Guitar repair & setup workshop in Manchester, UK

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About Me

Jack Ellis

Who am I?

My name is Jack Ellis, I am a luthier based in Cheetham Hill, Manchester.  I take great pride in my work.I find setting up and repairing instruments very enjoyable and rewarding as I have always had a keen interest in how things work.

Many of my customers recommend their friends or often come in as repeat customers.  Its very rewarding to see and hear an instrument play better than when it came in and even more complimentary to have that person recommend me to someone else.

Please ask me about anything – any problem with your instrument I can either fix or advise the best course of action to take in order to help you get on with playing!


Before starting my own workshop, I worked for Sheehan's Music Services, as a full-time repairer. I dealt with setups, repairs and regularly gave advice to customers. There I worked closely with the experienced guitar builder Colin Keefe of Keefe Guitars who helped me further my knowledge as a professional guitar repairer. I also worked alongside, Bob Dayfield a well established and respected repairer in Leicestershire

After moving to Salford University to study I quickly began to setup other students' guitars and other instruments. Having major success that year constantly taking on guitars I decided to found Jack's Instrument Services independently to offer my luthier services to Greater Manchester.

From 2009 to June 2012 I worked in a home based workshop taking on an ever expanding array of electric guitars, basses, acoustics and some other interesting stringed instruments. I crammed that workshop full of specialist tools, weird rare guitar parts and more parts until I couldnt fit any more in....

In july 2012

Cheetham Hill workshop!

In July 2012 I secured a new premises in Cheetham Hill Much bigger and better - somewhere I make make as much noise and mess as I want!

The Crew

Adan Dolan, Tom mills guitar repairers

From Left to right: Adam Dolan, Tom Mills and Jack Ellis

Adam has experience building guitars and basses from scratch as Dolan Custom Guitars based in Manchester. Tom is a Furniture designer at his own company ifsodoso

Dolan custom guitars                                  if so do so furniture design

Great to be working alongside these two who have just as much of a keen eye as I do!