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Dave’s Guitar Shop – La Crosse, Wisconsin

1227 South 3rd Street

La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601

Phone: 608-785-7704

Fax: 608-785-7748

About Dave’s Guitar Shop

Although he bought, traded and sold guitars out of his home in the early years, it wasn’t until 1982 that Dave Rogers rented a 400 square foot space in a vacant dental office in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Dave’s Guitar Shop was born. Armed with a love of guitars and a knack for business, Rogers moved the shop to a few other locations as the business grew, but settled at its current location (1227 S. 3rd St.) in 1993. The facility was expanded to nearly 21,000 square feet in 2000. Now, with over 2500 guitars in stock, Dave’s Guitar Shop is one of the largest independently owned guitar stores in the Midwest, and still growing. 2007 marked Dave’s Guitar Shop’s twenty-fifth anniversary.

Store Hours

  • M-F: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: Closed

Repair

Here at Dave’s Guitar Shop we are proud to have a staff of world class Guitar and Amp technicians. Be it simple guitar setups, restrings, grafting on broken headstocks or restoring timeless classics our techs work at the highest quality. With a shared experience of over 50 years and access to one of the largest collections of historic guitars for reference you can rest assured that your repair or restoration will be completed accurately and with great care and precision.

Our Work

Guild 12-String Guitar Headstock Grafting

When this guitar came in the headstock was cEvan - Headstock Graftingompletely broken off.  Being a 12 string I knew that it would need some extra reinforcement to stay structuraly sound.  I glued the headstock in place and then started to cut away wood from the truss rod to the edge of the neck running from the 5th fret to the A string tuner.  It took hours of cleaning up gluing surfaces and precisely fitting the graft before I could glue it in place.  I then repeated that step on the other side of the neck.  With this repair the only original wood remaing around the break is directly over the truss rods making the finished product basically as strong as a new neck.  Once the neck was refinished you cant even see the original break and only if you look very closely can you see the edges of the grafts.  When the owners of the guitar came to pick it up they thought I had made a whole new neck.  Needless to say they were very excited.  -Evan

Gretsch Flood Damage Restoration

Gretsch Flood Damage RestorationA Customer brought this guitar into us in horrible shape. He had stored this guitar in the basement for a number of years with no issues, however in the fall of 2007 a large flood swept through our area filling his basement, and in turn his guitar, with water for almost a week. Needless to say, by the time he was able to get the guitar out it had been heavily damaged. When he brought this guitar into us it was completely covered in mud and river residue, the electroics were completely shot, and the hardware had begun to oxidize. We began by completely taking apart the guitar. We thoroughly cleaned each part of the guitar, inside and out. Once completed we were actually able to save all the original hardware from the guitar and the finish had withstood the flood. The electronics had to be completely replaced however. Staying true to the guitar we used as much era specific parts as we could find. As you can see, by the time we were done with the guitar you could hardly tell anything had happened to it!

Clapton Pre-Amp Install

Clapton RoutElectronics installs are one of my favorite jobs here at the shop and this project was one of the funnest.  Installing a Clapton pre-amp is more then just a quick wiring job because of the surface mount board.  The board needs to be routed into the body underneath the pickguard.  Setting up the router is the most time consuming part of this job and once the routing in complete the actual wiring takes only a few minutes.  The guitar was then topped off with a fret level and setup. -Evan

Prices & Services

If you are interested in our repair services &restoration services, please contact us

Guitar:
Dan Drieson – (608) 796-9120
Joe Gantzer – (608) 317-1544
Bill Ebert – (507)643-6436 or cell (507)313-4535
Adam Palm – (608)514-3725

Bass:
Tim Powers – (608)498-1481

Ukulele:
Mike B – (608)433-8421

Recent News

Best of Milwaukee – Final Voting!
November 1, 2018 by Ben Meine

Ladies and gentlemen, we need your help one last time! Earlier on, we posted about entering our Milwaukee location in the Shepherd Express “Best of Milwaukee” competition for “Best Musical… READ MORE

Blog

  • Best of Milwaukee 2018 – Cast Your Vote!
    September 20, 2018 by Ben Meine

    Dave’s Guitar Shop came to the greater Milwaukee area in June of 2017. It has been a fantastic fifteen months being able to assist so many more people in finding the instrument… READ MORE

  • ’56 Gretsch Silverjet Gets the Works! – Phil’s Repair Feature
    August 18, 2018 by Ben Meine

    Phil’s back at it again with this beautiful vintage Silverjet. Holy moly, what a breathtaking instrument. It needed the works, though, so here’s Phil to give you the inside scoop!

  • Thriving in Madison!
    August 6, 2018 by Phil Kirst

    To say that the city of Madison, Wisconsin has been nice to Dave’s Guitar Shop would be an understatement by a large margin. Wisconsin has always been a nice home… READ MORE