Early 1960’s Gibson ES125. Previous “repairer” used a dowel to fix a loose neck joint then over sprayed a dark tint to hide the dowel. It took a while to soften and scrape away the overspray whilst keeping the original finish underneath intact. Now to rebuild the dovetail, re set the neck/ fill/ touch up the hole in the heel, refret....... #guitarrestoration #guitarrepair #luthier #whatsonyourbench #gibson #es125 #overspray
1938 Martin D-18 Rare Shaded top bridge footprint repair. The last “repairer” left huge gaps under the bridge from missing splinters of spruce. Badly worn pin holes are filled, deep splinters individually patched then a full sized spruce patch is chalk fitted to create a perfectly mating patch that is hide glued in then levelled providing a flat zero gap surface to glue the new bridge on to. Painstaking work but no shortcuts. #vintageguitar #martinguitar #guitarrestoration #restoration #luthier #lutherie #guitarrepair
1965 Epiphone Casino head rebuild.  Going through my  repair archives-I’ve blogged this interesting head repair from 2012  on my website.  #guitarrepair #restoration #epiphonecasino #epiphone #luthier #luthierie #whatsonyourbench #mallialutherie
1930 Dobro repair complete. Loving the sound of the #beardguitars replacement cone. Before it was collected another client walks in with a rare early 1930’s Dobro ukulele for huge side cracks and neck heel damage repair.  Family portrait time..... #dobro #luthier #lutherie #whatsonyourbench #vintageguitar #resonatorguitar #beardresonator #1930s #restoration #ukulele
1930 Dobro Kluson tuners down but not out.  De rusting straightening, replace some missing screws and new buttons fitted and aged (originals shrunken and deteriorated). Some grease and they work amazingly well again.  #dobro #luthier #lutherie #whatsonyourbench #vintageguitar #resonatorguitar #beardresonator #1930s #restoration
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

“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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