Making a new bridge for this 1934 Martin Style  BB Mandola.  The original was missing so from photos of originals as well as the original bridge imprints on the spruce top a bridge was made to replicate the original ebony bridge. #vintagemartin #luthier #whatsonyourbench #martinguitars #mandola #ebony #mallialutherie
Just completed the conversion from Hawaiian to Spanish on this beautiful 1927 O-28K. Lots of brace  work, bridge re shape and bridge plate repairs as well as fingerboard re shape from flat to radius, bar fret re fret and neck re set. A lot of work needed  in different areas to culminate in good geometry that is in keeping with Spanish setup guitars of it’s era.  Ready for another 100 years of playing... And such a treat to hear its owner Skip Sail run it through its paces so beautifully.  #vintagemartin #martinguitars #guitarrestoration #luthier#whatsonyourbench #koa #vintageguitars #mallialutherie #australianluthier #lovemyjob
This beautiful 1927  O-28k on the bench this week for conversion from Hawaiian to Spanish. Such beautiful golden Koa on this one.  The conversion involves bridge and board subtle reshaping, re fret with original bar style frets and a neck re set amongst some more routine bridge plate and brace repairs.  #vintagemartin #martinguitars #whatsonyourbench #luthier #guitarrestoration #koa #guitarrepairs
It’s been a flat out year with many restorations and building on.  Here’s a shot of some recent custom builds in progress. Posting on social media is what you do after cutting up your left hand and not able to work for a day or two right?  #australianmade #luthier #mallialutherie #whatsonyourbench #custombass#customacoustic
1931 00-21 just completed came in for new bridge to replace the original shaved down bridge, brace work, neck reset, and re shape/re fret the unoriginal flat shape fingerboard which was chunky and square to a more period correct radius and shape. Stunning sounding guitar.  #vintageguitar #martinguitars #guitarrestoration #luthier#mallialutherie#whatsonyourbench
Just completed the refurb of this 2008 Mallia single cut which I’ve used as a demo bass.  A re fret and new finish and it’s off to its new home in QLD strung  E - C. Figured Australian cedar over tassie Blackwood core.Nordstrand dual coils with Aguilar OBP3  pre.  #luthier #boutiquebass #whatsonyourbench #australianluthier #australiancedar #nordstrandpickups #aguilaramp
I had the pleasure of repairing this beautiful Lowden for Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol after it was damaged on stage at the Sydney Opera House gig last Sunday. Some beautiful tunes have been written and played on this box!  #Repost @garysnowpatrol with @get_repost
Thank you so much to @mallialutherie for dropping everything and spending the last two days fixing my favourite guitar after it literally exploded on stage at the opera house. The job you did on it is amazing. Can’t thank you enough Jeff! #lowdenguitars
1937 Martin 0-18 in rare original shaded top on the bench for a new bridge and other work. So nice to see in such good condition.  #vintagemartin #mallialutherie #guitarrestoration #luthier #guitarrepair #whatsonyourbench
This 35” 5 string custom order bass I made back in 2001 came in for a tweak yesterday. Used for several gigs a week since it was made and still in remarkable condition. #custombass #madeinaustralia #australianmade #luthier #whatsonyourbench #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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