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Just to say... thanks again, Pedro, for the fantastic job you did on my tiple, and to the two old mandolins I've brought in - you've given them all a whole new lease of life, and I can't imagine letting anyone else fix my instruments!
All the best,
Gonna just parrot everyone else here, but Pedro is a totally lovely dude with a keen eye and a compulsion to make things as good as possible. I took my Dingwall SJ5 in to have a J-Retro installed and while he was doing it he kindly sorted out some worn frets, adjusted the pickup polarities, and gave the bass a bit of an all-round setup. Didn't ask him to do all that stuff, but he did because he's a legend. I was even able to pick it up just a few hours after I dropped it off, even though he had other people coming and going with more jobs. And the word "reasonable" is used a lot on this page for a reason.
Absolutely, definitely go to this guy if you need anything done. I might decide to get a battery cavity drilled into the back of my Dingwall (very, very scary) and this is the man I'd trust to do it.
My PRS Bernie needed a little attention. Pickups cutting out and some fretbuzz. Tuning not too stable. While I was there Pedro did some work on the nut which solved the tuning issue. He also adjusted the truss rod. I left it with him for some fretwork and it was ready the following day. It plays and sounds better than ever. Lovely work and a really nice guy. Very quick and a very reasonable price. Highly recommended.
literally the best guitar set-up I've ever had! my guitar went in feeling a bit sad and came back the next day feeling all happy and singing sweet. Pedro is highly knowledgeable, he has great skills. he has now become my favourite luthier.
I used Pedro for the first time last week. I dropped off an ageing and slightly decrepit Washburn acoustic on Friday. It was ready on Monday with new frets, a proper set up, a good clean and new strings, not to mention a strap button fitted and the pickup adjusted. The cost was way below what I expected to pay and to cap it all off, Pedro is a genuinely nice man and a gentleman to boot. He also does good restaurant tips in Hove if you need 'em! Thanks so much Pedro. It's like getting a new guitar.
I have taken countless guitars to Pedro over the years. Whether it's a setup, re-fretting, or a job as complicated as having an acoustic guitar converted from right to left-handed, Pedro always does an amazing job. I wouldn't trust anybody else with my guitars.
Pedro came highly recommended by numerous people and for good reason.
Pedro rewired and re-set my Eastwood Savannah guitar and it sounds and plays better than ever. Really great work!
A friendly and swift service, I recommend him very highly, and looking forward to having him work his magic on my other guitars.
A number of people told me that my snapped headstock was an impossible repair. The guitar lay in it's case under a bed trying to be forgotten until Pedro was recommended to me and I summoned the strength to revisit the problem.
He was up for the challenge, showed me his plan and seemed keen for it to join his other success stories.....which of course it did.
Still rocking 2 years on and the only way you'd know is because I like to tell the tale.
And the bill was more than reasonable (should the people responsible for snapping it ever care!)
I have sent a number of guitars to Pedro asking: 'please make this easy to play and sound good'. Without exception they have come back feeling like new to play, and set up very well. The most challenging one was an unusual hand-built replica of a Rickenbacker 12-string electric which had potential: after Pedro's precision work it came back humming beautifully, nice action, no fret buzz.
The saddle on my nylon cracked and I needed a good repair fast! Pedro raplaced saddle and setup action as I had specified within a day! Superb service and a very safe pair of hands to entrust your guitar to. We chatted about other work I needed on my other guitars and will be asking him to do the business real soon. Many thanks Pedro!
Pedro is very professional and polite, with fixes and setups fairly priced, he knows what he's doing. Fixed and setup my Nevada SG and now plays like a dream.
'i use Pedro exclusively now for all my set ups and fixes, high
quality work, fast and very fairly priced. He's the man.'
Absolutely fantastic service, and great value, too. Really brought my Tele back to life!
I've used Pedro since 2010. He's repaired and setup my electric guitars, basses and acoustics making them so much more pleasurable to play. He's also performed custom mods on my instrument with no fuss. My instruments always come back clean and polished which demonstrates his attention to detail. I highly recommend Pedro and I wish I knew of him sooner.
My Jackson 7 String took some serious damage a few days ago. The frets were smashed in and it had a big chip to the body work. Pedro is the man!!! He took ONE DAY to fix it, the frets are 10 times better than they originally were it plays like a dream! The chip is gone, amazing and he even setup the pickups just right. The whole guitar is just perfect. Cant say enough, excellent job, reasonably priced and quick turn around. He will be getting all my business in the future.
Pedro is a wizard, did a fantastic job on both my Guitar and Bass, if you need any work done on your instruments take them to this guy you will not be disappointed, great work Pedro thanks again!.
Absolutely fantastic service, amazingly fast as well. The most well-organised and helpful guitar specialist I have ever met; call some of his ideas madcap, I call them genius.
Pedro has worked on 3 of my guitars including converting a right-handed guitar to left-handed. I was very impressed with his service and will definitely use again - I have already recommended Pedro to many people.
I took my strat to Pedro as it needed a set up, fret dressing and split in the headstock needed glueing together. The guitar was in a bit of a mess following previous work being done quite poorly but Pedro has got it playing better than ever!
I needed my double bass's action lowered and Pedro's number was passed on to me as someone who I should contact. Although he doesn't normally deal with double bass's he said he would have a look at it - he did a great job, very quickly and for a great price!
Very happy, thank you Pedro!
I have had my guitars set up by countless other people, but no one has fully satisfied me with their work other than Pedro. Very quick and perfect service, and all for an excellent price!
This man is brilliant and a perfectionist with great attention to detail. Really friendly service and super affordable. Fixed my guitar and it now plays better than ever. Im really happy to have found somebody i can trust to do a good job, will definitely be my go to guy from now on. couldn't recommend more. Thanks Pedro 🙂
Pedro is the best, fastest and most reliable guitar specialist I’ve ever dealt with. I can trust him to deliver on any job, large or small, and he never lets me down. He’s my number one back-up guy for all my gear.
I would not hesitate to recommend Pedro for any work needed on your guitar, his attention to detail, the quality of his workmanship and turnaround time are all first-rate. A man who clearly has a passion for ensuring guitars play, sound and look at their very best, as evidenced by the fabulous job he carried out on my 59' Danelectro, the fretboard and action of which now plays like a dream! Jeff
I've lived in Brighton for a long time now and there aren't many good guitar repair man around and I can honestly say that Pedro is probably one of the best I've come across in town. He's honest and highly skilled at what he does, he has sorted out all my guitars and I hardly ever need to see him, unlike other guys who told me that they've sorted it out and same problem comes back in few month time.
Pedro had done an amazing job fixing a broken neck on my SG Custom. The guitar was ready to pick up in just under a week and he was available from the very first phone call. Ten out of ten repair along with a beautiful set up and set of strings, highly recommended, Thanks Pedro!
I have used Pedro's services many times. He's brilliant, quick and have very reasonable prices. I've recommended him to my fellow musicians and since then many of them have traveled from far away to have his expertise applied to acoustic and electric instruments. As I run a website that specialize in how to learn guitar I have a lot of guitar related equipment, Pedro has looked at most of it and sorted all my problems. Very happy 🙂 -Dan www.spytunes.com
First time going to Pedro today and it was the best and most efficient work I've had done on any instrument, highly recommend to anyone, really friendly and did a great job sorting out my p bass witch was in a state before hand!
I had a serious problem with my Floyd Rose bridge on my Ibanez guitar, not functioning in the way it was supposed to at all. Not only did Pedro perfectly fix, clean and set up my guitar, he also explained what exactly was wrong with it and gave me some great advice afterwards. All in all it was a very friendly, quick, and justly priced service. The best guitar service I've had and I recommend anyone with a guitar problem to see this legend.
Pedro is great! Guitars sound so good after he's dealt with them. Really nice guy too! Would recommend him to anyone.
Pedro just refretted my Les Paul using Gold Evo wire, it looks, sounds and plays fantastically. The job was done very quickly, no fuss, and the price was right.
A big recommendation for Pedro and I certainly will return for guitar work.
Fantastic guitar tech and really nice guy he knows his stuff very well and dosnt try to rip you off. I wouldn't go to anybody else and will be taking all my guitars to him in the future.
Pedro was fantastic. He gave me so much time for nothing when discussing my guitar and explaining my options to me it was obvious how much he loves working on instruments. He totally improved the feel and sound of my instrument. It has been a joy to play ever since. I would not go anywhere else now unless I absolutely had to.
Pedro did a great job on my Strat, restoring it to great working conditions! It was done fast and it's great to have someone who you can talk to and really understands what you need - after many years of lousy jobs from other guitar repairers that don't even give you 5 minutes to explain what you want, Pedro is a breadth of fresh air and I will go back to him with more work. I've already recommended him to my fellow musicians friends. Also, on top of this, price was very fair. Thank you Pedro.
I'd recently bought a brand new Yamaha semi acoustic 12 string and had assumed that this was the best that it could be. However, a friend suggested that the set up could be improved and recommended Pedro. After he's worked his magic, it really does sound like a new guitar! Well worth every penny.
I`ve been going to Pedro for my guitar modifications, repairs, setups etc etc for 4/5 years now,
the man is very trustworthy, reliable, very professional and very very helpful.
I always recommend his services to my friends and he never let them down.
5 stars is not enough
Thanks to Pedro my "main squeeze" Gibson has been restored to its former glory . Thanks Pedro great job !,
Pedro did a fantastic job on my Les Paul. New pickups, new bridge, fantastic set up and he even cleaned it up. It plays and sounds fabulous. Obrigado
Asked Pedro to take some of the lacquer off the neck of one of my guitars. He did a great job, and also made some further adjustments to the fingerboard, nut, pickup balancing and more. Very quick turnaround, great price and a really nice guy to boot!
Many thanks Pedro!
Pedro has fixed three of my basses now and I can't recommend his work higher. He saved an acoustic bass with a useless truss rod, a fender jazz with tuning issues and done a service on my precision bass.
He's got a real knack for listening and talking things through and was happy to cap a fee on the amount of work being done. Brilliant prices and genuinely did an incredible job. He's also a really nice guy and clearly wants the best for your instrument and you. Easily 5* and well above the rest. You won't regret choosing him.
I am a professional musician and have taken 4 of my guitars to Pedro now, acoustic, electric and bass. All have come back feeling better than they did when I bought them - man's just got the skills - nuff said.
Best - Nelson
Pedro is a true professional, he is very honest and knows his craft, I have taken at least five guitars to him over the last four months and he has done a fantastic job at bringing them up to maximum playability. I unreservedly recommend Pedro without any hesitation, he is a thoroughly nice guy and really does know his stuff - I have been totally happy with his work, and he charges very reasonable rates too!
My treasured Hofner Verythin with Bigsby released itself from the strap and crashed to the ground pushing the jack plug and socket into the body by some way and shattering the surrounding internal supports for the jack socket. After pulling out the lead, the socket was so loose it was impossible to plug in another lead.
Pedro repaired the guitar in record time, saving the binding and even gluing back the broken parts of varnish around the jack socket. The result was amazing! The guitar sounds beautiful! And he even kindly adjusted the pick up heights, action and intonation as the strings were catching in the nut when using the vibrato. Such great and friendly service for a most reasonable price!
Will definitely use Pedro's services again. Highly recommended!!!
Pedro Martins is just amazing, he brought back to life my old Gibson! Highly recommend his services.
Pedro is a skilled, knowledgeable and thorough luthier. He is always helpful and friendly to deal with.
We are a very busy music shop that sells 2nd hand and vintage guitars so i will get straight to the point:
Mudpie Music simply couldn't exist without this guy!!! Pedro services all of our guitars in need and does the best job not only in Brighton but probably in the whole country...you'd be mad to go elsewhere.
The back of my ukulele had serious damage; a large crack between the back and the side. Pedro fixed this up in a day. Repair scar hardly noticeable. Great service, great price, wouldn't use anyone else.
I took my 1964 Epiphone cortez with a cracked bridge to Pedro. The original bridge was made of plastic & was hollow, totally baffling but this was how it was originally made. Pedro managed to save & painstakingly fix the original bridge & systematically honed every part of the guitar. I was absolutely stunned & beyond impressed with how much care & attention Pedro put into restoring my guitar & for a great price. I also took my factory bought American 65 reissue Fender Jazz in for a set up & again the attention to detail put into the set up means the guitar plays & sounds better then ever! I play guitar on tour with the Manic Street Preachers & will be taking all my guitars to Pedro from here on in, thank you Pedro:)
First-class service, very quick and expertly executed - good value, too. I would not hesitate to return to Pedro in future.
fixed my bass and was the best service I ever seen , sounds better than when was new. I would recommend to anyone who need any instrument fixed . 10 out 0f 10. great.
Lovely job! I brought in a 1920s English mandolin that hadn't apparently been played in decades; Pedro checked it out, saw an older repair, worked out an inexpensive way to make it all work again, and it's great - possibly replacing my Gibson! I'd recommend him to anyone.
Every single guitar I get, no matter if it's brand new, second hand, vintage or even broken, always goes straight to Pedro first, to make sure it's the best it can be. Pedro has never let me down and never gives up, even when I handed him an unplayable bass guitar with a mangled twisted neck, he worked his magic and gave me back a superb instrument! Everyone I've recommended him to has come back with the same lavish praise. To top it all off, he's a damn fine fellow too!
Thank you Pedro for taking the time to really go into detail with me over the mods to my Suhr.
I use my guitars for work every day and they have to right and work the way I expect them too.
I would recommend Pedro and will be using him in the future I'm sure. Good price, very fast turn around and a nice bloke too!
Best in Brighton and hove
I have been playing guitar professionally for many years & enjoyed a career that has taken me all over the globe.In that time I have had a lot of work done on a lot of instruments by a lot of the worlds leading luthiers.
Since settling in Brighton a couple of years ago other industry professionals have raved about Pedro and after taking my beloved Gibson 175 CC to him for some much needed TLC I can confirm he is an absolute genius.He managed to set my guitar up exactly how I wanted (unlike most others) raising frets,reshaping the nut,shaving the neck,cleaning the pots,lacquering the back of the neck,reinforcing the pick guard & giving it a thorough cleaning a restring all at a great price.
I will not be going anywhere else in the future - AMAZING in fact PERFECT
Pedro did a great job refretting my vintage Fender Jaguar. Nice chap too!
Pedro is first-class. He was highly recommended by Alfie in Trafalgar Street and has now done impressive setups on two guitars for me. He is fast, efficient, expert at diagnosing problems, inventive in finding solutions, and very good value.
I had a very respected instrument repairer telling me my K Yairi acoustic was beyond repair. The neck was bowing and the truss rod had no more adjustment. Alfie at Alfie's Musical Instruments put me onto Pedro. He fixed it with a 5p washer as a shim for the truss rod! He then set the guitar up properly and it was transformed. It is now absolute pleasure to play. i then gave him a 50 year old Gibson classical that he also worked his magic on. Another guitar rescued and at very reasonable rates. Highly recommended.
I usually go to the closest guitar shop to me for a setup job, but having been recommended Pedro by a friend I thought I'd travel the extra distance as I heard he was the best in Brighton/Hove and I needed my basses set to their best for use in the studio. I just got them back in very good time and they play amazingly. Pedro fixed where my strap pins had come loose and even aligned the tone knobs back to their proper positions (cheers for that!) It's these extra touches of care that make the difference and mean I will make the effort to use his services again. Thanks
Pedro's work is second to none - I dropped in a guitar to him at 2pm, and it was in my hands by 6pm! Admittedly it was not a big job, and you shouldn't expect such quick turnaround - I mention it because he's not the kind of guy who'll let a backlog of guitars pile up for weeks on end. Pedro gets the job done, at one of the best prices in Brighton. All of my clients will be directed his way for their servicing needs.
I've taken a couple of my guitars to Pedro now and they always come back good as new, if not better. Set ups are always really thorough, and good value for money.
Keep up the good work Pedro!
Over the moon with the work Pedro did on my guitar! His attention to detail and passion for guitar repairs is very impressive. I had my 1971 Les Paul gold top re-fretted and was really worried as it was the first time I'd been to see Pedro but not only did he do an amazing job re- fretting the guitar, he went above and beyond fixing lots of other details on the guitar - extremely happy - thanks loads Pedro!
" Pedro has sorted out many of our guitars over the years. From turning around eBay quick buys into working pieces of art to setting up and servicing our super regular trusty steeds in-between tours. He has always achieved excellent results, very often above expectations.
Not only is he very reasonably priced but he is easy to deal with and fast if its needed.
I continue to recommend him to anyone needing any work on any stringed instrument. ".
Pedro, you are a genius. My acoustic needed some TLC on the neck which was a mess. Pedro sorted it whilst I waited for a reasonable price so now all is well. I trust no one else with my instruments and nor should you. Go and see him now! My guitar now plays great. Thanks Pedro.
Pedro isn't human. He's some kind of part guitar/part magnifying glass, string wizard.
Trustworthy, honest, speedy and well priced.
He's saved my arse 3 times now. LONG LIVE PEDRO.
Pedro is highly skilled, very resonable, and really easy to work with. He perform miracles on my mandolin and my old Martin D15. Recommended without reservation
Pedro is great, fast and cheap. He spent so much time explaining to me all the changes that he would make to my Fender Strat that I thought it would take months (as previously observed with other Brighton-based luthiers)... but it only took three days! Cost was also minimal and the works performed gave a second (maybe third at this stage) life to my beloved guitar. Could not recommend more. I will not use anyone else in the future.
Ditto with what everyone else is saying here really - the man is a bit of a legend. Think i've taken about 4 or 5 guitars to him now, acoustics & electrics of various calibre & two things you can be sure of with Pedro are, 1.) he knows what he's doing & 2.) he doesn't rip musicians off. Genuinely nice guy too.
Pedro does excellent work, quickly and for a very reasonable price. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing work done on their guitar. Not to mention he's a really nice guy. 10/10
Pedro has now set-up and repaired 4 guitars for me, 2 acoustics, 1 archtop and 1 electric. All have come back playing, looking and most importantly sounding better than they ever have done. Pedro is a lovely guy to deal with, but more than that, he is knowledgable and has a wealth of musical experience which always makes for a great conversation. I would thoroughly recommend that you use him.
Pedro works wonders. I loved my old Fender Jaguar but it was becoming an ornament rather than a guitar you wanted to play. The Music Room pointed me in Pedro's direction and one week later I had a Jag that stayed in tune, didn't let the strings jump on the saddles and did not buzz. I have just picked up the Telecaster and Sonoran I left last week and once again I have two greatly improved instruments back home with me. Thank you, Pedro, and I am glad to see so many others appreciate your skills as much as I do.
Pedro set up a budget Washburn semi which now plays like a much more expensive guitar.Great sevice and yes, nice fella too.
I can't speak highly enough of Pedro. Expert craftsmanship, reliable, friendly and great value.
I've got a Fender acoustic but I never had it setup before I took it to Pedro. It's now so much easier to play that I wish I'd done it years ago - highly recommended for anyone starting out (it's cheap and quick and will enhance your playing).
Following a recommendation from Mudpie, took my Takamine acoustic to Pedro to have the action lowered. Not only did he do this quickly and efficiently (1 day!) he also adjusted the machine heads and cleaned up the whole guitar. Now much better to play. Excellent service, nice guy, good price. Highly recommended.
Thanks Pedro for a great set up on my Maton acoustic guitar, it's playing and sounding better than ever. A great service and a great guy to deal with!
The very best top end work, fast turnaround and a respect and care for detail. I trust Pedro 100%.
It has been a joy to bring instruments to Pedro over the last year.
I first came to him with a funny request - a delicate 100+ year old andean Charango which had broken thrice in a year and which needed special care. He did a wonderful job at a fair rate, where other repair-folk had charged me astronomical prices and done a botch job. It hasn't broken since.
Since then I have brought three instruments to Pedro, including my main guitar and a Middle-Eastern Oud and have never been disappointed. He is an artist, not batting en eyelid when confronted with exotic and fiddly instruments.
He is reliable, hard working and honest. He always charges me a fair price and talks me through the processes he will undergo and any decisions I must make patiently. It has been a life-saver meeting him and I can't say I'll take a guitar-like instrument elsewhere anymore.
Pedro provided an efficient, professional and friendly service. He fixed my concert classical guitar within a day, for a reasonable price. I highly recommend him.
Great work by Pedro. He doesn't do stuff by default, only what's needed. Explanations of work done make sense and are easy to follow. He wins hands down on delivery times to anyone else I've tried in 15+ years around this city. Top friendly marks.
Excellent guitar tech. He's installed an under bridge pickup on a flamenco guitar and re-wired and set up an arch top for me. Very fast, very honest and very reasonable rates. Highly recommended. (working musician)
Absolutely brilliant work. Great price for a great job! Couldn't have wished for anything more, quick and efficient. I definitely recommend Pedro to anyone, couldn't go anywhere better!
Fantastic service!! Pedro Martins is a great professional who knows what he does!! Many thanks.. 🙂
Two guitars re-wired to a very high standard!
Faultless service from a friendly and informative chap.
Pedro for President!
Pedro took my guitar cause the nut were buzzing and came back a day later with new strings, no buzzing noises, bridge relined and strings re levelled for a good price my guitar sounded amazing and was like new, definitely going back if i need any more repairs done. great service.
Pedro is very highly skilled and bought back to life my teenage daughters guitar that had literally snapped in two! He did a brilliant job and we are so happy. Highly recommend his service.
I bought a Gretsch from new about 5 years ago and I was never happy with it's playability and feel, I took it to Pedro and he had it feeling and sounding like a different guitar in no time. He has great attention to detail and an obvious passion for guitars. I wished I'd gone to him 5 years ago! I highly recommend him!
Pedro was great. He changed two pickups on my Ibanez and a full set up. Dropped off on Saturday, ready on Tuesday. Fantastic service, quick, and great rates. Couldn't recommend more!
I can only echo what others have said about Pedro, and wish I had discovered him before, particularly after paying out lots of money to have my small bodied parlour guitar set up by so called experts in the field, I was gobsmacked to discover that there were still numerous faults with the guitar which should have been spotted by the previous repairers.
Essentially, Pedro spent over two hours to get the action just perfect and stop all the buzzing I was experiencing. He re- modeled the bridge saddle, virtually re-dressed all the frets and then rounded them up after super glueing the edges to ensure they don't lift, cut a new groove in the nut and also did some nifty adjustments to the slots in the bridge where the strings are fed through to adjust the tension. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he worked solidly without a break,the duration I was there. His knowledge and expertise is remarkable and he is also an extremely nice person to talk to! plus his prices are extremely competitive and does not rip you off to get the job done.
I cannot thank you enough Pedro
Took my 57 reissue strat to pedro as the frets were vertually worn to nothing and it just played awful, after a refret and setup it now plays like new. Pedro made an excellent job and it now sings instead of choking out, he even made a dent disappear in the back of the neck that bothered me due to someone being careless at rehearsals. I scoped a few people out in Brighton and didn't really trust them but after meeting pedro believed 100% in his credibility, and he was highly reccomended by some excellent musicians. Pedro was a Pleasure to deal with and didn't rip me off and did exactly what I asked.
Couldn't have asked for more from Pedro, took my Suhr GG in to repair the nut, and walked out with a great job done on that plus many other things he noticed such as raising a couple of frets. He also took the time to add foam to my floating bridge springs to stop them from buzzing! Thats how in depth Pedro will go, without you even asking!
And as for the turn around and price, I couldn't have been happier with the price, AND he turned it around in just one day! I've found my new guitar tech....
What a craftsman, he "rescued" my bridge and restored the action . Great workmanship and extremely good value and prompt too. I don't want problems with my guitar , but its great to know that he exists!
I'm so glad to have met Pedro! My much loved handmade guitar had started to get all sorts wrong with it after 10 years of playing and not enough TLC. Pedro has transformed it back to its original glory and it's a joy to play again! He made all sorts of adjustments, cleaned her up, even moved the strap button to a more sensible place and did a little fix on my guitar case while he was at it! Really friendly, professional, explained everything he was planning to do, fast turnaround and a great price, I can't recommend him enough and will definitely return if my guitar ever needs attention.