What happens when your cherished stringed instrument breaks down, or needs to be serviced? Or what if you wanted your dream guitar to be made from scratch? Enter Sunil Shinde. Shinde is a luthier (a maker of stringed instruments), guitar technician, and proprietor of S.S. Custom Instruments. Affectionately called the guitar doctor, Shinde has been working on instruments for two decades is the go-to-guy for all kinds of repairs. He takes on various guitar repair related tasks, like servicing, parts replacement, modifying, restoring, and refinishing instruments.
We had a chat with him at his new workshop in Charkop about the history of his work, his experience working on a wide variety of instruments, and his bespoke instruments.