1930 Dobro restoration progress shots; side crack and neck block steamed into shape,dried and glued/touched up to match texture and patina. Fretboard repaired and refretted. The rebate the resonator cone sits in was deformed from years of string tension and what was a circle became an ellipse. The cone seating was laminated with more wood to add stiffness and mass then re machined perfectly flat. If the new cone doesn’t touch evenly all round it just won’t sound as good as it should by a long shot!  #dobro #luthier #lutherie #whatsonyourbench #vintageguitar #resonatorguitar #beardresonator #1930s #restoration
1930 Dobro recently in for  restoration. Been in this state for decades. Soon to be played again. Will receive a new beard cone and major repairs. #dobro #luthier #lutherie #whatsonyourbench #vintageguitar #resonatorguitar #beardresonator #1930s
Studio shots of a recent custom build now up on my website. (Link in bio) #customguitars #australianmade #luthier #lutherie #guitarsofinstagram #flamedmaple #lindyfralinpickups #bespoke #mallialutherie #guitar #handcrafted
ClampsRUs.  Clamping some laminated solid linings. Hide glue fun!  #customguitar #luthier #lutherie #australianmade #guitar #customguitar #cocobolo #luthier #whatsonyourbench #lovewood #happyfriday
Just last week I had the pleasure and honour of being visited in my workshop by Taylor Guitars Co founder and CEO Kurt Listug. I have had an association with Taylor Guitars that goes back the past 17 years. 
This was the biggest workshop visit since late 2007 when Bob Taylor himself came to visit in my workshop. What a surreal experience! 
Also present at the visit were Keith Brawley VP of sales,T O’Brien VP of Marketing, Monte Montefusco Director of Sales, Rob Magargal Global Service Network Manager and Billy Gill who is responsible for Australian sales. 
The photo of Bob’s Visit in 2007 is with Isaac Ware who was then my apprentice for 3 years.  Isaac is currently full time luthier at Gladesville Guitar Factory and doing great work!  #mallialutherie #luthier #australianluthier #taylorguitars #guitarrepair #whatsonyourbench #workshop
Christmas in it when the postman arrives. #wood #guitarmaker #luthier#whatsonyourbench
Blast from the past. This custom bass I made back in 1993 in today for a new Set of @nordstrandaudio dual coils. Back then I hand made the bridges with my own piezo saddle design... Don’t know where he last 25 years went though........ #custombass #australianmade #luthier #lutherie #crafts #boutiquebass #nordstrandpickups #bassguitar #whatsonyourbench #mallialutherie
So many repairs on lately finally glad to be finishing a custom build that’s lingered in my shop for a while.  Only a couple of hours to go before it’s out.  #luthier #luthery #whatsonyourbench #maple #mahogany #australianmade #bespoke #lovemyjob #customguitar #guitars #mallialutherie
Doing some overdue CAD work for upcoming custom builds with my two design partners Simba and Tela. #catsofinstagram #customguitar #luthier #burmese

“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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