Since 1997, thousands of players, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the country have turned to Dan for their most challenging and difficult repairs. Top crack on your Taylor? Fractured headstock on your vintage Les Paul? A neck reset on your prewar Martin? When Dan’s finished you’ll forget it ever happened as you return to making music with your favorite partner. Dan began learning his craft in 1996 at Red Wing Technical College (Now Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical) in Red Wing, MN. He and his wife live on the north side of Chicago with their dog, CFW greeter Reese. Dan loves taking in live music and rooting for almost all of Chicago’s sports teams.
Steve began working on guitars in 2000 at Bryan Galloup’s School of Luthiery. Prior to that, he spent 5 years teaching high school English in Chicago and the southwest suburbs. Over the years, Steve has established a reputation as a knowledgeable, honest, and skilled repairman. He particularly enjoys working on guitar electronic repairs and reviving old guitars that have been in hiding for a while. He lives in the Lincoln Square neighborhood with his family and occasional substitute shop-dog Olivia.
Amp Repair and Service (lead technician)
Since 2000, Chicago guitarists and bassists have turned to Pat for complete servicing of their amplifiers. He prides himself on helping musicians “find their tone – the sound that you hear in your head – the way your gear ought to sound.” He trained at the Electronic Institutes of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1985, and has spent the years since focusing on how to get great sounds out of guitar and bass amps. Pat has been a professional bass player and a regular in the Chicago Blues scene for some 25 years, performing and touring with Eddie Clearwater, Willie Kent, and Guy King among others. He also hand-builds the beautiful Fender-inspired Sweet Amplifiers .
Prior to joining Chicago Fret Works in the summer of 2011, Joe was part of the customer support team at Fender Guitars in Scottsdale, AZ. Before that, He taught guitar building at the Roberto Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix. He brings a deep understanding of guitar construction and repair along with a dedication to customer service. Joe now lives in the Wicker Park area of Chicago with his wife and two dogs. When he’s not repairing guitars, he plays Australian Rules Football (an actual sport!) and was a member of the 2012 National Champion Chicago Swans!
Franz Schuck joined Chicago Fret Works in the spring of 2014 and quickly became the go-to guy for most of our day-to-day repairs. He’s also our banjo, dobro, mandolin, and hockey specialist. During his college years, he spent his summers beekeeping in North Dakota and also started Loyola University’s Organic student farm in Woodstock, IL. Franz hopes the bees return to glory soon along with his Chicago White Sox.
Greg grew up in the southwest Chicago suburbs before going to Western Illinois University to study music. After a few years of odd jobs, he decided to attend Bryan Galloup’s School of Guitar Building and Repair. Greg joined Chicago Fret Works in the summer of 2017. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife and dog. When he’s not fixing guitars, he enjoys traveling, playing board games, listening to his record collection and taking photos with his vintage Leica.
Jacob was originally self-taught on electronics but joined Chicago Fret Works in the spring of 2015 after years of experience repairing guitar and bass amps as well as audio and hifi equipment. Like most amp techs, Jacob loves working on classic circuits and vintage tube amps but he’s not afraid of more modern solid state technology either!
The first employee to join CFW, Reese is always happy to see you. He enjoys greeting customers, especially young ones, with a tail wag and the occasional kiss. When he’s not on duty, he likes playing frisbee on the lakefront, camping, and sitting on sofas.
Sometimes Reese needs a day off too. When he does, you’ll often find sweet Livy here to take over tail-wagging duties. She would love it if you’d put down that guitar and throw her ball please.
“Guys, I’m a fan. I have spent thirty years playing and you have the ability to make my guitar play great – finally. The set up today at first scared me only because well, it was new. Now I’m hooked. I'm bringing my two other Fenders in for set ups. Thank you again.”
“You set up my Epiphone Masterbilt over the weekend and it plays gorgeously. Wow, what a nice difference. Very nice work.”
“Thanks for your expert set-up on my Martin. I had been plagued with problems since I purchased it two years ago. It now plays with ease and sounds absolutely wonderful.
I will certainly recommend you to my fellow students at the Old Town School of Folk Music if they are in need of your services.”
“I would like to thank you for the work you did on my Epiphone Les Paul a few weeks ago. The new pickups sound great, the bone nut performs flawlessly, and you did a wonderful job fixing the action. It’s almost as if you transformed it into a Gibson!”
“I brought my 6 string Seagull in to get ‘The Works.’ Your service was great and
my guitar is working wonderfully. Thanks.”
“Thanks for the great fret job and general maintenance on my Martin OM41. It sounds freakin’ awesome again. To quote a famous Austrian immigrant once-Mr. Universe turned action movie hero turned governor turned nanny-boinker: ‘I’ll be back’.”
James C. - Chicago
“To all who have a ‘classic’ guitar, rest assured - the guys at Chicago Fretworks are truly masters! They called at every step to give me updates, and my old Gibson Dove plays better now than when I purchased it over 30 years ago. I highly recommend them to all considering work on your ‘baby’!”
Thanks so much to Patrick and all of you at Chicago Fretworks. The Polytone is restored and has much quieter switching. And the Ampeg Reverborocket, and Mesa Boogie 22 sound better than they ever did. The replaced reverbs are great and the tones of both are singing out with a new grace. Thanks a million. I’ll be back, and will spread the word.