Empire Guitar Works LLC provides guitar and stringed musical instrument repair, maintenance, and restoration services performed with precision and passion.
We seek to delight our clients by helping them get the most out of their instruments. We are committed to providing world class service and quick turnaround times.
With over 16 years experience repairing tens of thousands of instruments for some of the biggest names in the music industry, luthier Chad Gerbe is thrilled to offer his expert services to Riverside County, the Inland Empire, Southern California, and beyond with
EMPIRE GUITAR WORKS LLC
I'm excited to introduce PLEK Station services, coming to Empire Guitar Works this November/December 2023!
The PLEK Station is a computer controlled device designed to perform extremely accurate fret leveling and crowning, fingerboard preparation for new frets, nut and saddle work, as well as a variety of other functions to help make our guitar repairs as high quality as possible. This upgrade to the shop will help me serve my clients with more efficiency, repeatability, and a higher level of service.
Schedule an evaluation to see if your guitar would benefit from the soon-to-arrive PLEK Station's services! I am so thankful to all of the clients who have helped to make this possible.
-Chad Gerbe, Empire Guitar Works LLC
"Chad has done amazing work, restoring old guitars that I've brought in, making them sound and play like they are supposed to. Always appreciate his attention to detail and love for instruments!"
The West Coast is lucky to have such a talented and skilled guitar doctor. I cannot recommend Chad Gerbe highly enough.”
"Chad Gerbe did two neck sets for me, and they are both stellar! Excellent work, and I am enjoying both of these guitars now immensely.
One was an old Epiphone Emperor archtop from the late 40s, and one was an early 50s Gibson SJ. This man does excellent work!"
"Chad has done all kinds of work on my guitars, from installing pickups to setup and restoration work. When he’s done with them, they always sound sweeter and play easier.”
We are proud to offer factory authorized warranty repair services for the following brands
Member of the Guild of American Luthiers
“I know how frustrating it can be to be limited in my playing by a poorly maintained instrument. I’ve seen too many young players get discouraged and ultimately give up playing because they were suffering through high action, sharp frets, excessive buzz, and noisy electronics. My mission is to provide highly personalized instrument repair and maintenance services for every type and style of musician to help them achieve their creative and performance goals, from reknowned players at the height of their craft to beginners first getting to know their instrument.”
-Chad Gerbe, owner/luthier