We hand make custom guitars, repair and restore the classics.

Get your old classics brought back to life with RB Guitar Repairs! We repair many other stringed instruments, such as Banjos, Mandolins, Violins and Cellos.

About us

My name is Russell Bennett, for nearly 40 years I have been hand crafting custom guitars, repairing the accidents and restoring the classics.

I have a workshop based in County Durham, UK, and now have hand made guitars around the world, including India and Australia.

I take great pleasure in repairing guitars and I'm proud to have brought some old classics back to life.

Hand creafted guitars

Get creative and choose from a wide variety of materials. Wood for the back, top, sides & neck. Machine heads of all shapes and sizes, Custom frets & fret board and Custom Inlaying.


I have seen guitars in all kinds of conditions over the years and have made some fantastic transformations. If you have a guitar in need of some attention, please get in touch. Everything from strings and frets to holes and resprays can be done.


We restore the quality back into old classic guitars which need bringing back to life. There really is nothing we can't do!


Please take a look at our packages below. Please dont hesitate to contact us for a quote if you have any special requirements.


Standard from £3000

Exotic Hand build custom from £4999

Price upon request for the following:

Standard binding

Machine heads

Call us on 07596 647124 for more information


Nots Bone £35

Set up £40

Fret dressing (Acoustic & Electric) £78

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Standard re-fret £130

Re-fret with ebony fingerboard £130

Re-fret with bound fingerboard £140

Re-fret with lacquered neck £145

Partial refret £15

Price upon evaluation for the following:

Neck break

Bridge regluing

Structural repairs

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Bodies £250

Sunburst £300

Opaque £240

Shaded clear £250

Clear neck £80

Tinted neck £120

Maple fingerboard £45+

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An example of one of my guitar's being used in the recording studio

This is one of my R25 custom quilted maple guitars, which is being performed by Andrew Ingledew in Hartlepool school recording studio.

Some of our work

Below is a gallery of just some of the custom guitars, repairs and resortation we have done.

Our testimonials

  • I would totally recommend Russell at RB guitars for all maintenance and repairs. Top bloke, a craftsman and a magician rolled into one! Case repaired by me personally with all my DIY skills and creative imagination.

    Sean Van Voorhees View testimonial here...
  • Russell Bennett's work is always executed to the highest of standard. He has done work, including fret work, refinishing, set ups and replacing electrics on several of my guitars. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him to any discerning guitarist / musician.

    Brian Dobson
  • Russell has recently sorted the neck and frets on my new Ibanez, which now plays and feels 100% better. Any guitarist can confidently leave their most precious instruments in his care and can be certain that whatever needs doing, they will get a better guitar back. I'm taking my Martin for a service next and I know Russell's skills and care will improve an already excellent guitar.

    Stuart Langford
  • I took my Fender Strat to get the frets leveled and dressed and a new nut fitted as the guitar was playing really badly and needed some serious attention. After collection I took it home and plugged it in and had a few minutes playing it and I can honestly say that since the day I bought it six years ago it has never felt or sounded so good. Russell has done an excellent job and I will definitely be bringing the rest of my guitars in for servicing. Russell not only being a very talented guitar repairs technician is also a lovely person. Thanks Russell, I'll be seeing you again soon!

    Kenneth Samuel Charles Mercer View testimonial here...
  • Absolutely gorgeous guitars Russell is ridiculously talented so if you purchase one it will be money well spent!

    Louise Taylor View testimonial here...
  • A real craftsman makes some of the best guitars and does incredible repairs the guys a geneious.

    Andrew Ingledew View testimonial here...
  • Fantastic repair and restoration job on my 14 year old Kevin Parsons parlour guitar. It now looks like new and plays better than ever. Beautiful workmanship.

    Malcolm Kemp View testimonial here...