Meet the former BC cabinetmaker who’s now a guitar doctor to the stars – BC


If your beloved guitar has met a terrible fate, you may not have to worry – if you can get help from Nicole Alosinac, Guitar Doctor to the Stars of British Columbia.

Alosinac has repaired everything from vintage models to completely demolished guitars.

“I saw a guitar appear in a shopping bag that was smashed in rage – so toothpicks that I pulled up,” Alosinac told Global’s This is BC.

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In fact, Alosinac says she can restore just about anything with ropes.

“Acoustic guitars, electric guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, banjos, sitars,” she said during a break from another busy day at work.

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In her studio, you’ll find a pile of damaged and broken instruments, a pile of projects she hasn’t started yet.

“We affectionately call it Guitar Mountain,” she said.

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Years ago, the former cabinetmaker realized she could use her talents as a carpenter to become a luthier, following her true passion for music.

“It sounds silly, but you have hopes and dreams for the guitar when you build it. You’re like, ‘OK, what are you going to do there? What sounds are you going to make? I want you to sound good. “

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Early in his career, Canadian rocker Randy Bachman brought his unique collection of guitars to Alosinac with all kinds of challenging requests.

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“He would find these broken ones and just say, ‘OK, it’s broken this way, it’s hard to fix, but maybe we can put a sound hole in it or put an inlay in it, or this guitar is too wide for me can you cut it in half that way? “Said Alosinac.

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Since then, she’s handled everything from airline baggage disasters to vacation mishaps. If you have the time and the budget, Alosinac can breathe new life into virtually any cherished instrument.

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“It’ll be like new but it’ll sound just as good as the old one,” she said.

“Almost anything can be saved, but is it worth saving? And if not, at least you have the memory and hopefully a good recording.

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