabes
Here I go with my ancient Carvin, I brought it to Lay's back in 2000 for a neck repair and Dan Schinn did an amazing job. It's still smoking hot and sounding sweet. Great dudes who do amazing work. Thanks again Bro
Lay’s you Absolutely SLAYED this G & L - L 2000 Bass Transformation! From the Strip down and Customized Paint to the Custom Lit Fret Board... I cannot Thank You enough for the Personalization and Perfection in Craftsmanship you have given this Bass! #YouRock #LaysGuitar #LitUpRockOut #GandL #BraveandCrazyMe #MelissaEtheridge #TributeBand #FemaleBassist