Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Collings. Guitar building hero and legend. He set a new standard. #saddened #guitarbuildinglegend
The intonation on this 1949 00-17 Martin was so far out it took trimming the neck heel forward, moving the bridge foot print and a new brz bridge to achieve the amount  needed. No surprise why it's in pristine condition-no one could get it to play in tune. After bridge and re set it's playing and intonating beautifully. Love the sound of old mahogany... #acousticguitar #martinguitar #guitarrestoration #lovemyjob #mahogany #lutherie #martin #guitars
1938 Shaded top Martin  D-18 on the bench at present for some neck repairs and to make/fit an correct spec bridge after I remove the non original oversized current bridge and repair the foot print.  #martinguitar #mallialutherie #guitarrestoration #guitarrepair #whatsonyourbench #restoration #luthier #lovemyjob #acousticguitar #guitar
Nineteenth century European Parlor guitar restoration. Filling missing pieces of herringbone. #luthier #whatsonyourbench #restoration #parlor #guitarrestoration #guitarrepair
Talk about fiddly bits...... 2008 Mallia bass refin nearly buffed. I forgot how much time matching covers and knobs take to finish and buff. #boutiquebass #whatsonyourbench #luthier #australianmade #custombass #nordstrand #tasmanianblackwood #handmade
Re configuring the electronics in a bass I made way back in 1989 when I was very young with no grey hair. This pickup config about 5 years before lakland started with the dual coil mm pickup in the bridge pos. where has the time gone?? #whatsonyourbench #luthier #custombass #boutiquebass #australianmade #walnut
Refinishing a bass I made back in 2008. The Tasmanian Blackwood is starting to pop! A few more coats to go before it goes to its new home. #tasmanianblackwood #australianmade #lutherie #luthier #whatsonyourbench #custombass #boutiquebass
1959 Gretsch 6120 neck rebuild after/before shots. This one had the fretboard lifting, neck underset ski ramp, cracked heel and neck block.  Repairs included fretBoard off, neck extension off rebuild neck block and dovetail joint, new binding piece and re fret.  Colour match/airbrush heel and binding after heel crack cleaned and re glued. Very satisfying result. Plays like a charm once again. #luthier #gretsch #guitarrepair #gretsch6120 #lutherie #orange #electricguitar
Getting back on to this custom build order. Hope to be staining/spraying in a couple of weeks. Brazilian mahogany chambered body and neck from same tree cut in 1971, beautiful dark Brazilian fretboard. This is going to be minimalist - no pickup surrounds or tabs no rear cover no binding as per customers very specific specs. #whatsonyourbench #luthier #maple #customguitar #australianmade #bespoke #flamemaple #luthery #mallialutherie

“I first became aware of Jeff Mallia’s extraordinary luthier skills when I played an early 20th Century Gibson mandocello that he had done major neck repairs to. I immediately realised that I could trust any vintage instrument I had with him. Over the years he has done significant repairs to my 1989 Dan Crary Signature Taylor and 1969 Martin D-18 guitars and more recently, a major restoration of a recently-acquired 1972 Martin D-28. His eye for detail, historic instrumental knowledge and passion for optimising the sound of every instrument and customising it for the individual player’s style places him second to none amongst the top luthiers in Australia.”

Hunter Owens
Hunter OwensFrom the award-winning duo Hunter & Suzy

“Jeff is the guitar doctor of guitar doctors. I’ve never seen such awesome work – and all done under intense time pressure with a terrific bedside manner.”

David Knopfler
David KnopflerFounding member of Dire Straits

“I have played basses built by Jeff for over 20 years now. The only two basses I own are Mallia 4 strings. I can easily embrace the idea that they’re my life time instruments. He loves what he does and really gets inside what it is you’re looking for as a player. Actually, he challenges you to answer for yourself what it is your’e looking for in the pending instrument. Once you’re both clear on that, he just nails it. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of his instruments. They look and feel great and play beautifully. They respond to subtle variations in touch. I have used them on dozens of albums and hundreds of live performances, etc.”

Steve Hunter
Steve HunterBassist, Composer,

“…just a short note to let you know how pleased I am with the repair you conducted on my dobro neck. I appreciate the effort you went to and realise you could have just given it ‘band-aid’ treatment. Thanks again.”

Jeff King
Jeff KingForeday

“I just wanted to drop you a short line to commend you once again on the terrific job you did on customising my D’aquisto.

Now that I have had it for about 6 weeks and have had the chance to ‘play it in’, it is as if you were able to duplicate the exact picture inside my head and bring it exactly to life. A difficult task for anyone in their chosen field, however, you have demonstrated this ability of listening and reproducing the desired effect as effortlessly as drawing a breath. I am contemplating contacting the original manufacturers to advise them of your expertise, and at the very least, I shall shout your name from the rooftop to any serious guitarist looking for a customised job. Well done.”

Jason Campbell
Jason CampbellJ.C. & The JazzHoppers
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