The last time I visited CF Martin & Co was a few years ago.  I had the privilege of standing in the room where so many of the vintage martins I am lucky enough to restore were made at the North Street factory. I’ll be back there for another visit very soon. Getting excited!  #luthier #vintagemartin #martinguitar
Side damage repair. No tricks just careful clamping.  #guitarrepair #whatsonyourbench #luthier #guitarrepair
Happy client @jack_nolan_music collected his sweet little 1964 00-21NY today after neck re set, new BRW bridge and some glue ups.  Quite respectable quarter cut Brazilian back and side material for 60’s era. Nice find! #martinguitar #luthier #whatsonyourbench #lutherie #guitarrepair #mallialutherie
Rare guitar on the bench.  1930’s Harmony Roy Smeck Professional. I was lucky enough to recommission this guitar after it had been lying under a house for decades. It features an “aeroplane” bridge which was produced to commemorate Charles Lindberg’s 1927 Atlantic crossing.  Also features stunning figured Cuban Mahogany.  #whatsonyourbench #guitarrepair #vintageguitars #harmonyguitar #luthier #roysmeck
Abalone heart rosette. The heart figure area being where the muscle attaches to the shell is so small I made this from 36 small pieces of interlocking shell for a continuous abalaone heart ring. This shimmers!  #abalone #luthier #australianmade #customguitar #guitarmaker #lutherie #whatsonyourbench #acousticguitar
1929 Martin 00-40H top crack cleating. 15 minutes to glue up. 3 hours +  of making cleats, caul casting/prep and dry run. #mallialutherie #martin #guitarrestoration #luthier #lutherie #lovemyjob
I  CNC cut a bunch of abalone heart pieces that interlock to form a rosette ring.  Only needed one but ended up cutting all the heart shell pieces I had-enough to make a few more. Should look great. #luthier #australianmade #customguitar #abalone #rosette #mallialutherie #guitarmaking
10 years ago and now!  @isaacwarelutherie was my apprentice back then. Got together had a great laugh and chance to take a new photo. Isaac is currently resident luthier at @theguitarfactory.  I’m so proud of this guy - hardest worker I know, a dedicated family man and talented in many more areas than just Lutherie. We’ll take another shot in ten years....... #Repost @isaacwarelutherie with @get_repost
This is my teacher and mentor Jeff Mallia @mallialutherie . Not much has changed in the last 10 years. What a great night out then and now. He’s still the master and I am the apprentice. #australianluthier #masterapprentice #lovemyjob #guitarfactorygladesville #mercatoecucina
Two 1929 Martin 00-40H’s in at the same time. Originally hawian spec these have been converted to regular style decades ago. One I neck reset years ago in for some bridge and crack work, the other a major restoration currently in progress. A joy to have these in the shop. #martin #martinguitar #guitarrestoration #vintageguitar #whatsonyourbench #luthier #lutherie #guitar #lovemyjob

“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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