I have been trusting Misha with my instruments for over 15 years. Most of the instruments I bring to him are rare Mexican instruments, and old guitars, including a 1890 European Parlour Guitar. He always does excellent work, whether it’s repairing an instrument, installing a pick-up or simply doing a set-up. His is prompt and reasonably priced. I highly recommend him.
I have had 2 fabulous guitars with Brazilian rosewood; one is a Bill Lewis nylon the other is a Gurian steel string. Both of these incurred airplane mishandling – 6 months apart! Misha repaired a 24 inch crack in one and a 26 inch in the other. You would be hard pressed to find either of the original cracks. Misha has also done setups, intonation, fret dressing & trust rod adjustments to my Bourgeois OM & mandola. His prices are always fair and my instrument always comes back looking better as a result of a unique French polish he uses. I’ve had various people set up or repair my valued instruments over the years, several good ones, but I think Misha is the best as I trust him with my instruments. I highly recommend him.
HAVE YOUR GUITARS SET UP BY A MASTER! I could have just said to have it setup. String height, intonation, fret job. But I have had mine done by masters and by people who just claim to know how to do a setup. The difference is staggering. My guitar (master) knows what I like. He knows how I play. He knows I use 9 gauge strings. He knows how I like my nut filed. He makes it all work. When he retires, I will be a very sad guitar guy.
Misha treats his craft and every detail of his work as a legacy to his customer. I’ve gone to his workshop with damaged guitars many times, and I would dare to say they sound and feel better than they did before they got wrecked. When someone asks me if I know someone who can revive their instruments, I’m always proud to tell the about Misha. I know for sure I’ll be thanked for the intel.
Misha has been my Guitar Technician for over a decade; His Excellent Service, Meticulous Attention to detail and Craftsmanship, clearly is above and beyond anyone in this Business! As long as I am on this planet, Misha will be the only Guitar Tech for Me! Every time a Guitar comes back to me after He’s worked on it…that Instrument is more Beautiful than ever before…in every way possible!!
I’ve had Misha work on everything from my electric basses to my concert classical guitar. He does masterful work and leaves out no details. Definitely one of the best on the West Coast!
For years I entrusted all my acoustic guitar repairs and setups to Misha. He really understood my needs as a player and his work was always of the highest calibre. I’d still be using him today if I didn’t live a thousand miles away!
“For the past nine years I have taken various guitars from my collection to Misha Udovenko for repair. Sometimes the work was of the order of a guitar setup, sometimes a disconnected neck on my ukulele!
In all cases, Misha has restored my instruments to top condition and playability. He takes great pride and care in his work, and it shows!
On my Gretsch archtop, he fashioned a wood base plate to bring the pickups closer to the strings. Beforehand the distance from pickup to strings was overly far, compared to other archtops. The neck was already at a perfect straight angle, so his solution gave the tone much greater presence and fullness! Plus it looked both sleek and discreet!
This was another wonderful improvement to my guitars! May I add that prices are very reasonable, work is done on time, and last but not least, he is an incredible human being! I recommend him most highly!”
I’ve been servicing my acoustic and electric guitars with Misha for more than 10 years by now.
I am very pleased with quality of Misha’s work. My guitars always sound great and are joy to play.
Misha’s luthier skills are second to none. I highly recommend Misha!
As a classical guitarist I have long known that guitars built in Spain by the late Ignatio Fleta are some of the most desirable instruments in the world. A cello maker by trade, Fleta dedicated himself wholly to making classical guitars after a chance meeting with Andres Segovia in Barcelona. His guitars have a dark, old world sound with incredible sustain and singing trebles. But they also have a reputation for being hard to play.
A few years ago I had a strange dream that I was buying a Fleta at an auction. I shrugged it off assuming it would never happen. But a month later I heard that a 1975 Fleta was coming up for auction at Christies in New York City. Well, it seemed destined that I try to get it. It was totally nuts but during the event I bid for it over the phone, never having played the instrument. It was the dream you see. How else would I have been crazy enough to place the winning bid of $24,000!
I had it shipped to Vancouver and when it arrived I was awestruck. It was dark, very dark, like an old cello. And it sounded like one too. It was just what I wanted. But I also realized pretty quickly that it was a bear of a guitar to play. Incredible tone, like something out of history, but oh my poor left hand! Over the years it called to me frequently to pick it up and play it. But as I prepared for my ARCT in classical guitar I had to keep putting it down in favor of a less interesting instrument that was easier to play. So I kept it as a collectors’ guitar, playing it once in a while to reconfirm that I wasn’t up to it. But it always bugged me.
A couple of years ago I heard that Misha Udovenko could do wonders with guitars so I called him and arranged a consultation for the Fleta. I told him that I was sick of just looking at the guitar and that I wanted to play it. I wanted it to be a players’ guitar, my playing guitar.
Misha recommended a resurfacing of the fingerboard, refret with larger frets, custom work at the nut, adjustment of the action of certain strings and a custom fossil bridge insert to narrow the distance between the strings. It took me a while to decide whether to go ahead. I knew that as a collector I should just leave the guitar unmodified, but then I wouldn’t be able to play it. As a player I wanted to go ahead in hopes of making this my guitar for a lifetime. After some considerable handwringing I told him to make the changes.
The results were extraordinary. The action is now soft and perfect. The frets are friendly and my accuracy seems so much greater. The tone is exquisite. Best of all, I am no longer afraid to play it. It is, finally the guitar I originally dreamed about and wanted. So now I play my Fleta every day. I am planning to use it in my performances and upcoming examination. Misha has turned this instrument from a collectors’ guitar into a players’ dream. Thank you so much Misha.