Dave Thomas Guitar Repair

Central Virginia's Premier Guitar Repair 

and Rebuilding Source

About Dave Thomas Guitar Repair

Whether it's a minor setup, major repair, custom job, or restoration, Dave Thomas Guitar repair does it all.  Dave Thomas has over 30 years of repair and building experience, and spent many of those years at Richmond Music Center as lead repair technician. With his personal commitment to quality, it's no wonder so many local and regional musicians, whether seasoned professionals or those just getting started, choose Dave Thomas Guitar Repair for all their work.

Our Services

These prices are for full setup on guitars and basses. Includes adjustments to neck, bridge, pickups, and tuners. We will also clean and oil fretboard, polish frets, set intonation, open and lubricate nut slots, and check and clean elctronics (if needed). Pickup replacement - call for best estimate. With or without pickguard, active or passive, as well as the type of guitar can vary prices, with $35 - $80 on average for single/multiple. Other elctronic work and hot-rodding as per quoted when inspected. Any other work needed is additonal, and I will call you with an estimate, unless quoted at time of inspection. Any repairs or mods not described here, please call me and I will get you a quote. Minimum Bench Fee is $25


Dave:  I am so pleased with my bass. It plays and sounds great. Incredible tone. Can't put it down!   Thanks!


Dave: I finally had a chance to take the SG and Teles out of the cases.  I turned on the Fender DRRI and Fulltone Plimsoul and tested them all out.  I can honestly say I felt like I had 3 new guitars.  No comparison to how they played before you got your hands on them.  I am having a blast with these and cannot wait for the weekend. Thanks for the great work!  I am blown away by the difference in all three guitars.  I loved them before, now they are just incredible and I feel so lucky to have each one.

David S.

Dave: You are a master of your craft.  Glad to have found you.  There will always be more guitars.


Hey Dave - I'm blown away by your work. These are the best playing guitars I've ever owned. The 7 way switch is going to be a 'must have' for me from now on. I grew up in Akron, Ohio and had a strat setup back then at Lay's guitar shop which, is a pretty respected shop nationally. That was the best setup I've ever had until now. I'm not a great player but I know guitars and your work is impeccable. I can't wait for the custom build. I'll be in touch in the next week or so with a deposit and and buy the custom strat in July. In August, I'd like to have you work over my old Charvel and Kramer that I mentioned. I also have an Epi Sorrento that could use some of your magic as well. Thanks!

Chris L.

Dave has worked on my guitars for over 20 years. I trust him. I love the way he makes them feel and sound. His knowledge of pickup tones has helped me make great guitars sound even more amazing. You know that sound in your head you have been searching for? Dave can help you find it. After I get a guitar back from Dave, I just don't want to stop playing it. Thanks Dave, you rock! 

Mike L.

(Affirmative Groove)

 Dave has been working on my guitars for almost 20 years! He customized my Stratocaster into a Dave Gilmore type strat but better! He sets up guitars better than anyone I have ever used. He also does my acoustic guitars, mandolin and banjo. Not much this guy can't do and his consulting on guitars is also superb. I highly recommend Dave Thomas Guitar Repair!

Will H.

(Focal Point Band and The Troublemakers) 

Just got an Epiphone guitar for Christmas. Dave set it up for me including some neck adjustments, etc. My guitar sounds and plays awesome!

 - Justin S.

Special Thanks to Dave Thomas. For customizing my 05 strat. New tuners. New pick guard toggle switch for different pick up combinations. She's a Beauty that rocks!

 Dave, I can't thank you enough for the fantastic job of setting up and installation of your pick-ups in my Les Paul. The clarity and the sustain of the guitar is amazing. The job you did on the tuners and frets as well as setting the intonation makes this instrument a dream to play. I had my first gig with it last night and the guitar stayed in tune even through drop tuning several times. Amazing! Simply Amazing. The SG is next! 

Dave S.


Time to take my latest 6 string acquisition for a PM test drive. Thanks Dave Thomas, for the set up. 

Sam P.


It’s Brian, the Ibanez guy.

When  you spend years with an instrument, you bond with it on some level. It  gets to be like your voice in a way. What an amazing experience to get  my guitar back, and discover that my voice is now clearer, richer,  louder and vastly more articulate. Like my balls dropped, and with a  bunch of new dialects to speak in, too.

I  got to play a Prestige Custom J-Craft Puzzle Top Ibanez RG a few times.  That’s from a limited run of 30 guitars built by Ibanez’ top luthiers  & craftsmen, and ran around 3k.

I  would not hesitate to say that your setup & fret work are superior  to those I played on that guitar. The voodoo you worked on my guitar  lets me play for hours now, accommodating my RSI/CTS issues in ways I  didn’t think were possible. I can play again!! New ideas keep popping  out of my fretboard because the playability & tones are so  inspiring.

(Not to mention having all of it done a week earlier than expected…)

Thank you, sir, for your wizardry!

I’ll be bringing more your way soon.

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Dave Thomas Guitar Repair

(804) 229-4877

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